The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council is now accepting applications for two competitive grants for promoting and expanding agricultural education in the state of Minnesota. Approximately $160,000 is available between the Common Fund and the Strategic Initiatives grant programs. Grant applications must be completed online at before midnight Nov. 15. The next round of grants will be due April 15, 2020.

Common Fund grants are awarded to applications having a statewide impact and are designed to meet specific goals related to the 2025 Minnesota Agriculture, Food and Natural Resource Education Blueprint. New and Innovative ideas are encouraged to support increasing quality of instruction, increasing the numbers and types of students reached by programs and projects that improve the understanding of AFNR education.

Strategic Initiative grants are based on the strategies outlined in the AFNR Blueprint and focus on promoting access to AFNR education, improving current programs and providing teacher professional development. These grants support programming at the primary, secondary and postsecondary levels in Minnesota.

"MAELC's grant programs are critical to meeting the goals and supporting the strategies of the 2025 AFNR Blueprint, which helps strengthen agriculture, food and natural resource education at all levels in Minnesota," said Sarah Dornik, Executive Director of MAELC. Since its establishment, MAELC has provided over $16.1 million in competitive grants, scholarships, sponsored projects and awards.

This article was submitted by MAELC.