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