Eligible applicants for GAST include universities and community colleges offering agricultural education teacher preparation programs. The purpose of this grant is to recruit, develop, and retain agricultural education teachers. For more information on GAST, explore the resources found below!
The previous funding cycle for GAST funding was in 2022, and utilized the resources below:
GAST grantees are required to coordinate with their regionally assigned FCAE Program Advisor to complete an annual evaluation. The purpose of the evaluation is to improve the efficiency of GAST expenditures and increase the effectiveness of teacher recruitment, retention, and development efforts. All GAST evaluations should be complete by September 1 following the fiscal year evaluated. GAST grantees are also required to present their annual update and evaluation results to the Illinois Committee for Agricultural Education. For more information on GAST evaluations and expected timelines, browse the resources below.