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Growing Minds is a program of Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food.

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Growing Minds @ Community College Funding

Please note that this page is for Growing Minds @ Community College participants only. If you would like to apply for funds for your preK-12 classroom, please fill out this application.

What are the criteria for selection?

This funding is open to community college Early Childhood Education instructors in North Carolina. 

We accept funding applications on a rolling basis and award them as funding is available.

What is required of Growing Minds @ Community College recipients?

After you are awarded [email protected] Funding and the activity has taken place, you are required to complete the following:

  • Complete a brief online reflection about the activity that you used the grant funds for.
  • Submit electronic pictures of the activity.
  • Submit photo permission slips (provided by ASAP) for all community college students in the pictures you submit. Please note that if awarded funding for your school garden, you will be required to submit photo permission forms for all of your students prior to receiving a check for your funds.
  • If you or your school includes mention of this grant in any publications or announcements, we ask that you send us a copy. 


Please feel free to contact ASAP at growingminds@asapconnections.org if you have questions or would like suggestions such as how to find a farm to visit, recipes to try, or for ideas about connecting to other farm to preschool components. Return via this form only; please do not mail in the application. Notification of winning applications will be made within two weeks after the application is submitted.