Greatest Advocate Challenge2019-02-21T13:30:25+00:00

Greatest

Advocate

Challenge

Join The Greatest Advocate Challenge today! Send us your idea for your National Ag Week event for a chance to receive funding. Multiple awards will be distributed. Check out details below and start your submission today!

Join the Challenge

Check out The Greatest Advocate Challenge Rubric to help guide your application.

Agricultural advocacy starts with agricultural literacy. National FFA’s Agricultural Literacy and Advocacy platform focuses on the ability to comprehend and articulate information about agriculture and to provide active support through the four steps of effective advocacy – plan, develop, do, reflect.

Any state officer team, active middle school or high school FFA chapter can apply. Active chapters are those who have paid dues in the fiscal year of the application. Financial Assistance will be dispersed to qualified applicant’s dependent upon funding availability.

Plan & Develop Step
(Application Due)
Award Notification
Date
Do Step
(National Ag Week)
Reflect Step
Due
February 15, 2019 February 25, 2019 March 10-16, 2019 April 17, 2019

Applicants may apply for up to $300. Please note, funds will be distributed on a REIMBURSEMENT basis only. It is expected that those who are awarded have the ability to fund the project upfront. Applicants will then receive funding after the event with the submission of the reflection report, event impacts, budget, and receipts.

The Greatest Advocate Challenge Events that may be funded:

The Greatest Advocate Challenge events that will receive financial support will address a food, agriculture, and/or natural resources issue and have an outreach component in their school or community. All events will follow the four-step effective advocacy model of Plan, Develop, Do, and Reflect.

Examples of events may include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching a hands on agriculture lesson to elementary students. Example: Food For America
  • Setting up an agricultural exhibit in the school cafeteria
  • Hosting an Ag Day that could include farm animals or farm technology
  • Hosting a #SpeakAg Dialogue watch party with the community
  • Creating a National Ag Week radio announcement or appearing on a tv/radio show to be used in the community
  • Inviting farmers to speak during class time
  • Hosting a farmer’s market
  • Conducting an agricultural literacy workshop

For more ideas, check out FFA.org/literacy-and-advocacy and agday.org.

This is not an exhaustive or complete list. Funds may not be given as a direct donation. Money must be used for materials and supplies to organize and host a Greatest Advocate event.

Allowable Expenses   Non-Allowable Expenses
  • Substitute teacher pay
  • Transportation to and from event site
  • Copying/Marketing costs
  • Educational outreach material
  • Stipends or scholarships to students or the chapter
  • Indirect Costs (cost of administering the grant funds)
  • Travel to or from National FFA trainings

Any state officer team or active middle school or high school FFA chapter can apply. Active chapters are those who have paid dues in the fiscal year of the application. Financial Assistance will be dispersed to qualified applicant’s dependent upon funding availability.

Plan & Develop
Step (Application Due)
Award Notification
Date
Do Step
(National Ag Week)
Reflect Step Due
February 8, 2019 February 18, 2019 March 17-23, 2019 April 17, 2019

Applicants may apply for up to $300. Please note, funds will be distributed on a REIMBURSEMENT basis only. It is expected that those who are awarded have the ability to fund the project upfront. Applicants will then receive funding after the event with the submission of the reflection report, event impacts, budget, and receipts.

The Greatest Advocate Challenge Events that may be funded:

The Greatest Advocate Challenge events that will receive financial support will address a food, agriculture, and/or natural resources issue and have an outreach component in their school or community. All events will follow the four-step effective advocacy model of Plan, Develop, Do, and Reflect.

Examples of events may include but are not limited to:

  • Teaching a hands on agriculture lesson to elementary students. Example: Food For America
  • Setting up an agricultural exhibit in the school cafeteria
  • Hosting an Ag Day that could include farm animals or farm technology
  • Hosting a #SpeakAg Dialogue watch party with the community
  • Creating a National Ag Week radio announcement or appearing on a tv/radio show to be used in the community
  • Inviting farmers to speak during class time
  • Hosting a farmer’s market
  • Conducting an agricultural literacy workshop

For more ideas, check out FFA.org/literacy-and-advocacy and agday.org.

Allowable Expenses
    • Substitute teacher pay

 

    • Transportation to and from event site

 

    • Copying/Marketing costs

 

    • Educational outreach material
Non-Allowable Expenses
    • Stipends or scholarships to students or the chapter

 

    • Indirect Costs (cost of administering the grant funds)

 

    • Travel to or from National FFA trainings
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