The Minnesota Pork Board (MPB), through its Literacy Grant Program, is offering youth organizations, such as 4-H clubs, FCCLA chapters, and FFA chapters, an opportunity to carry out educational projects to increase the public’s knowledge of pigs and pork.

Among literacy grant topic ideas are pork production, pork nutrition, career opportunities within pork and other pig- and pork-related subjects.

The deadline to submit a grant application is June 1, 2012. The application must be typed and filled out in its entirety. The MPB will award grants based upon an organization’s idea on how to increase pig topic literacy, identification of the target audience, the project’s ability to reach that audience and financial need.

Grants up to $1,000 per organization will be awarded. Organizations submitting grant applications, as well as the proposed project, must be based in Minnesota. The projects must be completed and the final grant project report returned to the MPB by Jan. 1, 2013.

For additional information on the MPB Literacy Grant Program, contact Jill Resler, Minnesota Pork Board Director of Education, (507) 345-8814 or jill@mnpork.com . To download a grant application, go to mnpork.com and select the ‘Ag Literacy Grants’ headline.