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

Topics to be addressed include pork production, pork nutrition, career opportunities within the pork industry and other pig and pork-related subjects.

Candidates for grant funding must complete an application postmarked or delivered to the Minnesota Pork Board office by 5 p.m. Aug. 1, 2011. The application must be typed and filled out entirely.

The MPB will award grants based upon an organization’s idea on how to increase pig topic literacy, identification of the target audience and 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 pig literacy projects must be completed and the final grant project report returned to the MPB by Jan. 1, 2012.

For additional information on the MPB Literacy Grant Program, contact Minnesota Pork Board Director of Education Jill Resler at (800) 537-7675 or jill@mnpork.com. To download a grant application, go to www.mnpork.com and select the Learn About Pork tab.