New USDA Grants for Socially Distant Ag Education


The USDA recently published a new grant opportunity: Innovating Formal and NonFormal Educational Experiences in Food and Agricultural Sciences During the Time of Social Distancing.

See the funding opportunity on page 19 of the Request for Applications: USDA Social Distance Ag Education Grants

Applications are due August 20, 2020.

Grant Information Webinar is Tuesday, July 28: Register here for the Grant Webinar

Do you have an interest in partnering with the Aquaponics Association on this grant opportunity? Email us at We are also happy to write letters of support for aquaponics proposals.

Regarding this grant, the USDA states:

“This program area priority addresses the need to develop and deploy rapid, reliable, and readily-adoptable strategies in workforce preparation through formal K-14 education, as well as in youth development through non-formal (e.g., extension) education to cultivate interest and competencies in STEM and agriculture during this challenging time. Funded projects are expected to develop tools, techniques, and other practices that can be rapidly adopted at home or by various educators and extension specialists to ensure the effective formal and non-formal education of K-14 students and youth development.

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