Revised July, 2015

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Who may apply? / How often may I apply? / How may funds be spent? / Priority consideration / How do I apply? / How do you decide? / How will I know? / Project Report / Photo Requirements / Forms / Past Awards/ Sample Proposal

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is pleased to request grant proposals from educators to expand agricultural literacy in Oklahoma schools. Funding for these grants has been made available through the Oklahoma Pork Council. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $100 to $300 each. Proposals are funded based upon project merit and the availability of funds. Funding is awarded in the spring and fall.  The application deadlines are September 15 and January 30.

Project objectives must promote students' understanding of the food and fiber system and support the use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program in the overall classroom curriculum. Because the primary purpose for this grant is to encourage use of the Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom program, project proposals must be directly related to Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons. A list of lessons to be used is required.

Who may apply for these grants?

Grants are available to preK-12 educators in Oklahoma working in public or private schools and to educators who work with students, grades K-12, in nonformal educational settings, e.g., after school programs, alternative education programs, 4-H clubs, etc. Applicants must have received training through one of our many professional development opportunities. Contact one of our professional development coordinators to learn about opportunities in your area or to arrange for training in your school.

How often may I apply for grants?

All applications are considered based on content and merit.   There is no limit to the number of grants for which one teacher may apply; however, priority will be given to qualified proposals from applicants who have not previously received project funding. Teachers within the same school are encouraged to work together on grant projects in order to get maximum benefit from the funding. Applicants who fail to submit reports and who fail to spend funds according to the original grant proposal will be disqualified from future funding.  Funding is awarded in the spring and fall.  The application deadlines are September 15 and January 30.

What are some acceptable uses for grant funds?

Note: All activities must be linked to specific Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom lessons.

What kinds of proposals are most likely to be funded?

Note: All applications will be considered based on content and merit. Applications will be ranked for each semesterŐs funding according to compliance with the above criteria, with priority given to applicants who have not received funding previously.

How do I apply?

Complete the application on the following pages, and submit it to the Oklahoma 4-H office at OSU in Stillwater. It is important that you use the most current application available on the website because the form changes from time to time. THE APPLICATION FORM MUST BE COMPLETED AS IT APPEARS IN ITS MOST CURRENT FORM ON THE WEBSITE. CHANGING THE FORM, PARTICULARLY THE BUDGET SECTION, MAY CAUSE YOUR PROPOSAL TO BE DISQUALIFIED. A sample proposal is available on the website

You may send the application electronically or put it in an envelope and mail it. The address is at the bottom of the cover sheet.

How do you decide who gets a grant?

The review team includes representatives from the funding agency, the OAITC staff, and the educational community. Most proposals are funded, as long they fit the criteria outlined here and as long as funding is available. We want to fund your projects, so if we see problems, we may contact you and ask you to revise and resubmit in the next funding cycle.  Funding cycles correspond with school semesters. The application deadline for the fall semester is September 15. Deadline for the spring semester is January 30. Checks for the fall semester will be delivered between October 15 and November 15. Checks for the spring semester will be delivered between February 15 and March 15.

How will I know if my proposal has been accepted?

Applicants who apply by the September 15 deadline will be notified of the review team's decision by October 15. Applicants who apply by the January 30 deadline will be notified of the review team's decision by February 15. If there are problems, you will have the opportunity to revise and resubmit your proposal in the next funding cycle. Grant checks will be delivered by a representative of the Oklahoma Pork Council between October 15 and November 15 and between February 15 and March 15. The OPC representative will contact you using the contact information you provide, so please make sure your contact information is correct and that you check your email for messages. Please notify us if your contact information has changed.

What are my responsibilities?

The project must be concluded and a report submitted by August 15 of the following year for fall semester grants and by December 15 of the same year fof spring semester grants. At that time, the grant contact must submit a written report showing how the funds were used, the number of persons involved, and the impacts and outcomes of the project.

Failure to submit a report within the required time period and failure to spend funding as outlined in the original proposal will disqualify the applicant from any further grant funding from this program. Please contact us if conditions arise that cause delays in reporting or prevent spending funds as originally intended.

Photo Requirements

Three or more photographs showing youth involvement should be submitted with the report along with a photo release form for each minor shown in the photos. A photo release form is included with the report form. Photos become the property of Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom and the Oklahoma Pork Council and may be used for reporting to the Oklahoma Pork Council and for promotional purposes, principally on the OAITC website. Photos posted on the website will be posted without identifying minors or specific locations.

Because photos will be used for promotional purposes on the OAITC website, DIGITAL PHOTOS MUST BE SENT electronically or on digital media. Please do not send prints of digital photos as they do not scan well and are not acceptable for use on the website. Newspaper articles are welcome but cannot be substituted for photos because they do not scan well for use on the website. PHOTOS MUST INCLUDE STUDENTS ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN PROJECT ACTIVITIES RELATED SPECIFICALLY TO OKLAHOMA AG IN THE CLASSROOM LESSONS. A photo release form is required for each student pictured.

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom and its partnering agencies, in compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246 as amended, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and other federal laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures.  This includes but is not limited to admissions, employment, financial aid, and educational service.

Forms

Application (pdf) (rtf) (doc)

Report Form (pdf) (rtf)

Email completed applications to Pat Thompson, or send completed applications by standard US mail to Pat Thompson, OAITC Grants, 205 4-H Youth Development, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078. Phone contact: Pat Thompson, 405-744-8885.

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom

Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry and the Oklahoma State Department of Education.