The California Department of Food and Agriculture is currently accepting proposals for the 2016 California Agriculture Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program. This program makes available an estimated $257,000 in grant funding to promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at the K-12, post-secondary, and adult education levels. Proceeds generated through the sales of specialized, agriculture-themed license plates through the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have made this opportunity available.
“The success of the CalAgPlate demonstrates an ongoing commitment to agricultural education supported by consumers and the farming community,” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross. “The purchase of a CalAgPlate helps to fund educational opportunities statewide which include agricultural workshops, farm tours, and the State FFA Leadership Conference. As a result of the CalAgPlate program, more than $475,000 has been dedicated to supporting youth educational activities since the program’s inception.”
Funding is available on a competitive basis for state-adopted Agricultural Education Programs (Education Code Section 52450-52454), government agencies, and non-profit organizations that administer agricultural education programs. The application deadline is October 21, 2016.
For further information and grant application materials, please visit www.cdfa.ca.gov/calagplate.
You can help support agricultural education and the CalAgPlate program by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online today. ■