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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 $186,000 to support agriculture education through the Learning by Doing Grant program over the last 6 years.  With the support of Pennsylvania Commission for Agriculture Excellence and concessions sales at Ag Progress Days and PA Farm Show, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation was very excited to award $45,000 in Fall 2021/Spring 2022 application window, to Learning by Doing Grant winners. 

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 allows applications to be judged solely on criteria outlined in the scorecard.  


Online Applications

FFA Members for SAE Projects Application 
FFA Chapter Application
Agriculture Educators Application

Due Date: May 8, 2023
Grants Awarded: May 22, 2023
Reporting Due: September 1, 2023
Recognition: FFA Summer Convention 2024

Additional Resources:
Learning by Doing Flyer
Score Card

Spring 2022 Learning by Doing Recipients Reporting Form

Fall 2022 Learning By Doing Recipients Reporting Form

Advisor's Signature Page
Donation Claim Form


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Learning by Doing Success Stories

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Oley Valley FFA

Chapter Grant - Vet Tech Equipment


Waynesburg FFA

Chapter Grant - Agricultural Technology

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Mackenzie Kerkeslager

Supervised Agricultural Experience - Ice Cream Production

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Ellie Rose and Kayla Hetrick

Supervised Agricultural Experience - Greenhouse

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Garin Hoy

Supervised Agricultural Experience - Sheep Jugs, Adding a Barrier of Protection

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Michael Lewis

Supervised Agricultural Experience - Apiary

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Ellis Turner

Supervised Agricultural Experience - Freezer Pork Entrepreneurship

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Reese Gabreski

Supervised Agricultural Experience - Beef Nutrition and Handling

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Kutztown FFA

Chapter Grant - Community Service Project with Broiler Chickens

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Northeast Bradford FFA

Chapter Grant - Food Waste Composting

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H.G Parkinson FFA Chapter

Chapter Grant - Fort Cherry School District Tree Identification Project

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Douglas Masser

Agriculture Educator Grant - Pequea Valley Bird Biodiversity Project

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Athens FFA

Chapter Grant - Athens Area School District Companion Animal Project (Rabbits)

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Jasmin VanSant

Agriculture Educator Grant - Pequea Valley Poultry Processing Station

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Grand Canyon FFA

Chapter Grant - Chicken BBQ Cooker Trailer