Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 4/18/2022

Secondary Agriculture Education Challenge Grant Program

The Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants (SPECA) program seeks to: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food and agriculture sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that's qualified to serve the food and agriculture sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the food and agriculture sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the food and agriculture sciences.

Duplicate or Multiple Submissions – duplicate or multiple submissions are not allowed.


  • Duke Internal:  Interested applicants from within Duke should contact dukeiln@duke.edu as early as possible.
  • Sponsor Deadlines: April 6, 2022; Feb. 1, 2023
Eligibility Requirements

Applicants for the SPECA must meet all the requirements discussed in this RFA. Applications may only be submitted by: (1) public secondary schools, (2) public or private nonprofit junior and community colleges, (3) institutions of higher education, or (4) nonprofit organizations (Attach IRS 501(c)(3) status under R&R ‘Other Project Information’ Field 12 Other Attachments). Failure to meet the eligibility criteria by the application deadline may result in exclusion from consideration or, preclude NIFA from making an award. For those new to Federal financial assistance, NIFA’s Grants Overview provides highly recommended information about grants and other resources to help understand the Federal awards process.


Amount Description

The anticipated amount available for SPECA in FY 2022 and FY 2023 is approximately $800,000 each year. This RFA is being released prior to the passage of an appropriations act for FY 2022 and FY2023. Enactment of additional continuing resolutions or an appropriations act may affect the availability or level of funding for this program. USDA is not committed to fund any particular application or to make a specific number of awards.

Internal Nomination



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