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Gardening For Grades MINI School Garden Grant Guidelines and Application

Thank you for your interest in applying for one of Florida Agriculture in the Classroom’s Gardening for Grades School Garden Mini Grants. The $500 mini grants are meant to supplement FAITC’s Gardening for Grades, a 142‐page book that takes Florida teachers through the process of developing a school garden, and includes lessons to help teachers use the garden to teach math, science, language arts and social studies concepts. The grants will be awarded on a first‐come, first‐serve basis to those who meet all of the grant requirements.

Grant Requirements:

Florida Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc’s School Garden Mini Grant Program is designed to fund school garden projects that will educate Florida’s students about the importance of agriculture and allow teachers to use a school garden to teach math, science, social studies and language arts. Those who receive funding for a school garden project will also receive a copy of Gardening for Grades, a book that helps teachers get the most out of their school gardens, including tips on securing funding, planting Florida fruits and vegetables, and using the garden to teach more than a dozen lesson plans and activities.

Timeline:

  • Grant proposals are still being accepted.
  • Announcement of awards will continue until the grant funds are depleted.
  • Final report due in FAITC office by May 1, 2015. Report forms will be an online form starting this fall.

Eligible Applicants:

Certified, general education and agri science teachers in Florida engaged in classroom instruction at the pre‐kindergarten through 12th grade level who wish to create fruit and vegetable school gardens to enhance students’ understanding of agriculture.

Funding Guidelines:

  • 200 $500 mini grants will be awarded.
  • Grant money must be used to grow Florida fruits and vegetables. A list of approved fruits, vegetables and herbs are posted on the FAITC website.
  • Because of food safety concerns, compost and/or animal waste is not to be used on edible plants.
  • Grant money cannot be used for transportation.
  • Grant money cannot be used for salary or compensation.
  • Grant money cannot be used for clothing, promotional items or giveaway items.
  • Grant money can only be used for the following list of acceptable items:
    • Seeds (fruits and vegetables)
    • Soil
    • Plants (fruits and vegetables)
    • Fertilizer
    • Raised bed materials
    • Greenhouse materials
    • Hydroponics materials
    • Irrigation/watering system materials
  • Grant check will be made payable to the school, not to an individual.
  • Grant checks not cashed within 60 days after receipt will become null and void.

Grant Requirements:

  • Students must be directly involved in project.
  • The use of Gardening for Grades must be demonstrated in the application and final report.
  • A budget outline and timeline must be included with your application.
  • Some amount of in‐kind or monetary contributions must be secured before receiving the grant.
  • Only one grant will be awarded per school.
  • Gardening for Grades (available for free from Florida Agriculture in the Classroom) must be used. A pre- and post-test must be administered to the students participating in the project. Pre- and post-test results must be included in the final report. Pre‐ and post‐tests can be found at the end of each lesson in Gardening for Grades.
  • A final report is due to FAITC office no later than May 1, 2015. Required: Please include a disc of pictures from the project and signed copies of photo release forms for students appearing in the photos.
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