Nominate Rural Schools for Grant Program

Farmers, support education in your community and help strengthen your rural communities by applying for a grant from America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education. Applications will be accepted from January 6 through April 15, 2012. Nominating your public school is as simple as completing a one page form.

Grants will be awarded based on merit, need and community support. That mean the more farmers who nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and thus strengthens that school district’s application. So, encourage all of your friends and family members to apply! A little grassroots organization could go a long way toward helping your school.

Skeptical? Your odds are much better receiving a grant from the rural education fund than from winning the Publisher’s Clearing House. Just ask the folks who farm near Wells, Minnesota. Last year the United South Central School District in Wells, Minnesota, received a $25,000 grant for new lab equipment and graphing calculators.

America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to help farmers positively impact their communities by supporting local school districts. Specifically, the program gives farmers the opportunity to nominate a public school district in their community to compete for a merit-based grant of either $10,000 or $25,000. The program is available in 1,245 counties in 39 states. Overall, the program will donate more than $2.3 million to school districts.

Grant recipients will be selected by America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education Advisory council, a group of 26 farmers from across the country. Grants will be announced in August 2012.

For more information, visit or call 1-877-267-3332. NOTE: The referenced website, including an online application form, will not be updated with 2012 information until closer to the application period. In the meantime, you can download a hard copy form here.