|The American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has awarded 23 $500 mini-grants to communities across the nation. The grants are awarded through the Foundation’s White-Reinhardt Fund for Education program. The grants are allocated through county and state Farm Bureaus and are used to create new agricultural literacy projects or expand on existing agricultural literacy efforts. Criteria for selecting winners included: the effectiveness of demonstrating a strong connection between agriculture and education; how successfully the project enhances learner engagement in today’s food, fiber and fuel systems; and the processes and timelines for accomplishing project goals. “Teaching young rural and urban students about the importance of agriculture and the vital role it plays in our everyday lives is the primary goal of the mini-grant program,” said Julie Tesch, executive director of the Foundation. “The program was developed to help Farm Bureau members by providing free tools to share with educators in their communities.”
The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the Foundation in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau’s Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.
2015 Mini-Grants Awarded to State and County Farm Bureaus:
The Foundation will announce a second mini-grant application process in fall 2015. Applications will be available online at http://www.agfoundation.org under Projects- White-Reinhardt Mini-Grants.