By Julie Tomascik

Increasing agricultural literacy and awareness in schools and communities is a priority for the American Farm Bureau Federation and Texas Farm Bureau.

A national grant program was established to fund projects that help students and adults cultivate a better understanding of agriculture.

County Farm Bureaus may apply for $1,000 grants for educational programs for grades K-12 through the White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Program. The grant can be used to initiate new agricultural literacy programs or expand existing programs.

Agricultural literacy initiatives are enhanced in local communities through this mini-grant program, according to the program coordinators.

Grants are available on a competitive basis.

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 15.

Applications must include a timeline and detailed budget with estimated expenses, as well as a summary of the project, goals and anticipated outcomes and the target audience.

The winners will be announced in the spring.

The White-Reinhardt Fund for Education is a project of the American Farm Bureau Foundation for Agriculture in cooperation with the American Farm Bureau Women’s Leadership Committee. The fund honors two former committee chairwomen, Berta White and Linda Reinhardt, who were trailblazers in early national efforts to expand the outreach of agricultural education and improve agricultural literacy.

More information about the White-Reinhardt Mini-Grant Program is available online at