The NYS Agricultural Society Foundation will be awarding a total of $10,000 in grants this spring to organizations across the state that plan to promote agricultural science and technology topics to non-farm audiences in 2014. Founded in 2011, the Foundation is leveraging charitable contributions and partnership opportunities to support agricultural education, leadership development and industry recognition; the mission of the NYS Agricultural Society.
“We want to be a vehicle for action,” comments Ann Noble Shephard, Foundation chair. “Our goal is to plant seeds of influence today with American consumers – young and old - to help positively change the playing field for agriculture in the future. Partnering with organizations in local communities to help spread the message is a tool that can be very effective.”
Examples of potential programs to be considered include career fairs which spotlight agricultural job opportunities, and interactive educational exhibits at local events. To apply for a grant, visit http://www.nysagsociety.org/foundation/388-2/ for details and application. The deadline for applications is 2/15/14. For questions, contact Penny Heritage at 518-384-1715.
The goal for 2014 is to award four $2,500 grants, and the Foundation is most interested in supporting new activities in all parts of New York State. The focus for each grant year will change depending on current events and industry developments.
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New York State Agricultural Society
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Ballston Spa, NY 12020