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Kids to Ag

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Kids to Ag aims to increase primary school students’ understanding of where their food and fibre comes from, and to raise awareness of the career opportunities within the agricultural sector.

Grants are available for primary school students to support visits to primary production sites and farms across Victoria – providing students with hands on, practical experiences in agriculture.

The VFF is encouraging primary schools to consider the wide range of opportunities to engage with the agriculture sector. Examples of funding opportunities could be a visit to a farm, or perhaps a series of experiences along an entire supply chain, e.g. following a crop to an end food product, or a sheep to an article of clothing.

Want to participate but don’t have a farm or primary production site in mind? Contact us and we can assist with finding a suitable host!

Applications have been extended for excursions up until the end of Term 1 2022.

The VFF Kids to Ag project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from the Australian Government’s Educating Kids About Agriculture initiative.

The health and safety of all participants will always remain the VFF’s top priority. Any Kids to Ag activity requires adherence to the Victorian Chief Health Officer directions at the time of the activity. We encourage you to monitor the Department of Health’s COVID-19 restrictions here. It is the recipient’s responsibility to ensure that it complies with current COVID-19 restrictions. Should the date of your Kids to Ag activity have to be rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions, please contact us.

Background

Grant applicants should aim to:

  • Engage primary school students in learning about the contribution and future of farming, and increasing the understanding of where our food and fibre comes from.
  • Provide an opportunity to enhance the food and fibre learning elements of the Victorian curriculum and in doing so, encourage more young Victorians to study and pursue a career in agriculture.

Application Guidelines

The Objectives of Kids to Ag are:

  • To increase primary school students understanding of where and how food and fibre is produced and the role and importance of agriculture to Australia’s way of life, regional communities and the economy.
  • To provide primary school students with a hands on, practical experience which provides a greater understanding of the role of agriculture and the breadth of career opportunities available in the agriculture sector.

Grant Process

Applicants will submit their application via email to [email protected]. Applications must be received at least one month prior to the commencement of the activity or the first activity in a

  • Applications will be assessed within 10 working days.
  • Once assessed, applicants will receive notification via email if their application has been successful.
  • Grant funds are distributed as reimbursements after the completion of the activity. You will not receive funding prior to the activity.
  • Funding will only cover the amount that was awarded on approval of your application.
  • Within 30 days of completion of your activity, applicants will need to submit an evaluation report (this report template will be emailed to you on approval of your application) and a copy of a paid tax invoice(s), itemising all the items of expenditure.
  • Successful applicants will be reimbursed once your post evaluation report and a tax invoice(s) have been received by the VFF.
  • If you are planning a series of activities, submission of your evaluation report and copy of a tax invoice(s) is due within 30 days of completion of the final activity/event.
  • Grant funding does not include GST.

Who can apply for the grant?

Anyone who wishes to take primary school students on a learning adventure:

  • Primary Schools from across the state of Victoria
  • Primary production worksites
  • Farmers
  • Educators

Apply Now

Applicants are advised to read the grant guidelines before submitting their application.

Completed application forms with all support documents should be emailed to: [email protected] and must be received at least one month prior to the planned activity or commencement of the first activity in a series.

Applications are invited for funding of up to $2,000, (excluding GST) however larger grants will be considered on merit and if value can be demonstrated.

Applications open Monday 7 December 2020 for the 2021 school year.

Contact Us

For further information regarding Kids to Ag, please contact:

Kath Dunn
VFF Project Coordinator
Tel: 1300 882 833
Email: [email protected]

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