The Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation (IALF) is making grants available to support local efforts to develop an understanding of agriculture in students and adults.
The Agriculture Literacy Challenge offers five grants of up to $1,000 to help communities initiate new projects or expand existing projects that promote agriculture literacy through education and outreach. Grants can be used to fund innovative lessons, activities, classroom resources, guest speakers, outreach programs, field trips and other projects.
Organizations that have agriculture education as a part of their mission or purpose are eligible to apply. Applicants can use available resources to help teach others. Programs like FarmChat and Agriculture in the Classroom are encouraged.
"One in five jobs in Iowa is in the agriculture industry, but most Iowans don’t have a direct connection to agriculture production or the agriculture industry,” said IALF Executive Director Will Fett. “These grants will help elevate the understanding of the chain of production from the farm field to the dinner plate and everything in between.”
The deadline for application is April 9, and the proposed project must take place between April 1 and Oct. 31. To apply online or for more information, visit www.iowaagliteracy.org.