Pathways to Partnerships
We want to grow the economy of Walker County by tapping into unique funding sources that are tailored to the instructional needs of our students and the workforce creation needs of our
farming partners. We have developed three distinct ways to help. Partnerships will fall into the following categories: Matching Micro Grants, Challenge Grants, and Collaborative Contributions.
Matching Micro Grants: Schools submit a plan and donors provide funding. Challenge Grants: Farms or private donors submit a plan, with a budget of their choosing, and schools volunteer to meet the challenge! Collaborative Contributions: Interested parties sit down and create a plan for the system or the school.
Matching Micro Grants: Schools will submit a plan, budget and implementation timeline through the Walker Farms website. A committee consisting of central level leadership, agriculture teachers, and business partners will then match the school’s project to funds previously submitted by a partnering farm or business.
Challenge Grants: Farms or businesses submit a project through the Walker Farms website that includes a plan, budget, and implementation timeline. Donors will need to make site visits to ensure that existing green space is appropriate for interested schools.
Collaborative Contributions: No websites, no committees, just two parties with mutually beneficial interests that sit down and devise a way to make an out-of-the-box idea come to life.