Kansas Farm Bureau (KFB) and Kansas Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) have common goals of developing engaged community leaders and educating consumers about the safety, nutritional value and cost effectiveness of their food choices. To this end, the two organizations have partnered to provide grant funds to FCCLA chapters that wish to conduct projects in the school or community around food and farming.
KFB is excited to support the growth of Kansas FCCLA members while providing added value to communities across the state. KFB recognizes the importance of providing resources at the chapter level. The purpose of the Kansas FCCLA Community Grant Program is to encourage and stimulate projects between the local FCCLA chapter and the county Farm Bureau association. Kansas Farm Bureau will award a total of $5,000 in grant monies (up to $500 each for selected FCCLA chapters) to those who collaborate with their county Farm Bureau associations in the planning, coordinating, and the implementation of either a farm to table event or an agricultural education opportunity for children.
The project should:
- Promote agriculture and the importance of the industry to Kansas.
- Include new and innovative ideas and methods of accomplishing the desired objectives.
- Include community support and involvement.
- Promote collaboration between local FCCLA chapters and county Farm Bureau associations.
- Promote Kansas Farm Bureau, the county Farm Bureau association, and the local FCCLA chapter.
Project options include:
Farm to Table Event - $500 grant
Connects community members to information about where their food comes from and how it’s grown. FCCLA members are encouraged to visit local farms and work with farmers to develop projects which also showcase food preparation, culinary arts and/or nutrition coursework.
Agricultural Education - $400 grant + books
FCCLA members conduct educational project with younger students. Grant includes copies of a Kailey’s Ag Adventures book of the chapter’s choice and up to $400 in funds to support materials for a hands on lesson. FCCLA members are encouraged use KFB ag education resources and to visit local farms and work with farmers to develop and execute programs.
Kailey’s Ag Adventure Book Options:
- Milk Comes from a Cow? (10 copies)
- The Soil Neighborhood (10 copies)
- Farmers & Ranchers Care about their Animals! (10 copies)
- Celebrate Wheat (10 copies)
- Growing Up Strong (10 copies)
- Kailey’s Pig ‘Tales’ (10 copies)
- Jobs Farmers Do (10 copies)
- Kailey’s Ag Adventures (5 copies)
- Online applications must be completed by an FCCLA member or advisor no later than 11:59 p.m. on February 19, 2017.
- Utilize the FCCLA Planning Process to identify the project, describe the benefits of such a partnership, provide an explanation of how the funds will be used and develop a timeline for project implementation.
- A letter of support from the local county Farm Bureau president must be uploaded with the application.
Selection and Award Process:
- Local FCCLA chapters and county Farm Bureau associations will be notified of their application selection outcome and recognized during the Kansas FCCLA State Leadership Conference.
- Chapters will be required to complete a grant activity report to demonstrate how funds were used, share reach of the project and evaluate the project's effectiveness by March 1, 2018.
- If the project is not conducted, funds must be returned to Kansas Farm Bureau by March 1, 2018.
- In schools with both FCCLA and FFA, the two groups are encouraged to work together and each are eligible to apply for separate KFB community grant funds for combined projects, totaling up to $1,000 in support.
Questions can be directed to Pam Lamb, FCCLA State Advisor, at email@example.com or KFB at firstname.lastname@example.org.