Urban Schools Agricultural Grant Program

Texas Department of Agriculture

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,500

Anticipated deadline: May 16, 2020 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Texas

Location of residency: Texas

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Overview:

The Urban Schools Agricultural Grant Program is an exciting agricultural-related program for urban elementary and middle public school pupils enrolled in districts with populations of 49,000 or more. The program helps improve students' understanding of agriculture through projects such as school vegetable gardens, which can provide lessons not only in horticulture, but also in water conservation and nutrition. Projects are limited only by the extent of an applicant's imagination.

The program provides up to $2,500 each for the funded elementary and middle schools' agricultural demonstration projects. Funding for these grants is sponsored in part by private donations.Selected projects will receive funding on a cost-reimbursement basis. Projects funded must be to establish demonstration agriculture projects or for other projects designed to foster education and/or awareness of agriculture in elementary and middle school students in certain Urban School districts in Texas and should be designed to improve students' understanding and appreciation of agriculture.  

Statement of Purpose

This Request for Applications (RFA) is issued pursuant to the Texas Agriculture Code, §§48.001- 48.005, and Texas Administrative Code, Title 4, Part 1, Chapter 1, §1.800 - §1.804. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) hereby requests applications for grants to fund agricultural projects designed to foster an understanding and awareness of agriculture in public elementary and middle school students, to be conducted during the period of October 1, 2019, through September 30, 2020, from certain Texas urban school districts or nonprofit organizations that partner with these schools. TDA reserves the discretion and authority to make multiple grant awards under the terms of this RFA. TDA further reserves the discretion and authority to make no awards under the terms of this RFA or to cancel or withdraw this RFA at any time.

Agriculture is defined as the science, art, or practice of cultivating the soil, producing crops, raising livestock, and in varying degrees the preparation and marketing of the resulting products. TDA encourages schools to consider partnerships with agricultural organizations, such as a local Master Gardener programs or 4-H or FFA clubs. Projects funded must be dedicated to education and/or awareness of agriculture in public elementary and middle school students in certain urban school districts in Texas and should be designed to improve students’ understanding and appreciation of agriculture.

Urban School Agricultural Grant funds may be used for projects such as but not limited to:

  • School gardens
  • Classroom agriculture projects
  • Small scale livestock projects
  • Field trips
    • Livestock shows
    • Farmers’ markets
    • Farms and Ranches
    • Guest speakers discussing role in agriculture
  • After school projects 

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

Eligibility:

  • Eligible applicants include:
    • Texas public elementary or middle school in an ISD with an enrollment of 49,000 or more, or
    • Non-profit organization that has the support of a Texas public elementary or middle school.

Ineligibility:

  • Please note that beautification projects are not eligible for consideration for purposes of this RFA.