The Oklahoma Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture has announced three new grant programs to help share the story of agriculture in communities across the state.
Offering more than $16,000, the mini grant program, the Growing with the Foundation grant program and the Community Harvest grant program were created to help Oklahomans of all ages experience agriculture.
“Over the past several years, we’ve continued to see consumers become increasingly interested in their food and the people who grow and raise it,” said David VonTungeln, OKFB Foundation for Agriculture president. “We’re hopeful these grants will help our fellow Oklahomans gain a deeper appreciation for the hard work of our state’s farmers and ranchers.”
Designed for county Farm Bureaus, 4-H clubs, FFA chapters or teachers, the mini grant program, a $500 grant, was created to establish educational programs for school-aged children or adults to improve agriculture literacy. The mini grant is offered twice a year in March and September, with a total of 10 $500 grants awarded each year. Applications for the first cycle must be submitted by September 1.
The Growing with the Foundation grant program will assist one school with $5,000 to purchase a greenhouse. Additionally, the program will provide five classrooms with floral and vegetable grow kits valued at $500 each. Applications for this grant program must be submitted by October 1.
Individual 4-H chapters and FFA clubs may apply for the Community Harvest Grant Program to receive up to $1,000 to support a service-learning project focused on creating and implementing sustainable food production to address 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.