Grants are available to help your community

The 2019 ’Americas Farmers campaign has kicked off with the Grow Rural Education program launch, which provides Iowa farmers with the opportunity to nominate local rural public schools for $10,000 and $25,000 grants designed to enhance STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculums.  Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer, will award more than $2.3 million to local rural school districts in 2019 - giving farmers the opportunity to make a difference in their community and contribute to local students’ success. Farmers can nominate their school district by clicking here or by calling 1-877-267-3332 toll-free.  

Previous winners include an Idaho school for students with hearing and vision loss that purchased a high-tech piece of equipment called an augmented sandbox, which allows students to learn about erosion, topography modeling and water ecosystems. A middle school in Illinois used part of a Grow Rural Education grant to purchase a 3-D printer that they used to build a prosthetic arm for a farmer who lost his arm in farming accident.  

Later this year, the America’s Farmers programs continue with the Grow Communities program where farmers can enroll for the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a local eligible nonprofit organization; and the Grow Ag Leaders program will begin accepting applications for $1,500 scholarships for students pursuing an education in agriculture-related fields.

 

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