Department Of Agriculture
Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, And
Agriculture In The K-12 Classroom Challenge (SPECA) Grants Program
DUE: JAN 15
The purpose of the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom
Challenge (SPECA) Grants Program is to: enhance curricula in agricultural education; increase faculty teaching competencies;
and interest young people in pursuing higher education in order to prepare for scientific and professional careers
in the food and agricultural sciences.
SPECA promotes the incorporation of agriscience and agribusiness subject
matter into the general instructional program, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
classes, in order for society to gain a better understanding of food, health and environmental issues. Projects that facilitate
joint initiatives with the grant recipient and other secondary schools, institutions of higher education (associateís
and bachelorís degrees), or nonprofit organizations supporting agriscience and agribusiness education, are also encouraged.
All funded projects should maximize resources, such as faculty, facilities, and equipment, to improve agriscience
and agribusiness education; support other initiatives designed to meet local, State, regional, or national needs related to
promoting excellence in agriscience and agribusiness education; and/or support current Agriculture in the Classroom
programs for grades K-12.
ELIGIBILITY: Applications may be submitted by: (1) public secondary schools, (2) public or private nonprofit junior
and community colleges, (3) institutions of higher education, or (4) nonprofit organizations.
FUNDING: CSREES anticipates approximately $1 million will be available to fund applications in FY 2010.
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