Many agricultural businesses in North Carolina have formal or informal systems for provided special request monies
30 Agricultural Businesses
Groups such as the Farm Credit agencies Farm Bureau and the Grange will consider special requests.
31 Agricultural Businesses
NC Turkey Producers have funds for organizations to buy dressed turkeys
Egg Producers will give you eggs
Other groups have similar programs.
32 Federal Grants 33 Federal Grants
There are a multitude of Federal Grants
All the federal programs can be found in the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
34 Examples of Federal Grant Programs
Rivers Trails and Conservation Assistance
Work with community groups and local and State governments to conserve rivers preserve open space and develop trails and greenways.
35 Examples of Federal Grant Programs
Protection of Children and the Aging as a Fundamental Goal of Public Health and Environmental Protection
To catalyze community-based and regional projects and other actions that enhance public outreach and communication assist families in evaluating risks to children and in making informed consumer choices build partnerships that increase a communitys long-term capacity to advance protection of childrens environmental health and safety
36 Examples of Federal Grant Programs
Secondary and Two-Year Postsecondary Agricultural Education Challenge Grant Program
To promote excellence in agriscience and agribusiness education and to encourage more young Americans to pursue baccalaureate and higher degrees in the food and agricultural sciences.
37 Federal Grants
The process and procedures for writing federal grants are similar. The remainder of this presentation focuses on how to write grants for the USDA Secondary Agricultural Education Challenge Grant Program. This information can be applied to other federal grant programs.
38 USDA Challenge Grants 39 The USDA Challenge Grant
For years the USDA has had a higher education challenge grant program.
In 1999 a secondary agricultural education challenge grant program was started.
70 proposals were submitted 37 were funded in the first year.
40 We Got the Money
USDA Agricultural Education Challenge Grants Program (1999)
Of the 37 funded projects 7 were North Carolina schools (19)
41 North Carolina Successes
Hilton Webb - North Stokes - Student Success through Innovative Curriculum in Emerging New Technologies
Ted Manzer - Northeastern - Development of an Aquaculture System for Teaching Demonstration and Research
Steve Smith - Alamance - Development of Graphic s to Support Agricultural Literacy
42 North Carolina Successes
Amy Greenberg - Franklinton - Franklinton Agricultural Modules of Education
Lisa Sanderson Northern Nash - Enhancement of Biotechnology Curriculum and Creation of Tissue Culture Lab
Tom Sawyer East Carteret - Developing an Arboretum to Teach Horticulture Concepts to Promote Career Awareness
43 North Carolina Successes
Danielle Kidd - Southern Nash - Development of an Agricultural Business within a High School
44 Ag Ed Challenge Grant Funding 45 Eligibility (I. C)
A public secondary school( grades 9-12) that has a commitment to teaching agriscience and agribusiness in order to
ensure a qualified workforce
promote excellence in education
Since 2002 two year postsecondary programs could also apply
46 Eligibility (I. C)
School has a commitment to
encourage young people to pursue a baccalaureate degree in the food and agricultural sciences
47 Funding (II. A-F)
Nationally - 960000
Per School - 25000
Joint Proposal - 40000
Schools must match federal funds on a 1 to 1 basis
This doesnt have to be money. It can be time labor support staff waiver of indirect costs etc. (more later)
48 Funding (II. A-F)
Indirect cost limited to 19.
Indirect costs are items that can not be easily calculated such as use of space in a building that could be used for another purpose electricity cooling janitorial services phone maintenance etc.
49 Funding (II. A-F)
Indirect costs are generally a percentage based upon past experience. This is how universities make money on research projects.
Indirect cost can be used as part of the required federal match.
50 Funding (II. A-F)
Funds can be used for equipment and other capital expenditures
...use of funds for such purposes is strongly discouraged unless it is
incidental to the overall budget
essential for ... the project
51 Funding (II. A-F)
Expenditures for equipment must have prior approval.
If it written into the budget this is considered prior approval
High tech equipment (computers gene splicing equipment) will probably be funded
52 Funding (II. A-F)
Low tech equipment (table saws drill presses welders) will probably not be funded
53 Purpose (III. A)
The goal of the program is to
Promote agricultural literacy
Encourage students to complete a baccalaureate degree in food and agricultural sciences
54 Purpose (III. A)
Collaboration is encouraged
Between schools and higher education
55 Project Duration (III. B)
The project period is 18-24 months.
You must specify the time period in your proposal. (A separate budget sheet for each year is required)
56 Project Duration (III. B)
It always takes more time than imagined for these types of projects -- so ask for 24 months.
It is always possible to ask for a no-cost extension if more time is needed.
57 Scope of the Program (III. C)
Five Areas of Focus
Integration Diversity Competence Linkages Career Awareness 58 Scope of the Program (III. C)
To promote the incorporation of agriscience and agribusiness subject matter into secondary instructional programs particularly classes in science business and consumer education as well as agricultural education.
Integration 59 Scope of the Program (III. C)
How to promote integration/incorporation
Promote new and improved curriculum and materials
Supplement the curriculum
Integration 60 Scope of the Program (III. C)
To promote teaching competencies
formal and informaltraining allowed
Competence 61 Scope of the Program (III. C)
To promote awareness of agriscience and agribusiness career opportunities
Career Awareness 62 Scope of the Program (III. C)
To promote linkages between secondary 2-year post-secondary and baccalaureate degree granting institutions to maximize the development and use of resources geared towards agriscience and agribusiness education.
Linkages 63 Scope of the Program (III. C)
22 or 222 arrangements
Advanced Placement Credit
International learning experiences
Sharing of faculty and facilities
Linkages 64 Scope of the Program (III. C)
To promote educational activities that have the potential to increase the diversity of students seeking baccalaureate degrees in agriscience and agribusiness.
Diversity 65 Proposal Preparation (IV. A1)
Cover Page (Must use CSREES-712 form which is found in the application package)
Title of the project
Limited to 80 characters (letters)
66 Proposal Preparation (IV. A2)
Table of Contents
Follows immediately after the cover page
Table of contents must include page numbers for each section of the proposal
67 Proposal Preparation (IV. A3)
Project Summary (Page 1)
Name of the School
Name and title of project director
Brief description of the project
15 double-spaced lines one inch margins 12 point font
Table of Contents 68 Proposal Preparation (IV. A4)
This is where you sell your idea
10 page limit
12 point type double spaced 1 inch margins type on one side only number the pages
69 Proposal Preparation (IV. A4)
Four Items to be addressed
How project will support challenge grant goals
What will be done
70 Proposal Preparation (IV. A4)
(a) Potential for increasing agricultural literacy and for increasing the number of young Americans pursuing baccalaureate or higher degrees in agriscience and/or agribusiness.
71 Increasing (a)
This part of the application is worth 100 out of 300 points in evaluating the proposal
100 Points 72 Increasing (a)
(A) How will it promote agricultural literacy
(B) How will it increase higher education participants
(C) Specific objectives to be addressed (pick one from III. C)
(D) How will the project extend to other schools years
73 Increasing (a)
(2) Products and results
What is the expected product and results
(3) Continuation plans
After the funding is over will the project continue
74 Proposal Preparation (IV. A4)
(b) Potential of submitting school(s) to successfully complete project objectives
This section is worth 150 out of 300 points in evaluating the proposal.
150 Points 75 Completing...
(1) Proposed approach
(A) Identify the objectives how the objectives will be reached and how the project will be evaluated
(B) Tell how the projects fits into the mission of the school
This is the important section. Here is where you tell what you are going to do! 76 Completing...
(A) Document financial resources committed to the project
(B) Document the expertise of project personnel
(C) Document access to resources (library computers etc.)
(D) Include a letter of support from the Superintendent (Dont wait until the final day to do this)
77 Project Narrative
(c.) Budget and cost-effectiveness
Provide a budget showing total cost of the project. This amount should be at least twice the amount being requested from USDA.
78 Project Narrative
(c.) Budget and cost-effectiveness
Narrative explaining equipment purchases would be appropriate.You can also justify any unusual expenditures.
Make this section brief because you cover it again later
79 Project Narrative
(c.) Budget and cost-effectiveness
Typical budget items
Travel secretarial student help office and lab supplies equipment communication duplication books curriculum materials videos etc.
80 Proposal Preparation (IV. A4)
(d.) Effectiveness of evaluation plan and potential for dissemination of the result(s) and/or products to other schools and for use by other schools
This section is worth 50 points out of 300 in evaluating the proposal
50 Points 82 Evaluation/Dissemination...
(A) How will the projectbe evaluated half-way through and at the end
(B) Identify significant milestones to determine if the project is on schedule.
How will you tell the worldabout your project
professional meetings teacher workshops other
The USDA likes the publicity these types of projects generate
84 Key Personnel (IV. 5)
Include a vita (a resume on hormones) in the appendix for each key person
Vita is to be less than 5 pages
85 Key Personnel (IV. 5)
Items on the vita (such as types of experiences and subjects taught) should show the person is qualified to perform the activities in the proposal
86 Budget (IV. 6)
A detailed budget is needed for each year of the project.
Use the CSREES-713 form for the budget.
Include a narrative explaining the budget. You can refer to Section IV. 2c
87 Budget (IV. 6)
If the proposal covers more than one target area (III. C) you are to show how much money will be spent in each area.
88 Current Pending Support
All they key personnel in the project need to complete a CSREES-663 form.
Shows how many other research projects you are involved in.
Prevents superstar researcher from being overextended.
89 Application Materials
You must request or download application materials.
90 The Man
The USDA contact person is
Dr. Gregory Smith
Contact him for proposal guidelines and advice.
E-mail works the best
91 What and When to Submit
Originals of everything plus 5 copies
Stapled in upper left corner
MUST BE IN WASHINGTON IN early spring
An annual performance report is required every year
A final report is required at the end of the project.
A budget report is required every year
Writing a proposal is a lot or work.
There is a feeling of elation when the proposal is funded.
Then you realize the real work hasnt even started!!!
94 The Matthew Effect
Once you get one project funded this leads to other projects being funded.
Based upon the parable in the Bible of the rich man who gave various amounts of talents to his servants for them to invest.
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