Competitive grants available for ag education


Grant applications must be completed online before midnight on November 15, 2019

The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council(MAELC) is now accepting applications for two competitive grants for promoting and expanding agricultural education in the state of Minnesota. Approximately $160,000 is available between the Common Fund and the Strategic Initiatives grant programs. Grant applications must be completed online at before midnight on November 15, 2019. The next round of grants will be due April 15, 2020.

Common Fund grants are awarded to applications having a statewide impact and are designed to meet specific goals related to the 2025 Minnesota Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource (AFNR) Education Blueprint. New and innovative ideas are encouraged to support increasing quality of instruction, increasing the numbers and types of students reached by programs, and projects that improve the understanding of AFNR education.

Strategic Initiative grants are based on the strategies outlined in the AFNR Blueprint and focus on promoting access to AFNR education, improving current programs, and providing teacher professional development. These grants support programming at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary levels in Minnesota.



“MAELC’s grant programs are critical to meeting the goals and supporting the strategies of the 2025 AFNR Blueprint, which helps strengthen agriculture, food and natural resource education at all levels in Minnesota,” said Sarah Dornink, Executive Director of MAELC. Since its establishment, MAELC has provided over $16.1 million in competitive grants, scholarships, sponsored projects and awards.

Grant applications can be obtained online at

MAELC is a 17-member legislative council that provides leadership to promote and expand agricultural education in Minnesota. The state legislature, agricultural educators, and agriculture industry leaders are all represented on the council.

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