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SACRAMENTO, August 23, 2023 – The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is accepting proposals for the 2023 California Agriculture Special Interest License Plate (CalAgPlate) grant program.
This program will provide an estimated $250,000 in grant to promote agricultural education and leadership activities for students at the K-12, post-secondary, and adult-education levels, with the objectives of increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition, the introduction of young people to potential careers in agriculture, and public engagement to enhance understanding of agriculture and food production.
CDFA’s Ag Vision plan, which centers on growing opportunity for all Californians via agriculture, recognizes the importance of ag education and ag literacy to the contribution of informed citizens in the development of policies that support healthy and competitive agriculture and food systems. Grants from the CalAG Plate Program help advance these objectives.
Proceeds for the grant program are generated through the sales of specialized, agriculture-themed license plates offered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Funding is available on a competitive basis for state-adopted Agricultural Education Programs (Education CodeSection 52450-52454), government agencies, and non-profit organizations that administer agricultural education programs. The application deadline is Wednesday, September 20, 2023, at 5:00 p.m. PT.
Prospective applicants are encouraged to visit the program website: www.cdfa.ca.gov/calagplate
The CalAgPlate program has funded more than $2.1million in youth educational activities since the program’s inception. You can help support agricultural education by purchasing a special interest license plate at your local DMV office or online.