MAC Mini-Grant Guidelines

About MAC Mini-Grant Goals Criteria for Application and Procedure
Deadlines for Submission of Proposals Mini-Grand Review Process Post Project
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Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom

The mission of Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc. (MAC) is to foster an awareness of and learning about the food and agriculture industries and the economic and social importance
of agriculture to the state, nation, and world. Founded in 1984, MAC has helped more than 13,000 teachers and educators bring agriculture to life for their students by making connections between everyday foods, fibers, and other agricultural products and their agricultural roots. We also assist educators in finding creative ways to tie agriculture-related lessons to the MA Curriculum Standards.

Each year MAC funds a number of agriculture-related project proposals from teachers, schools, and farms working with schools. Because we are a small, nonprofit organization, those projects that most closely fit our mission receive priority in the decision-making process. Grants are awarded three times a year. Deadlines are April 1, September 1 and November 1. Most awards are between $300 and $500. The maximum possible award is $1500. Since 1994, MAC has given more than $195,000 to 253 projects planned and carried out by educators across the state. These have included reading programs focused on agricultural themes, projects that explore new technologies, writing and video projects, school-wide agricultural days trips to farms, purchase of books and classroom materials such as incubators to support agricultural lessons, and more.

Goals of the Mini-Grant Program:

The mini-grant program aims to fund agriculture-related education projects that:

  • ---• Connect students to the local and sustainable food movement.
    --- • Provide students with hands-on experience of good agricultural practices.
  • --- • Develop instructional materials and methods for teaching science through the lens of agriculture.
  • --- • Enable students to see connections between agricultural practices and human health, nutrition, environment, community, and sustainability.
  • --- • Integrate sustainable agricultural literacy into science, math, social studies, language and literature, and arts curricula.
  • --- • Promote an understanding of the challenges faced by present-day farmers.
  • --- • Introduce ideas in creative ways that promote agricultural literacy both inside the classroom and beyond it.
  • --- • Increase knowledge and understanding of the contributions of agriculture in Massachusetts to the people of the state, the nation, and the world.

Criteria for Application and Procedure

Applications must include the following:

A) A title page that includes the title of the project, name of project leader, name of school/organization and an abstract that summarizes the project in 150 words or less.

B) A detailed description of the project in narrative form, two pages maximum, that includes the following information:

  • --- • Title of project
  • --- • Person responsible for the project and grant money
  • --- • Name of school/organization that will receive the funds
  • --- • Contact information including; name of project leader (if different from the applicant’s name, mailing address, e-mail address, phone number, amount requested in proposal, and total cost of project
  • ---Abstract (Please describe the project in 150 words or less
  • --- • Objective of the project
  • --- • What/whom the project will benefit
  • --- • Number of students and age level that will be reached by the project
  • --- • Start and end date of the project
  • --- • A project time line
  • --- • Co-sponsors and/or project partners
  • --- • How the project will be sustained over the long-term
  • --- • The applicant’s qualifications for success with this project
  • --- • Explanations regarding how:
  • -------- a) The project addresses the goals of MAC and the goals of the mini-grant program
    • -------- b) The project promotes a better understanding of agriculture, farming and the role of farmers in the 21st century
      • -------- c)The Massachusetts curriculum frameworks or Core Curriculum Standards are integrated into the project (Provide examples.)

C) A one-page, Itemized budget statement which includes:

  • ----- 1) Amount requested from MAC
  • ----- 2) Anticipated total cost of the project
  • ----- 3) Matching funds, if any, obtained from other sources

Deadline for submission of proposals:

April 1, September 1 and November 1.

Mini-Grant Review Process

Mini-grant proposals must be submitted by email and addressed to The subject heading should read “MAC Mini-Grant Proposal.”Please do not send photos or DVDs with the application.

Please add MAC’s email address to your personal contact list to prevent messages from getting inadvertently sent to your “Junk” mailbox.

To be considered, a proposal must be received by the deadline for the cycle for which the application is being submitted. Every item on the list of application criteria must be clearly addressed in the proposal. All projects must be completed in the 12-month period subsequent to receipt of the grant.

The Mini-Grant Committee will review all grants, make funding decisions, and notify applicants within eight weeks from the date the mini-grant is submitted.

Each mini-grant award-winner will be assigned a MAC board member liaison who will provide assistance as needed for the duration of the project.

Post Project

Upon completion of the project each grant recipient must:

  • --- • Submit a written report to The final report should be a description of your project that describes and summarizes in about 250 words what the project was about and how it turned out. Please include an evaluation of short-term and potential long-term outcomes for the community in which the project was carried out. Photographs or other audio/visual materials may also be included in the final report.
  • --- • Use the MAC logo on all publicity about the project.
  • ---Include the statement "Program funded in cooperation with Massachusetts Agriculture in the Classroom, Inc." on all project documents.
  • --- • Furnish copies of curriculum designed (or used), if applicable.

Please note:

MAC mini-grant awards will be considered from schools, after-school programs, farms working with schools and youth gardening organizations. Projects that involve cost-sharing and/or collaborative ventures are strongly encouraged.


MAC does not fund individuals or non-profit organizations. Mini-grants may not be used to fund salaries or honorariums, computer equipment or overhead expenses. Because we do not fund projects on a long-term, sustainable basis, an organization may receive funding from MAC a maximum of three times. A proposal that did not receive funding the first time may be resubmitted in a later grant cycle.


Each award is made in two parts. 60% of the total is sent out when the award is announced. The final payment of 40% is sent out only after a final report has been received by MAC.


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