Make sure your Promotion and Education chair knows about the Oct. 15, 2017 deadline for applying for the next round of White-Reinhardt Grants from the American Farm Bureau Federation Foundation for Agriculture.
Awards of up to $500 are available to help fund new or existing county-level P&E projects involving education programs for grades K-12.
In recent years, county Farm Bureaus have put White-Reinhardt funds to good use:
- Antrim County Farm Bureau used White-Reinhardt funds to team up with a local FFA chapter, helping them construct several interactive displays for teaching K-8 students about agricultural commodities including corn, beef, cherries, apples and hay.
- Benzie-Manistee County Farm Bureau started a mobile library of agricultural books, supplemented by educational supplies to help teachers and volunteers provide accurate lessons with activities encouraging students’ further exploration.
- Clinton County Farm Bureau’s Skype-based program centers around a virtual farm visit, supplemented by books and educator guides to further enhance students’ comprehension of agricultural topics.
- Gratiot County Farm Bureau brought together high school students and second-graders over pizza during a series of monthly classroom activities focused on agriculture. Small groups of agriscience high-schoolers partnered with second-grade classrooms, delivering a 20-30 minute lessons on various agricultural topics—all relating to pizza!
- Lenawee County Farm Bureau incorporated an erosion model at their annual Project RED (Rural Education Day), adding an important topic to their event not previously addressed.
- Missaukee County Farm Bureau built a small greenhouse to teach seventh-graders about small-scale farming, and procured accurate learning materials for teaching students about gardening.
- Northwest Michigan Farm Bureau launched agricultural day camps to provide hands-on farming experiences for ages 4-10. Participants learned about food, fiber and fuel systems in relation to local agriculture.
- Washtenaw County Farm Bureau strengthened its close relationship with Lawton Elementary School in Ann Arbor by putting White-Reinhardt funds toward the purchase of agriculture-appropriate books and a compost system for the school’s pizza garden.
The fall application is for programs planned for next spring and summer (2018). Read the guidelines and selection criteria carefully and get your application in by Oct. 15!
View the guidelines and complete your application online at the AFBF Ag Foundation website: http://www.agfoundation.org/projects/mini-grants-application-process
For more information, contact Tonia Ritter (517-679-5345) or Amelia Miller (517-679-5688).