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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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Erica Thieman
Illinois State Board of Education
Principal Consultant in Agricultural Education
100 North First Street, C-215
Springfield, IL 62777
(217) 524-4832
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Revised Start Date Information for FY19 Three Circles Grant.

Monday, June 04, 2018

FY19 Three Circles (FFA & SAE) Grant Initial Application Active

The initial application for the new Three Circle (FFA & SAE) Grant has been released and is now open for eligible districts to submit who are interested in participating in the grant.  Please review these key points.

Districts interested in applying for this grant should be aware of the following:

  1. In order to have a July 1 start date, an initial application must be submitted by June 30, 2018. After ISBE review of the initial application, the budget application will be available and must be submitted no later than July 31, 2018. 
  2. Any initial application submitted after June 30, 2018 will have the effective date as of the date the budget was submitted. The original date of August 31, 2018 will remain the last day to submit the FY19 initial application.
  3. Please be sure that district and teacher information is accurate when submitted in the initial application.  If the district has a vacancy and will not have a teacher in place by June 30, submit your best estimate with a note that this current position will be filled by August. 
  4. A new feature added to this year’s initial application is the question mark icon.  This icon can be clicked on which will bring up additional information/guidance on that particular question. 
  5. The start date for the FY19 Three Circles (FFA & SAE) Grant (at which point hours can begin to accumulate) will be determined by the submission of a substantially approvable budget application as referenced in #1. Therefore, this year (FY19) only hours between the effective date or July 1, 2018 whichever is later to count towards this grant. 

**Please note:  Common mistakes that cause a delay in an application being approved timely is:

  • Application is submitted by a teacher and there was no communication with the district financial office on verification of the salary and TRS
  • Only benefits covered is TRS, THIS.  No health and insurance benefits are allowed
  • Teacher did not meet the required hours on the grant from last year. This may cause the teacher to be ineligible for this year’s grant.  Verify that the teacher did meet the 400 hours.
  • District did not document and provide payment of the District match and/or grant funds to the teacher. This may cause the District to be ineligible for this year’s grant. Verify payments to the teacher.
  • Application does not have the proper budget detail coding for the teacher and TRS/THIS benefits. Please see grant instructions in the application for proper coding of the budget.

Grant information and resources can be found under the Three Circle Grant pull-down menu.  A recorded webinar as well as the initial application can be found at preceding link.  If you seek additional assistance, please contact your FCAE Program Advisor as necessary.  For program questions regarding this grant, please contact Brian Houser  at 217-524-4832.

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