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FFA is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education..

The FFA Alumni Association supports and advocates for agricultural education and FFA through gifts of time, talent and financial resources..

The mission of the Illinois FFA Foundation is to provide financial support for the Illinois FFA. When you make a gift to the Illinois Foundation FFA, you are investing in the future of agriculture..

The Illinois Association of Vocation Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT) is a professional organization for agricultural teachers at all levels..

The Illinois Association of Community College Agriculture Instructors (IACCAI) is a statewide professional organization for postsecondary agriculture instructors. .

The Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) Organization provides opportunities for individual growth, leadership and career preparation. .

The Illinois Farm Bureau & Affiliated Companies Youth Education in Agriculture program offers unique educational programs to Illinois youth in 4-H and FFA. .

The purpose of the Illinois Agriculture in the Classroom Program is to encourage educators to incorporate more information about the agriculture, food, and natural resources system into daily lessons..
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Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE) is a state project administered through the Illinois State Board of Education that is tasked with improving and expanding agricultural education from pre-k through adult levels..

The Illinois Leadership Council for Agricultural Education (ILCAE) is a voluntary, grassroots agricultural industry group focused on the expansion and improvement of Agricultural Education programs at all levels..

The Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education (ICAE) is a 13-member committee established by legislation and appointed by the Governor to advise both the governor and state education agencies concerning Agricultural Education K-adult..

The Illinois State Board of Education is the state agency responsible for Pre-K through 12th grade education. Its primary mission is state program leadership, planning, approval, funding, and evaluation..

The Illinois Department of Agriculture will be an advocate for Illinois' agricultural industry and provide the necessary regulatory functions to benefit consumers, agricultural industry, and our natural resources.. provides information about the Agricultural Education profession and encourages students to consider a career as an agriculture teacher..

MyCAERT provides teachers with an integrated online system to Plan, Document, Deliver, and Assess Career and Technical Education instruction. .

Information Technology and Communication Services (ITCS) Instructional Materials provides agricultural education publications in a variety of formats. .

The Agricultural Experience Tracker is the premiere personalized online system for tracking experiences in agricultural education. .
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Dean Dittmar.
FCAE Coordinator
3358 Big Pine Trail
Champaign, IL 61822
Office: (217) 893-0091 Cell: (618) 604-1622
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$10,000 Ag Grant Due Jan 25 (postmarked by)

Thursday, January 24, 2019

*sent to all ag teachers.

Hi Educators-
Deadline date for the $10,000 Improving Agricultural Education Program Grant is postmarked by Friday, January 25, 2019.  No need for speed or extra postage.  Below are the details from the original message.   Application

We are pleased to announce the continuation of up to $10,000 grants to school districts  for improving agricultural education programs.  Funded projects previously have been for lab facilities, computers/tablets, and greenhouses though not limited to these improvements.   
Facilitating Coordination in Agricultural Education (FCAE), a project of the Illinois State Board of Education part of the Agricultural Education Line Item, will provide Improving Agricultural Education Program(IAEP) mini-grants up to a maximum of $10,000 per local educational agency to fund a major agricultural department improvement project.  Implementation of this mini-grant is contingent upon the availability of funds. 
School districts with an approved agricultural education program.  Click for grant application.  Click for a summary of past grant recipients since FY07.
*Verification of a minimum of 50% funding match. Matching funding may include values of contributions, except for the value of labor.  Priority will be given to applications from first time(not receiving a grant within the past five years) schools and with higher levels of local match funding.  
*Printed application(parts 1-6) must be postmarked by Friday, January 25, 2019, and sent to:  FCAE, 3358 Big Pine Trail, Champaign, IL 61822.  
*All projects must be completed and a final report received by May 15, 2019.
*Grants will be evaluated by a committee of ICAE and ILCAE members.
*Selected grant recipients will be notified as soon as possible after the funded grants are determined.  
*All schools awarded funding will be required to facilitate a monitoring visit by a FCAE staff member to tag new equipment and facilities, to view expenditures according to the budget, and to take photos of the improvements. 
*If assistance is needed, contact a FCAE program advisor or the FCAE main office at, contact tab.   (217) 893-0091
If selected as a mini-grant recipient, payment of 50% of the funds awarded will be at the beginning of the project in a check from Parkland College, the FCAE fiscal agent.  The balance of the funds will be awarded at the completion of the project once the final report has been submitted to the FCAE office in Champaign.
Application Components and Evaluation
Provide the following information in the order as listed:
Part 1 - Project Name, Funding Source Name(s) and Amount(s),  Verification of Matching Funding, and Signatures
Part 2 – Goals(20%) – What do you want to accomplish?
Part 3 - Plan(25%) – Who, what, where, why, how, & timeline for project including proposed starting and completion date?  
Part 4 – Impact(25%) – How will this project make an impact on your students and/or program?
Part 5 – Budget(20%) – Indicate expenses, resources, and materials needed to complete the project.  
Part 6 – Other(10%) – Provide any other vital information including: photos, diagram, and/or blueprint(sketch).
Example 50% Match Requirements
*$10,000 grant requires a 50% match of $5,000 by local funding.  Total project budget would be $15,000.
*$7,500 grant requires a 50% match of $3,750 by local funding.  Total project budget would be $11,250.
*$5,000 grant requires a 50% match of $2,500 by local funding.  Total project budget would be $7,500.

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