The Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation is offering matching grants of up to $500 to groups sponsoring programs or projects that promote agricultural literacy. Grants will be awarded for amounts up to $500 to applicants that secure or provide equal matching funds for the proposed project. Grants may be awarded for less than the full amount requested, based upon discretion of the judges and the funds available. The budget section of this application provides space for detailing the amount requested and how it will be utilized.
Grant Selection Criteria
A judging committee will review all funding requests that are properly completed and postmarked by the April 1 deadline. Completed applications must be typed or computer-generated, using a font size no smaller than 10-point. The application may be reproduced using word-processing software only if line/page spacing is not altered. Please submit five copies of the application (the original can be signed and then 4 copies made from it). An editable form of this application is available below.
The proposed project must be targeted to grades PreK-12 and should enhance student knowledge of the contribution made by agriculture. Projects that use funds toward an ongoing, sustainable education effort will receive preference over those that involve a “one-time” program. Proposed projects or events designed to reach large groups of students will be given preference, as will those that involve innovative approaches to promoting agricultural literacy. Continuing, annual or on-going projects should show plans for improvement, expansion of program, or other changes the grant will help achieve.
Each funding request must include the following:
- Goals and objectives of project – 20%
- Description of proposed project and how it enhances student awareness of agriculture – 40%
- Itemized budget summary – 20%
- Project timetable – 5%
- Methods to be used to measure the success of the project –5%
- Listing of local groups, individuals or other partnering organizations involved in the proposed project – 10%
- 100 word summary of the project for press releases and promotional purposes
- Signature of applicant and matching group representative (required)
Complete the attached form and return postmarked by April 1 to: Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation, Agriculture in the Classroom, P.O. Box 5550, Madison, WI 53705. Winning applicants will be notified by early May. All projects that receive funding must be completed by May 31. A final report of the project and how funds were utilized must be submitted to WFBF by June 30.
For more information:
Please contact Darlene Arneson at 608.828.5719 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.