CalAgPlate Grant Program

California Department of Food & Agriculture

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Grant amount: US $2,500 - US $10,000

Anticipated deadline: Oct 7, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit Indigenous Group Government Entity

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Conference

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

The California Department of Food and Agriculture is pleased to announce the competitive solicitation process to award the 2019 CalAgPlate grant program funds that promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels. The CalAgPlate program is funded with proceeds generated through the sale of specialized, agricultural-themed license plates through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)

Purpose

The purpose of this program is to support agricultural education, agricultural career awareness and development, agricultural career training, and agricultural leadership development to assist students at the kindergarten through twelfth grade (K-12), post-secondary, and adult education levels. Supporting these educational and training areas will provide participants further agricultural opportunities and experiences at the local and statewide levels.

The CalAgPlate program is consistent with CDFA’s mission to protect and promote California’s agricultural sector. 

Funding and Eligibility

CDFA anticipates that up to $250,000 will be awarded to projects to support agricultural education and training. Future funding is dependent upon generated CalAgPlate fees. 

Tier 1 – California Adopted Agricultural Education Programs

Up to 85 percent ($212,500) of total available grant award funding is reserved for the California FFA Association; the non-profit organization that represents state adopted Agricultural Education Programs (Education Code Sections 52450-52454). These programs havep  roven to be effective on a statewide basis in meeting the priorities and intent of the CalAgPlate program. 

Awards under Tier 1 range from a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $212,500.

Tier 2 – Local/Community/State Agricultural Education Programs

Up to 15 percent ($37,500) of available funding for grant awards are eligible for Local/Community/State Agricultural Education Programs. This Tier is open to non-profit organizations, as well as state, local and Indian tribal government agencies within California which promote and administer agricultural education and leadership programs targeting K-12, post-secondary, and adult education, with the exception of universities. Individual schools and school districts are encouraged to partner with eligible non-profit organizations.

Grant awards under Tier 2 range from $2,500 to $10,000 per project.

Program Goals

The CalAgPlate program is devoted to enhancing youth agricultural programs to further support agricultural educational, career education, career training, and leadership development goals.

The CalAgPlate program goals are: 

  • Agricultural Education: Increase the availability of and access to agricultural education in communities throughout the state to provide participants with an enriched understanding of agricultural production, business management, and the diverse environmental complexities associated with farming (i.e. air and water).
  • Agricultural Career Awareness and Development: Encourage more students to enter the farming profession through greater recognition and promotion of the skills needed for agricultural production including marketing, computer/electrical/mechanical engineering, and agricultural/environmental science.
  • Agricultural Career Training: Further develop opportunities and programs for agricultural career training that links private agricultural businesses with participants to provide hands-on experience and mentorships for those individuals interested in an agricultural profession.
  • Agricultural Leadership Development: Enhance youth and adult leadership development activities and professional skill sets through educational and leadership experiences that expose participants to government, private business and non-profit organizations that work on agricultural policy.

The CalAgPlate program is designed to ensure that students have access to agricultural education, leadership, and career training opportunities to enrich their understanding of California agriculture. 

Funding Categories

CDFA has identified three funding categories. Funding categories are intended to help prospective applicants develop their projects and submit to the most appropriate category. Eligible projects are not limited to the examples listed below.

Agricultural Education

In this funding category, CDFA will consider projects that enhance and benefit agricultural education opportunities for students and educators.

Examples:

  • School garden programs
  • Hands-on agriculture learning experiences
  • Field trips to farms/ranches
  • Agriculture demonstrations/activities (e.g., fair exhibits)
  • Agricultural curriculum development and implementation

Agricultural Career Awareness, Development and Training

In this funding category, CDFA will consider projects that promote and support agricultural career development and training for high school and college students.

Examples:

  • Hands-on training experiences and mentorship programs
  • Outreach programs and career fairs
  • Informational workshops for next generation/beginning farmers
  • Agricultural education programs and events

Agricultural Leadership Development

In this funding category, CDFA will consider projects that provide leadership experiences and skills for participants that encourage agriculture leadership development.

Examples:

  • Agricultural leadership conferences
  • Agricultural leadership training programs
  • Education tours focusing on agricultural policy issues/areas 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Tier 1 –Applicants interested in applying for Tier 1 funding must coordinate directly with the California FFA Association
  • Tier 2 - This Tier is open to non-profit organizations, as well as state, local and Indian tribal government agencies within California which promote and administer agricultural education and leadership programs targeting K-12, post-secondary, and adult education, with the exception of universities.
    • Individual schools and school districts are encouraged to partner with eligible non-profit organizations.
  • Number of Grant Proposals:
    • Applicants may submit multiple Grant Proposals; however applicants should not submit multiple Grant Proposals for a single project.
    • Each submission should be for a wholly unique project.
    • No more than three Grant Proposals from the same organization will be considered.

Preferences:

  • Special consideration will be given to Grant Proposals from statewide organizations  administering programs that have curriculum approved by the California Department of Education. Individual local community clubs, chapters and organizations are considered separate from statewide organizations.

Ineligibility:

  • Unallowable Expenses:
    • Include, but are not limited to raffles, incentives, gifts, donations of produce grown with CalAgPlate funds, hospitality suites, alcoholic beverages, costs of entertainment (including amusement, diversion and social activities and any costs directly associated with such costs such as tickets to shows or sports events, meals, lodging, rentals, transportation, and gratuities), and costs for organized fundraising including financial campaigns and solicitation of gifts.
    • Unallowable costs will not be reimbursed.
  • Administrative Costs: CalAgPlate program funds will not be approved to support administrative costs of a project.
  • Scholarships: CalAgPlate program funds cannot be used to support, augment, or create scholarship programs
  • Advertising and Promotion:
    • Product advertising through any media, either directly or indirectly, through an advertising or other firm is unallowable and will not be reimbursed.
    • Purchase of free giveaways and gift items to give away to the public are unallowable.
      • Items include, but are not limited to key chains, t-shirts, hats, pens, etc.
  • Program Income: Income generated from a CalAgPlate program activity or earned as a result of the award must be reinvested into the CalAgPlate agricultural educational program.