U.S. Department of Agriculture: Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program
The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA) provides funding to promote and strengthen food, agriculture, natural resource, and human (FANH) science education. The purpose of the SPECA program is to award grants to – 1) Enhance the quality of K-14 instruction in order to help meet current and future national FANH sciences workplace needs; and 2) Increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a 2 or 4-year degree in the FANH sciences. SPECA-funded projects encourage academic institutions, in partnership with organizations and employers, to identify and address challenges facing the FANH sciences education and workforce community.
Applicants may submit one of the following three types of projects: Regular, Collaborative Type 1, or Collaborative Type 2.
- Regular Projects: Applicant executes the project without the requirement of sharing grant funds with other project partners.
- Collaborative Grant Type 1 (CG1) (Applicant plus one or more partners): Applicant executes the project with assistance from at least one additional partner. The partners must share grant funds.
- Collaborative Grant Type 2 (CG2) (Applicant plus two or more partners): Applicant executes the project with assistance from at least two additional partners. The additional partners must share grant funds. A CG2 project differs from a CG1 in project scope and impact. CG2 projects must support a multi-partner approach to solving a major state or regional challenge in FANH sciences education at K-14 grade levels. CG2 projects are characterized by multiple partners (each providing a specific expertise) organized and led by a strong applicant with documented project management knowledge and skills to organize and carry out the initiative.
Amount: The anticipated amount available for grants in FY 2019 is approximately $800,000. Award amounts are dependent upon application type, as follows:
- Regular Projects: Applicants may request up to $50,000 (total, not per year) for a Regular Grant
- Collaborative Grant Type 1 (CG1) (Applicant plus one or more partners): Applicants may request up to $150,000 (total, not per year) for a CG1 project.
- Collaborative Grant Type 2 (CG2) (Applicant plus two or more partners): Applicants may request up to $300,000 (total, not per year) for a CG2 project.
Regular and CG1 project periods may range from 24 to 36 months, including time to evaluate the results and report the impacts. CG2 projects are required to have project periods of 36 months.
Eligibility: Public secondary schools; public or private nonprofit junior and community colleges; institutions of higher education; or nonprofit organizations.
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