Farmers Can Support Local Schools Through Grants

(UNDATED) – American farmers have a great opportunity to help support their local public school districts through $15,000 grants for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs via the America’s Farmer’s Grow Rural Education program.

These grants support STEM education by funding initiatives such as technology upgrades, greenhouses and gardens, lab enhancements and more. 

The program, sponsored by Bayer Fund, has awarded grants to more than 1,000 schools nationwide since 2011 – helping farmers to strengthen their rural school districts and make a difference in their community.

Kelsey Wigans, a teacher at Gilmore City-Bradgate School in Iowa, a recent winner of a Grow Rural Education grant, has seen first-hand how the program makes a great impact on students.  Her school was able to transform an old locker room into a Monarch butterfly incubation room for the K-6 students.

This grant provided “an opportunity for kids to learn with a hands-on touch and be able to explore STEM opportunities in ways that we wouldn’t be able to fund otherwise”, said Wigan.

Visit for more information on this school’s initiative. 

And, Kelsey Wigans is featured in our new radio public service campaign, entitled “Grow Rural Education,” to encourage American farmers to nominate their local public school district for a chance to win.