Common Fund Grants

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MAELC will award Common Fund grants to applications having a statewide impact. This grant program is designed to encourage collaborative initiatives with an emphasis on agriculture, food, and natural resource education programs at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels. Only single-year funding requests will be accepted. Applications are due April 15 and November 15, 2020.


Special Consideration will be given to grants that incorporate at least one or more of the following MAELC Goals:

  • Increasing the quality of instruction to prepare strong graduates from diverse backgrounds for current and future careers in agriculture, food and natural resources (AFNR)
  • Increasing the numbers and types of students, graduates, teachers, and community members involved in AFNR education to meet present and future needs
  • Improving the understanding of AFNR education by making accurate and complete information widely available to students, parents, school administrators, teachers, and employers

Over the last five years, grant awards have ranged from $8,000 to $32,500 with the average award amount being $23,000.


Application Procedures and Guidelines
For more information about the Common Fund grant program and an application overview, please review the "Common Fund Application Guidelines" (PDF).

Grant Winners

FY 2020 - Round 2

Institution Amount Project Description
Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) $29,923 Professional Development for Agricultural Education Teachers
Minnesota Department of Education $24,000 Work-Based Learning & Leadership Development of Minnesota Agricultural Education; Agricultural Experience Tracker (AET)
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED $53,923  

FY 2020 - Round 1

Institution Amount Project Description
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum $10,000 Agricultural, Food and Natural Resource Education at the Arboretum's Red Barn Farm
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED $10,000  

FY 2019 - Round 2

Institution Amount Project Description
Minnesota Agriculture in the Classroom $21,900 Food for Thought
Minnesota Association of Agricultural Educators (MAAE) $31,100 Professional Development for Minnesota Agriculture Teachers
Minnesota Department of Education $19,500 AFNR Curriculum Review
University of Minnesota-Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing $11,240 Jr. MANRRS Leadership Institute
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED $83,740  

FY 2019 - Round 1

Institution Amount Project Description
Minnesota FFA Association $7,650 Minnesota FFA Strategic Planning Session
University of Minnesota-Agricultural Education, Communication & Marketing $14,670 Securing the Future of Agriscience Literacy: Communication Pedagogy in the Agriscience Classroom
TOTAL AMOUNT AWARDED $22,320