Nebraska Farm Bureau Foundation offers two, $500 competitive Agricultural Literacy Classroom Grants to PreK-8 teachers who have classroom projects that use agricultural concepts to teach reading, writing, math, science, social studies, and more. Sample projects include classroom and schoolyard gardens, and aquaculture projects.

Eligibility Guidelines:

  • Project objectives should enhance student knowledge of the contributions made by agriculture.
  • Applications are welcome from schools and after-school programs.
  • Grant recipients are required to submit an online final report by June 30, 2020.
  • To feature grant recipients, Nebraska Farm Bureau will send a videographer to capture the project. Photos and/or videos of the project and signed copies of photo release forms of students appearing in photos and videos must be given to Nebraska Farm Bureau.
  • Applications must be submitted by October 15th.

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Restrictions

  • Because of food safety concerns, animal waste manure is not to be used on edible plants (fruits, vegetables, herbs) if a garden is a part of the project.
  • Winners agree to use food safe handling guidelines for any compost used in a school garden that is part of this project to reduce the risk of plant and human disease-causing organisms. These organisms are killed when internal temperatures are maintained between 130-170 degrees Fahrenheit over a period of several days. Additional information about composting and national and state resources can be found on the US Composting website.

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