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Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in agriscience and agribusiness in order to help ensure the existence in the United States of a qualified workforce to serve the food and agricultural sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agricultural sciences.

Who Is Eligible to Apply

  • Independent School Districts
  • Other or Additional Information (See below)
  • State Controlled Institutions of Higher Ed
  • More Information on Eligibility

    Applications may be submitted by eligible public secondary schools, public or private, nonprofit junior or community colleges, and nonprofit organizations. IMPORTANT! See RFA for specific eligibility requirements.

    Request for Application (RFA) | Apply: Electronic | Abstracts of Funded Projects

    Solicitation Date (Opening) January 24, 2014
    Letter of Intent Due Date None
    Due Date (Closing)
    April 3, 2014
    Estimated Total Program Funding $900,000.00
    Range of Awards $0.00 to $300,000.00
    Percent of Applications Funded Last Fiscal Year 21%
    Cost Sharing Requirements Required to match 25% of the USDA funds awarded from non-federal sources
    For More Information Contact Irma Lawrence
    Funding Opportunity Number USDA-NIFA-SAECP-004424
    CFDA Number 10.226 Secondary And Two-Year Postsecondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grants
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