Texas Department of Agriculture*
Angelica Soriano, Grants Specialist
Texas Department of Agriculture Trade & Business Development
P.O. Box 12847
Austin, TX 78711
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The Texas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications to the Urban Schools Agricultural Grant Program.
The Urban Schools Agricultural Grant Program is an exciting agricultural-related program for urban elementary and middle public school pupils enrolled in districts with populations of 49,000 or more. The program helps improve students' understanding of agriculture through projects such as school vegetable gardens, which can provide lessons not only in horticulture, but also in water conservation and nutrition. Projects are limited only by the extent of an applicant's imagination.
Generally, expenses that are necessary and reasonable for proper and efficient performance and administration directly related to the project are eligible. Grant funds may not be used to supplant normal business costs but instead may be used to cover the costs incurred for the approved proposed activities.
Examples of eligible expenditures are:
a) Personnel costs – both salary and benefits directly related to the project implementation;
b) Supplies and direct operating expenses – items that cost less than $5,000 per unit with a useful life of less than one year, office supplies, postage, telecommunications, printing, etc. that are directly related to the project activities;
c) Other direct expenses – any expenses that do not fall into the above categories directly related to the proposed activities;
d) Contracts – agreements made with other educational institutions or private parties to perform a portion of the award;
e) Controlled Assets are defined as certain items valued at $500.00 - $4,999.99 which must also be inventoried
Eligible applicants include:
*Texas public elementary or middle school in an ISD with an enrollment of 49,000 or more; or
*Non-profit organization that has the support of a Texas public elementary or middle school.
The program provides up to $2,500 each for the funded elementary and middle schools' agricultural demonstration projects. Funding for these grants is sponsored in part by private donations.
Eligible school districts should submit a single application. The application will require the school district to list participating campus names and the requested amount per campus. School districts and non-profit organizations are limited to a maximum grant award of $10,000; a single campus may not receive more than $2,500.
Grant information was last reviewed by our staff on 4/11/2020
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