US Site Grants

The Monsanto Fund supports communities in which Monsanto employees live and work by investing in programs across rural America.

  • We focus primarily on K-12 Education. Examples of areas of investments are schools, libraries, science centers, and academic enrichment programs.
  • We meet critical needs in communities in a number of ways. Examples of areas of investment are support of local United Ways, projects focused on hunger, nutrition and first responders.

We accept US Site Grant applications once per year from January 1 - February 28 11:59:59pm CT. The application is now closed. Please check back with us when the application reopens.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Eligibility
  • Process & Timeline
  • Program Information
  • Reporting

What types of organizations are eligible to apply for US Site grants from the Monsanto Fund?

  • Organizations who hold a 501©3 tax exempt status and have been operating as a 501©3 for a minimum of two years
  • Organizations who are units of government under Section 170©(1), such as public schools, libraries, villages and municipalities
  • Organizations must be located in one of the eligible site communities available by selecting "Request a Code" in the "How do I get started" box above.
  • The proposed project must fit within the focus areas of Education K-12 or Critical Needs
  • The nonprofit must be experienced and reputable; The Monsanto Fund does not work with start-up organizations
  • The nonprofit must be financially sound; Proof of most current financial audit is necessary for requests over $10,000

What kinds of organizations or programs will be considered for funding?

  • The Monsanto Fund focuses on Education K-12. Examples of areas of investments are schools, libraries, science centers, and after school academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs. Projects might include science and technology fairs, family science nights, robotics, Lego league, and school gardens.
  • The Monsanto Fund focuses on Critical Needs. Examples of areas of investment are ongoing support for our local United Ways, hunger, and public safety. Projects might include community gardens, food distribution programs, nutrition education, and equipment and training for first responders.


What types of requests are not eligible for US Site grants?

4-H and FFA organizations are not eligible to receive direct site grants. These organizations can be supported through the America’s Farmer’s Grow Communities program. Projects originating in sales territory communities are not eligible for direct site grants. They are supported through the America’s Farmers Grow Communities and America’s Farmer’s Grow Rural Education programs.

What is the process for applying to the Monsanto Fund?

US Site applications are accepted on an invitation only basis. To apply, applicants must obtain the invitation code from the Monsanto site contact in the proposed project community. All eligible projects must be implemented in a Monsanto eligible site community. If you do not have a contact at the Monsanto site, you may submit a summary of your project and select your eligible site community through the “Request a Code” link on this page. The Monsanto Site contact will get back to you with a response.



What is the deadline for grant applications?

Applications are accepted one time per year. Grant seekers can apply January 1 – February 28. Access to the online grant application will close at 11:59:59pm CT on February 28. No grants will be accepted after the window has closed.



Can I apply for a grant to fund a program already started?  When must my program start and when is it expected to be completed?

All funding requests must be for upcoming program activities. Grant seekers applying for US Site grants should have a project start date no earlier than June 1.



What additional information will I need to submit with my grant application?

All grant applications are expected to upload the following documents, as applicable:



Partnership Agreements (also known as Memorandum of Understanding) – When are they required to be submitted with my application?

1 -All nonprofit organizations that offer student educational enrichment programming or teacher professional development in science, math or arts IN SCHOOLS must upload a completed Partnership Agreement between the non-profit and the school. When the non-profit is a public school, the agreement should be with the school district. When the non-profit is an independent or charter school, the agreement should be with the entity that governs the organization, (for example, the board of directors or other authorizing body).

2 -All nonprofits sharing responsibility for implementation of the project with another organization must upload a completed Partnership Agreement between the non-profit and the other implementing organization which outlines the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and timeline.

What must the Partnership Agreement include?

1 – For non-profits working in public schools: a statement as to how this program supports the district’s academic strategy and creates value to the district and how the district plans to hold the organization accountable for the outcomes of the program. The agreement must outline the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and the timeline.

2 - For non-profits working in independent or charter schools: a statement as to how the program supports the academic strategy for the school and adds value to the school, and how the entity that governs the organization (e.g. board of directors) plans to hold the organization accountable for the outcomes of the program. The agreement must outline the roles and responsibilities of both parties for implementation and the timeline.



Why are audited financial statements required for grants greater than $10,000?

Audited financial statements are the verification by an independent accounting firm that an organization’s financial statements are presented fairly, in all material respects, and provide reasonable assurance that the statements have been prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the US.



How to submit an application:

  1. Log into the application and click the “Continue” link located at the bottom of the Welcome page under the “Applications Requiring Action” heading.
  2. Within each section of the application click the "Save and Proceed" button at the bottom of each page until you’re at the end of the application, or click the last link in the timeline at the top of the page.
  3. You are brought to the “Review Your Application” page. (You cannot proceed to this page until you have completed all required fields on each page.)
  4. Click the "Submit" button. Once submitted you can no longer make any changes. If you have questions, click the "Need Support" button at the bottom of each page.


When and how will we be notified if we will be receiving a grant?

Grant decisions will be communicated by email in June.  



If we are not selected, will the Monsanto Fund provide feedback on our application?

We are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

What types of requests will the Monsanto Fund NOT fund?

Funding will not be provided for the following:

  • Individual aid or personal support
  • Underwriting deficits
  • Fraternal, labor or veterans organizations, unless the project benefits the general public
  • Benefits, dinners, advertisements
  • Religious, politically partisan or similar groups
  • Endowments
  • Activities that directly support Monsanto Company marketing programs
  • Projects in which the Monsanto Company has a financial interest or could derive a financial benefit through cash or rights to intellectual property
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, age or national origin


What is the maximum size grant we can apply for?

Generally, US Site grant requests must not exceed $20,000. The average grant is about $10,000. Please remember, grant requests of more than $10,000 require your organization to submit your most recent Audited Financials. If you do not have Audited Financials, the maximum grant you can apply for is $10,000.



Can we apply for a multi-year grant?

No, these are one-year grant commitments.



Must the program we are applying for be a new program or can it be an existing program?

You can apply for either a new program OR an existing program. If it is an existing program, please describe current successes as well as how you were able to fund the program in the past and why you need funding from the Monsanto Fund at this time. If it is a new program, provide evidence as to why you think this project will be successful.



Will Monsanto Fund grants cover overhead costs?

Yes. Up to 20% of the requested grant amount can be utilized for overhead costs.

Will Monsanto Fund grants cover program evaluation?

Yes, Up to 5 percent of the requested grant amount can be utilized for program evaluation. We support evidence-based programs.

Can funds be used for staff salaries?

Yes. The Monsanto Fund grant can be used to pay for staff salaries, but they must be clearly related to the request and, given the one-year grant period, rationale for longer-term support of the position should be clearly noted in the proposal.



What do reviewers look for in applications?

To learn more about how grant proposals are scored, and for tips on how to write a compelling application click here.  All proposals should include the following:

Project Description

  • Clear project goals
  • Clear project details, including the specific activities and timelines

Project Participants

  • Clear description of who will benefit from the proposed project, including numbers of participants
  • Clear description of why the target population is in need of the proposed project or services

Project Impact

  • Clear and realistic project goals
  • Clear description of how the project’s progress will be assessed, and what indicators will be used to determine impact
  • Clear description of how the project’s activities and impact may continue beyond the life of the grant

Project Budget

  • Clear description of how the grant will be used, including clear calculations and relevant cost explanations


If we are not selected, will the Monsanto Fund provide feedback on our application?

We are unable to provide feedback on individual applications.

My application was returned, how do I resubmit?

  1. Login to your previously submitted application and make the requested changes.
  2. Within each section of the application click the “Save and Proceed” button at the bottom of each page until you are at the end of the application, or click the last link in the timeline at the top of the page.
  3. You are brought to the “Review Your Application” page. (You cannot proceed to this page until you have completed all required fields.)
  4. Click the "Submit" button. Once submitted you can no longer make any changes. If you have questions, you can click on the "Need Support" button at the bottom of each page.

Can I make changes to my project upon funding?

All changes to the project or budget must be submitted and approved by the Monsanto Fund in writing. Prospective changes should not alter the original intent of the grant funded by the Monsanto Fund.



What are the specific reporting requirements?

Grantees will be asked to report to the Monsanto Fund at end of the grant period. An online template will be provided to grantees to report the outcomes of project goals and report financial expenditures. Grantees will be notified by email when impact reports are available and when reports are due.