Farmers have until April 1 to nominate local school districts for grants to fund math and science projects that prepare students for increasingly technology-driven careers.
Through the “America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education” program, grants of $10,000 and $25,000 from the Monsanto Fund are awarded to rural public school districts across the U.S. to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programming.
More than 650 school districts have received over $9 million from Grow Rural Education and its partnership with farmers to enhance opportunities available to students in rural America. School districts across the country have used their grants in a variety of ways:
- constructing aquaponics-outfitted greenhouses
- establishing robotics programs
- creating curriculum to help communities solve environmental sustainability challenges
Nominate by April 1
Between now and April 1, farmers in eligible counties can nominate public school districts in their communities to apply for a $10,000 or $25,000 grant at www.GrowRuralEducation.com. Nominated school districts can then submit grant applications through April 15 to compete for the funds to strengthen and expand their math or science programs.
All school applications are evaluated based on merit, need and community support. The America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory Council, a group of farmers from across the U.S., will select the winning grant applications, which will be announced in August.