Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture is proud to offer more than $16,000 in 2021 through three newly-established grant programs! With more than 15 grant opportunities available for organizations and schools alike, the grants were developed with the intention to help educate consumers about their food while connecting them with producers.
From agricultural literacy to food production and everything in between, recipients of the grants will have the opportunity to learn about agriculture and growing food while gaining hands-on experience or helping share with members of their community.
Ranging from $500 to $5,000, recipients will have the opportunity to share the story of agriculture throughout their communities in a variety of ways. Potential projects could include establishing a laying hen project, building a community garden, hosting a community event focused on agricultural education and much more.
Mini Grant Program
Designed for 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, teachers and county Farm Bureaus, this $500 grant was created to establish educational programs for school-aged children or adults to improve agriculture literacy. The promotion of agriculture within your community can include supporting an Ag in the Classroom event, hosting an interactive booth at a farmer’s market, and much more. The mini grant is offered twice a year in March and September for a total of 10 grants awarded each year. Applications for the first cycle must be submitted by September 1.
Growing with the Foundation Grant Program
Introduce students to the world of horticulture by applying for the Growing with the Foundation Grant Program. The recipient will receive a $5,000 grant to help in purchasing supplies for a school greenhouse, with five additional schools receiving classroom floral and vegetable grow kits valued at $500. By learning to grow their own food, students will be able to see sustainable models that they can implement in their homes and neighborhood. Applications for this grant program must be submitted by October 1.
Community Harvest Grant Program
Youth organizations across the state looking to fight hunger are encouraged to apply for the Community Harvest Grant Program. Individual 4-H chapters and FFA clubs may apply for up to $1,000 to support a service-learning project focused on developing and implementing sustainable food production that addresses hunger in the community. Projects can include developing a community garden, creating a school pantry, hosting a class for the community and much more. Applications must be submitted by November 1.