The Mini-Grant Program funds projects that will increase agricultural literacy. County and state Farm Bureaus may apply for grants of up to $500 for classroom education programs for grades K-12 to initiate new programs or expand existing programs to additional grade levels or new subject areas. Grants are available on a competitive basis.
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a special project of the Foundation in cooperation with the AFB Women’s Leadership Committee. It was established to honor two former chairs of that committee, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were leaders in the national effort to improve agricultural literacy.
This cycle of mini-grant applications is now closed. Read mini-grant guidelines here.
2014 Fall Mini-Grants Awarded
|Chaves County Farm Bureau, New Mexico||Educational program that incorporates the poem “Harvest Told” and a “Tracking My Taco” activity to teach students where their food comes from and how markets operate, as well as the importance of sustainable agriculture.|
|Colorado Farm Bureau||A Mobile Ag Trailer to be used at schools, county fairs and other events with five “Educational Barns” that illustrate ag commodities and industries in Colorado.|
|Cook County Farm Bureau, Illinois||Summer library program to introduce urban children to livestock and their uses through literature, learning activities and a craft or snack.|
|Davison/Hanson County Farm Bureau, South Dakota||Creation of a combining DVD and display to teach students about the harvesting process and products made from crops.|
|Franklin County Farm Bureau, Maine||Supplemental agricultural literature for the “Book Nook” that accompanies raised bed gardens, to reinforce the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching.|
|Franklin County Farm Bureau, Virginia||“What’s in the Garden?” project to educate pre—K-5 students on how food grows from soil to table through hands-on activities, interactive labs and age-appropriate printed materials.|
|Irwin County Farm Bureau, Georgia||Creation of an Agriculture Reading corner for the local elementary school that contains accurate ag books to encourage children to explore the world of agriculture through literature.|
|Kalamazoo County Farm Bureau, Michigan||The Barn Library, a traveling library with 20-40 ag books to teach students the importance of farming and agriculture to the Michigan economy.|
|Madison County Farm Bureau, Idaho||A greenhouse to be integrated into the junior high school science curriculum. Students will have hands-on opportunities to see plant growth and plant structure.|
|Monroe County Farm Bureau, Illinois||Agriculture Book of the Month Club where 3rd grade classrooms in the Columbia School District will receive books each month.|
|Wexford County Farm Bureau, Michigan||Expand the current Book Barn by purchasing books on Michigan food products, expanding reading level to 4th grade and replacing worn out books.|