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).