Grants

HORIZON & RISING SUN Grants

The Missouri FFA Foundation has two grant opportunities to help Missouri high school agriculture education programs prepare the workforce to meet the future needs of the Missouri agriculture industry.

The Horizon Grants support updates or improvements needed for existing high school agriculture education programming. Schools may ask for $10,000-$20,000 in funding for projects that will enhance, replace, or expand existing facilities, equipment, lab supplies, curriculum, etc. The Horizon Grant requests should include at least a 50% local match.

The Rising Sun Grants support the launch of new high school agriculture education programs or new to the school agriculture education programming/classes. Schools may ask for $25,000-$50,000 in funding for facilities, equipment, lab supplies, curriculum, etc. A 25% local match is required.

Proposed projects for both grant programs should address at least one need and/or align with the strategies outlined in the 2020 study entitled Workforce Needs Assessment of Missouri’s Food, Agriculture and Forestry Industries.

The 2024 Horizon and Rising Sun Grants have been made possible due to generous support from the State of Missouri and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

    • APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 19, 2024
LEARNING BY DOING Classroom Grants

Technology Enhancement Grants

Teachers can apply for up to $1000 in funds for the purchase of new or update of existing technology to be used in agriculture education instruction. Almost any type of technology is eligible for funding. Some examples would include but are not limited to ultrasound machines for livestock production, energy efficient climate controls for greenhouses, 3-D printers for making hard to find/fit parts in ag mechanics classes, and drones for crop production. These grants are supported through the generosity of Google.org. With this funding, 4 grants of up to $1000 each will be awarded.

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Production Agriculture, Agri-Business, and Rural Lifestyle Grants

Teachers can apply for up to $500 in funds to enhance instruction in production agriculture, agri-business, or other areas that support a rural lifestyle. Enhancements may include but are not limited to the purchase of new lab equipment, machinery, supplies, curriculum or other teaching resources; modifications to existing lab equipment, machinery or facilities; implementation of innovative programming for students; or anything else that will enhance agriculture education. These grants are supported through the generosity of Growing America’s Farmers and the Rural King Foundation. With this funding, 7 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded.

LEARNING BY DOING GRANTS

The Missouri FFA Foundation is excited to offer the first Learning by Doing Grants to agriculture education teachers in Missouri. Teachers can apply for up to $500 in funds to enhance instruction in production agriculture, agri-business, or other areas that support a rural lifestyle. Enhancements may include but are not limited to the purchase of new lab equipment, machinery, supplies, curriculum or other teaching resources; modifications to existing lab equipment, machinery or facilities; implementation of innovative programming for students; or anything else that will enhance agriculture education.

The 2022 grants are supported through the generosity of Growing America’s Farmers and the Rural King Foundation. For this round of funding 13 grants of up to $500 each will be awarded.

 

Applications are due February 14. For more information or to apply, please view the

GRANT APPLICATION DOWNLOAD  Word / PDF

SCORING RUBRIC DOWNLOAD   PDF

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HEATHER DIMITT-FLETCHER
Jefferson City, MO

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