Monsanto Awards Nutrition, Farm Rural Projects

The unsung Monsanto Fund provides grants that support projects to improve nutritional well-being and education in farming communities. Funding supports schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs enriching school programs. These nutritional/education grants are part of the fund’s general U.S. grants program. Nonprofits can apply; Funding: Varies.

Deadline: Feb. 28 (the fund will not start accepting applications for this round of grants until Jan. 1).

The fund also offers America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants, which distributes grants up to $25,000 to local school districts enhance education in the areas of math and/or science. The districts must be nominated by a local farmer. The national grants program (about $2.3 million was distributed last year) is new. It opens in January.

The fund also supports the America’s Farmers Grow Communities grants, which makes a $2,500 award to nonprofits, schools or community-based organizations which have done a good job at enhancing the quality of life in a rural community. That runs on a different funding track; check the website at

Info: 314/694-1000.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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