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Grants available to further agriculture, food and natural resource education

More than $100,000 available in two competitive grant areas.

April 4, 2023

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EDUCATION GROWTH: Since its establishment, the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council has provided almost $22.1 million in competitive grants, scholarships, sponsored projects and awards. Willard/Getty Images

More than $100,000 is available through the Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council’s grant program to improve agricultural education across the state. Funds will be awarded in two competitive grant areas — Strategic Initiatives and Common Fund.

“MAELC’s grant program allows us to reach our mission of promoting and expanding agriculture, food and natural resources education across the state,” says Sarah Dornink, executive director of MAELC. “We look to support new and current AFNR programming to positively impact as many Minnesotans as possible.”

Common Fund grants are awarded to applications having a statewide impact and are designed to meet specific goals related to the 2025 Minnesota Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education Blueprint. New and innovative ideas are encouraged to support increasing the quality of instruction, increasing the numbers and types of students reached by programs, and projects that improve the understanding of AFNR education.

Strategic Initiative grants are based on the strategies outlined in the AFNR Blueprint and focus on promoting access to AFNR education, improving current programs and providing teacher professional development. These grants support programming at the primary, secondary and postsecondary levels in Minnesota.

Grant applications can be obtained online. Since its establishment, the MAELC has provided almost $22.1 million in competitive grants, scholarships, sponsored projects and awards. These funds were made available to MAELC through the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

All grant applications must be completed online before midnight on April 15.

MAELC is a 16-member legislative council that provides leadership to promote and expand agricultural education in Minnesota. The state Legislature, agricultural educators, and agriculture industry leaders are all represented on the council.

Source: Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council

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