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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, high schools, and institutions of higher education to improve K-14 science education in agricultural disciplines to prepare students for the workforce. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Funding is intended to support the preparation of teaching methods and learning materials to encourage increasing numbers of students to pursue degrees in the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences.
The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.
Purpose and Priorities: The purpose of the Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program is to award grants to:
Project Category. Each project must support academic instruction with a primary focus in at least one of the following three K-14 Grade Levels:
Information about the Educational Need Areas can be found at https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY22-SPECA-RFA-508.pdf#page=8
Eligible Project and Grant Types can be found at https://nifa.usda.gov/sites/default/files/rfa/FY22-SPECA-RFA-508.pdf#page=11.
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Number of Grants:
Estimated Size of Grant:
Regular and CG1 project periods may range from 24 to 36 months.
Carlos Ortiz, PhD