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A Grant brought this FFGS-40 STEM Food Growing System into the Library of this School!

It's time to find your Grant.  And you've come to the right place. Check out these great GRANT RESOURCES! The Aquaponics USA FFGS-40 System you see in the above picture with a 320 gallon Fish Tank and four 11 sq. ft. Grow Beds was purchased through a Grant that came to a Southern Arizona Community Food Bank School Gardening Coordinator named Zotero Citlalcoatl. Zotero managed to get the funding to place 3 of these FFGS-40 Aquaponics USA Food Forever™ Growing Systems into three schools in the inner city of Tucson, Arizona. The Grant funds came from the Feeding America Program which operates many of these Community Food Banks throughout the U.S. so let's start there:  

Toshiba is offering Grants for Grades K-5 and Grades 6-12. The K-5 Grants go up to $1,000 and have an October 1 Deadline every year.

The 6-12 Grants focus on Science and Math Education and have an August 1 deadline if the Grant request is for more than $5,000. All Grant requests $5,000 and under are evaluated on a rolling basis.

The NEA Student Achievement Grants focus on improving the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area(s). The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students' habits of inquiry, self-directed learning and critical reflection.

The Grant Amounts available are $2,000 and $5,000. Deadlines for  Applications are Feb. 1, June 1 and October 15.

     

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Annie's offers Grants for School Gardens that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

The Grant Amount is $2,500; but it pays to win a first Grant and reapply for a second one, which goes up to $5,000.

SARE stands for Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education. It is a USDA Program that is divided into four regions including the North Central, Southern, Western and Northeast Regions. You need to apply for your Grant through your Regional Office.

If you're in the North Central Region, there's a "Youth Educator Grant Program" that offers $2,000 to educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture for youth. Click here to see an example of a funded Aquaponics Grant in that category.


There may be other opportunities from SARE in other Regions; but you'll have to scour through the SARE website to find them.

The Whole Kids Foundation in partnership with FoodCorps, created the School Garden Grant Program which awards Grants in the amount of $2,000 to K-12 Schools or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds.

The Whole Kids Foundation has extended their Grant offerings to include Grants in the amount of $2,000 to support an educational edible garden on the grounds of a non-profit organization working with children in the grade ranges of K-12 or primary-secondary.

DuPont Pioneer is annually allocating thousands of dollars in Grants to provide agriscience educators with training and classroom resources to implement the Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) that will better prepare students for future careers in agriculture and food.

CASE is a multi-year approach to agriscience education with rigorous educator training requirements and hands-on, inquiry focused learning activities. The DuPont Pioneer grants are available to teachers who have wanted to implement the CASE curriculum, but have not been able to because of school budgets. Click here to see an article describing the $5,000 Grant given to Lidgerwood Public School to build an Aquaponics Lab.

You will have to do your own research to determine how to go about getting the Application to present your Aquaponics Program to CASE.

The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, NIFA, is a USDA Program that posts Requests for Applications (RFAs) on their website. You have to find the Program area you are interested in and then search through the available (Open) RFAs.

You are then led to the appropriate page where you can download the Grant instructions and Application. This is a place where you would go to get large sums of Grant monies to create a School System wide Aquaponics Program rather than to get money to purchase one classroom system.

The Kids Gardening 2016 Youth Garden Grant is an award designed to support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit, school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply. The selection of winners is based on demonstrated program impact and sustainability.

Here are a few State Specific Grant Programs:

The Maine Agriculture in the Classroom created its Grant Program by selling the Maine AG4ME Specialty License Plates to Maine's drivers. There are several different Grant Programs including the $1,000 Agriculture Awareness Grants and the $3,000 School Garden Grants.

An elementary school built an Aquaponics System using their Agriculture Awareness Grants. You'll need to contact the website by email at maitca@maine.gov or by phone 207-287-5522 to discuss how to get your Application and the Deadlines.




The Impact Educator Grant Program, classroom programs in Lake County, Illinois, can receive up to $1,000 for promoting healthy lifestyles through innovative educational programs.

The Impact Educator Grant Program is available to all educators in Lake County public and not-for-profit schools, kindergarten through high school.

The Colorado Garden Foundation supports horticulture and horticultural related projects and those groups that are involved or directly related. Education is emphasized. Areas of interest include horticultural-related research, education, therapy and community improvements. Maximum Grants are $15,000.

Grapes from California is sponsoring their Innovation in Teaching Education Grants. Schools in the table grape growing regions of California’s San Joaquin and Coachella valleys are benefiting from grants awarded this academic year.

For information, contact educationgrants@grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Are you ready to bring an Eco System into your classroom? This Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System started in the Music Room of Manzo Elementary School in Tucson, Arizona. It, too, was purchased from a Grant that was made available from the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank via Feeding America. Later, this Greenhouse was built and the Aquaponics STEM System was moved into it. Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems work to bring education to life for many disciplines including Ecology, Mathmatics, Botany, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Nutrition, Aquaculture and Culinary Art Classes. This is another four Grow Bed (44 Sq. Ft. System) with a 320 Gallon Fish Tank. We call it the FFGS-40.

You don't have to settle for flimsy, unattractive, unsafe cement blocks or flamable facades. Our new wooden pedastals are made so well they could be furniture. In fact, if you place your Aquaponics STEM Food Growing System in the classroom or in your house, it is furniture. Why not have beautifully stained and decoratively trimmed wood to hold up your Grow Beds. These pedastals are so strong, they even resist Bullish behavior.

Now, if you haven't done STEP 1 yet, just click on over to our Growing Systems Page and choose which of our Systems you want to purchase.

We plan to ask all of our Teachers who are ordering Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems where they got their Grants (almost all of them are purchasing their Systems with Grants) so this page will get longer and longer as time passes. Thanks for visiting.

The best way to approach the Feeding America Network is to go through your local Community Food Bank, which, most likely is being supported by this organization. Find out if they have a School Garden Coordinator and then make your pitch for funding an Aquaponics System to that person. You can use the Southern Arizona Community Food Bank as an example of a successful project. Point the School Gardening Coordinator to the Gardening & AquaBioPonics at Davis Elementary Facebook page.

Something BIG is happening in classrooms across America. It's called AQUAPONICS STEM Food Growing Systems! If you're just discovering Aquaponics, we have more than enough information for you to learn what you need to know to run an efficient  Aquaponics Eco System that will turn your classroom into an Integrative STEM experience . Below are the STEPS you will need to take once you decide you want to join in on this exciting Teaching adventure.

STEP 1: Go to our Food Forever™ Growing Systems Page and decide which of our Growing Systems you want to purchase based on your available space. Then Click over to that specific page where you'll find the Bundled STEM Packages at the bottom.

STEP 2: Email us at urbanfarmer@aquaponicsusa.com and tell us you want a Shipping QUOTE. You will need to give us the exact System you've chosen, your full Name, your Contact Phone Number (so the Shipping Company can make a delivery appointment) and the full Shipping Address. We will send you a QUOTE including the cost of your Aquaponics STEM FoodGrowing System and the Shipping.

STEP 3: Come back to this Grant Page and Choose the Grant or Grants that will cover your costs. If you order a STEM Food Growing System Package that includes all of the bundled items like the Fish, Fish Food, Fish Feeder, etc., all of your costs (except shipping) are bundled into one amount (Grow Lights are optional).

STEP 4: Now, you're ready to WRITE YOUR GRANT! You can write your Grant describing your costs because you've already determined everything you need to know.

Are you feeling like you could use some information on how to write a Grant? Here's a great inspirational book that's available on Amazon that should do the trick.

If you don't have time to read an entire book; and even if you've never written a Grant before in your life, there are places where you can learn how to do it like Basic Elements of Grant Writing, GrantStation, Grantwriting: Basics for Beginners001, Successful Grant Writing, The Writing Center and Foundation Center.

               



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Resource Associates is different than the others because it offers professional Grant Writers to service your Grants. We're listing it here because it has a Search for Grants Button on their Home Page that could be very helpful in your search to find a Grant that will cover the costs of your proposed project.

This Search Engine keeps changing as Grants come available so check back with this site on a regular basis.

Do you need some more encouragement? This ought to help. It's a 33 page pdf that gives you all the details you need to have about Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems.

You'll see the seven different systems we offer and the Grow Lights that go with each system. You'll read about schools that are already running Aquaponics STEM Food Growing Systems and how they can turn an ordinary classroom into an Integrated STEM Learning environment that your students will be running to everyday.

Now Get Writing so you can Get Growing!

Where to Get an Aquaponics Grant and What's the Process?