Education Grants Program
In 2022 $72K is earmarked for grants in 6 categories! This support of Maine agriculture education in grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12 is a direct result of the Maine Agricultural Specialty License Plate and a USDA Professional Development in Agricultural Literacy grant for secondary culinary arts instruction. Please select the category that applies to your project. (If your project includes a school garden and/or greenhouse please select category #4 School Gardens and Greenhouses.)
Click links below to view/download the 2022 Requests for Applications.
2021 Grants Funded
Agriculture Awareness $1,000
Burchard A. Dunn Elementary School - Martha Gill, New Gloucester
Pre-K students may be our youngest learners, but they can be our newest teachers too! By giving Pre-K students experiences, responsibilities and tools we can empower them to share their learning. They can teach others the importance of agriculture and become our next generation of great Maine citizens!
Ralph M. Atwood Primary School - Jennifer McGee, Oakland
Ralph M. Atwood Primary School's "All Year Gardening at Atwood" Agricultural Awareness Grant Project will provide educational opportunities for students to increase their garden knowledge year round with the addition of Aerogardens in their classrooms. Students will learn daily where their food comes from and promote healthy eating choices.
Agriculture Awareness $2,000
Saccarappa School - Abi Tucker, Westbrook
Saccarappa Elementary School has a school-based gardening program which includes a beautiful outdoor space, greenhouse, and thirteen raised beds. As the next step in our garden plan, the food service team would like to request funding for a hydroponics growing system which would be centrally located in our school cafeteria.
RSU#19 Nokomis Regional Middle/High School - Keith Kelley, Newport
Harvesting, Processing and Producing our own wood from schools property to build student guitars and projects. In this project students will cut lumber to process using a portable saw mill, build a solar powered kiln to dry wood, laminate and plane the wood into blanks for guitar bodies and necks. Once created students will build their own electric guitars using this material.
Maine FFA Alumni Association - Darick Williams, Presque Isle
Maine FFA Alumni website and database is intended to bring FFA members, Advisor and the Alumni Association together for resources and help in the classroom.
Ashland District School - Janet Perry, Ashland
As we continue to be in very unusual times, we aren't able to travel as normal. However, Ashland FFA hopes to continue learning about agriculture outside the traditional classroom setting with any possible student trips - perhaps exploring agriculture within Maine; we also plan to attend the 2022 State FFA Convention.
School Garden and Greenhouse
Washington Academy - Robin Gautier, East Machias
Building on the success of a collaborative 3,000 sq ft garden, Washington Academy will continue to expand Community FEAST in partnership with Healthy Acadia and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. This student-driven model is addressing food security as students engage in STEM-related learning and community partnerships.
Statewide Agriculture Organization
Maine School Garden Network - Susan Joy Sager, Augusta
Maine School Garden Network seeks to deepen our connections in the vast communities of Maine, offering an opportunity to bring together our 100+ school garden coordinators from across the state, ensuring all regions with educational gardens feel connected with our organization, other school gardens and, overall, the resources and support they need to thrive.
Maine Dairy & Nutrition Council/Maine Dairy Promotion Board - Jami Badershall, Augusta
While dairy farming has been in Maine for years, there are some exciting new developments in the industry, especially around sustainability and nutrition. Through live farm tours and follow up activities and lessons, we hope to bring some of this emerging science into Maine classrooms.