America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, an initiative of the Monsanto Fund, helps farmers positively impact their communities and support local school districts. The program gives farmers in selected counties in 39 states the opportunity to nominate their public school district to compete for grants to promote science and math education.
Once nominated by a local farmer, school district administrators are eligible to submit an application for either a grant of up to $10,000 or a grant of up to $25,000 to support a science and/or math educational program. The more farmers that nominate a school district, the more it demonstrates community support and strengthens the school district’s application.
Eligibility is determined, in part, by whether or not a school district’s home county is considered rural under the program rules. The following counties in Ohio are eligible:
(Not in alphabetical order) Allen, Defiance, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Lucas, Paulding, Putnam, Van Wert, Williams, Wood, Ashland, Crawford, Erie, Huron, Lorain, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, Seneca, Wyandot, Ashtabula, Columbiana, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Stark, Trumbull, Wayne, Auglaize, Champaign, Clark, Darke, Hardin, Logan, Mercer, Miami, Shelby, Delaware, Fairfield, Fayette, Franklin, Knox, Licking, Madison, Marion, Morrow, Pickaway, Ross, Union, Coshocton, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Butler, Clermont, Clinton, Greene, Montgomery, Preble, Warren, Adams, Brown, Highland, Perry
The nomination deadline is April 15, 2012; school applications are due April 30, 2012. Visit the website to learn more about the program and submit an online nomination.