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LEARN BY DOING GRANT

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.  


The Foundation has awarded $66,327.10 to support agriculture education through this grant program over the last 5 years.  With the support of Pioneer Seeds and concessions sales at Ag Progress Days and PA Farm Show, the Pennsylvania FFA Foundation was very excited to award $12,000 in 2019, to Learning By Doing Grant winners.  

To view pictures of 2018 recipient projects, visit our photo album. 

Applications Due:  November 15th 
Awarding of Grants:  December 21st
Impact Report Due:  May 1st
Recognition: FFA Summer Convention

Additional Resources:
2019-20 Learning by Doing Flyer
2019-20 Score Card

 

MIDATLANTIC FARM CREDIT VIRTUAL SHOWCASE CONTEST

Due: October 16, 2020

MidAtlantic Farm Credit recognizes how important the fair experience is for youth animal projects.  They are offering an exciting opportunity to enter their essay or video contest with your youth livestock, dairy, horse, poultry, or rabbit projects.  The contest is open to 4-H and FFA youth, ages 8-18 who reside in a MidAtlantic service area.  

The Essay and video submissions are due by 11:59pm on October 16, 2020 and must be submitted electronically.  For more contest details or to submit your essay or video, visit the MidAtlantic Farm Credit Virtual Showcase Contest page.  

 

GRANTS FOR GROWING

Application due: Open February
https://www.ffa.org/grants-for-growing/

The Grants for Growing program will feature a new scope and timeline for 2020. FFA chapter advisors can apply for funding to support one of three areas: Grow Your Classroom, Grow Your FFA Chapter, or Grow Your Ag Awareness. To access the Grants for Growing application, you must have an FFA.org username and password. 

 

AGRABILITY PA CONTEST

The AgrAbility PA Contest for Pennsylvania FFA Chapters is closed.  Check out the AgrAbility website for ideas and information.  

 

LIVING TO SERVE GRANT

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.” ~Martin Luther King Jr. 

How is your chapter Living to Serve? FFA offers Day of Service Mini-Grants for $400 to support chapters in planning community service events. The application is easy, and you can apply for funds to support a one-day service event that focuses on topics such as Community Safety; Hunger, Health and Nutrition; Environmental Responsibility; or Community Engagement. 

Find out more at https://www.ffa.org/LivingtoServe/grants

If you have questions, the Living to Serve team is here to help. You can email them at [email protected] 

 

AMERICA'S FARMERS GROW RURAL EDUCATION

The Grow Rural Education program, sponsored by the Bayer Fund, allows eligible farmers to nominate their local public school district for grants to help enhance STEM education. Once nominated, school districts submit applications to compete for $10,000 or $25,000 grants to help fund projects that enhance their STEM curriculum.  

To get more information on the program, please visit https://www.americasfarmers.com/grow-rural-education/.

Applications period: January 1-April 15

 

NATIONAL FFA SAE GRANT

Current FFA members can start or expand a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) project with a grant from National FFA. A limited number of grants of $1,000 each are available to current FFA members each year. 

To learn more and to apply, visit https://www.ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships/sae-grants/

Application period: Mid-September - November 15

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NEW CENTURY FARMER CONFERENCE

The New Century Farmer conference brings together FFA members and alumni between the ages of 18-24 for an all-expenses-paid week of exploring diverse farm business operations, learning from industry experts, and networking with other young producers. New Century Farmers also develop a vision statement that will guide the future of their operation.

This is a powerful professional and personal development experience that is offered at no cost to members. More information about the conference can be found hereApplications are due March 1st and can be found here.