Beef for the Classroom Program 2016-2017

 “Beef for the Classroom” is a grant program funded by beef producers through their beef checkoff administered by the Colorado Beef Council.  Started in 2001, this program provides financial support for the use of beef products in junior and senior high school Family and Consumer Science and Catering/ProStart courses or other classes in which beef is cooked.  It reinforces lessons about lean beef selection, storage, preparation and nutrition.  The Colorado Beef Council offers free educational materials to teachers and supports the website to provide additional resources for you (under construction).

NEW Format for Beef Grant 

For 2016-2017, the way Beef Grant money is allocated is changing.  The variety of classes being taught is amazing!  For the last few years, it has seemed that modifications were needed because the number of classes has increased in many schools, yet all schools were eligible for the same amount of money.

After a lot of analysis and a headache or two, the Beef Grant allocation is changing to remove the per-school maximum and adding a new classroom category.

  • Catering/ProStart            $100 per class
  • High School Class             $75 per class
  • Middle School Class          $50 per class

Here is an example on how to define a class: 

Bobby Flay and his friends all go to your school.  Bobby enrolls in your class.  He should receive the benefit of the Beef Grant during his class.  This is really the premise behind how the money is going to be allocated to schools for the Beef Grant.  How many beef cookery classes do you teach each year?

  • If Bobby Flay is in a class that is a year-long class and beef cookery is taught – that is one class.
  • If Bobby Flay is in a class that lasts one semester and then signs up for a second semester and is taught beef cookery in both classes – then that is two classes.
  • If Bobby Flay signs up for the 1st quarter, Rachel Ray signs up for the 2nd quarter, Guy Fieri signs up for 3rd quarter and the Pioneer Woman signs up for the 4th quarter and they are each taught beef cookery – then that is 4 classes. But you teach that class twice a day – then it is 8 classes during the 2016-2017 year. 

Application Process

The application process is an online form due September 15, 2016.  Award recipients will be notified by email on or before October 1, 2016. Recipients must fulfill the following reimbursement requirements.  Recipients not completing the following requirements by May 1, 2017 will not be reimbursed.

Reimbursement Process – Deadlines

Complete Reimbursement Request Form each time you submit receipts for reimbursement.  You can send in receipts when it is easiest for you.  Please don't overwhelm our accountant with monthly requests, but you can send them in throughout the year.  Checks will be sent reimbursing the $$ amount up to the original granted amount.

Complete Evaluation Form before May 1, 2017.  

Online Forms

Application Form - application deadline has passed. 

Reimbursement Request - click here

Evaluation Form - click here


For more information contact:

Julie Moore
Colorado Beef Council
303-867-2302  303-830-7896 fax