We believe agricultural education students should have the maximum opportunity to grow and succeed, leaving high school as prepared as is possible for the world ahead. That's why we believe in enhancing the curriculum, the opportunities, and the tools available in agricultural education classrooms through the Learning by Doing Grants. There are three types of grants available through the Learning By Doing Grant program: grants for students to develop their Supervised Agricultural Experience, grants for FFA chapters to provide classroom materials that further agricultural instruction or fund community service projects, and grants for agriculture teachers for professional development or teaching materials.
The Foundation has awarded $124,962 to support agriculture education through the Learning By Doing Grant program over the last 6 years. With the support of Pioneer Seeds, Farm and Home Foundation of Lancaster, Ag Choice and MidAtlantic Farm Credit, Lancaster Ag Council, Bell & Evans, Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement, and concessions sales at Ag Progress Days and PA Farm Show, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation was very excited to award $30,000 in Fall 2020, to Learning By Doing Grant winners. With the generous support of The Pennsylvania Commission for Ag Excellence and the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation was able to offer a second grant opportunity to FFA members, advisors, and chapters in the Spring of 2021. The total amount of Learning by Doing Grant money awarded during the 2020-2021 fiscal year was over $58,000 an increase of $36,000 from the 2019-2020 fiscal year.
Grant applications are judged by a group of volunteers including Pennsylvania FFA Foundation Trustees, retired agricultural education instructors, and industry leaders. Applicant names and schools are removed from the application prior to being sent to the judges which allow applications to be judged solely on criteria outlined in the scorecard.
Impact Report Due: October 1, 2021
Recognition: FFA Summer Convention
Caleb Bryant &
Gillian Goldstein &
Nathan M LaGrelius
Peter Modrovsky &
Angel Sanchez &
Dianne K. Jarema
Jasmine P. VanSant
Grand Canyon FFA
Chapter Grant - Athens Area School District Companion Animal Project (Rabbits)
Supervised Agricultural Experience - Apiary
Supervised Agricultural Experience - Freezer Pork Entrepreneurship
Supervised Agricultural Experience - Greenhouse
Supervised Agricultural Experience - Sheep Jugs, Adding a Barrier of Protection
Supervised Agricultural Experience - Beef Nutrition and Handling
Chapter Grant - Chicken BBQ Cooker Trailer
Chapter Grant - Fort Cherry School District Tree Identification Project
Agriculture Teacher Grant - Pequea Valley Bird Biodiversity Project
Agriculture Teacher Grant - Pequea Valley Poultry Processing Station