The Michigan 4-H Foundation has announced grant and award opportunities of up to $1,000 to support local 4-H clubs and county programs for the 2017-18 program year. 4-H volunteer leaders, members and staff are encouraged to apply for these funds. All grant and award applications are due June 1, 2017.
The following funding opportunities are now open for the 2017-18 program year:
- 4-H Educational Garden Grants – Two $1,000 grants available
Supports the creation of local 4-H educational gardens in Michigan. Funded by the Albert A. Albright Endowment.
- 4-H On-Target Grants – Two $500 grants available
Supports 4-H shooting sports programs to enhance existing programs, develop new programs or offer special experiences related to 4-H shooting sports. Funded with support from the Thomas H. Cobb 4-H Shooting Sports Endowment Fund.
- Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant – One $350 grant available
This grant is only open to 4-H clubs and groups (not individuals). It is intended to advance local 4-H work in plant science and horticulture. The grant is made possible by the William J. and Ruth D. Collins Endowment Fund.
- Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants – Two $1,000 grants available
Supports development of new 4-H programs or initiatives and efforts to strengthen, enhance or expand current 4-H programs that are making a difference. Funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund Endowment.
- Michigan 4-H Outbound International Travel Scholarship Award – Four $1,000 travel scholarships available
These scholarships are awarded to 4-H youth who have applied and been accepted to travel as part of Michigan 4-H–sponsored outbound international travel experiences such as Labo (Japan), IFYE (many countries), Poland, Belize and others.
- Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award – Three $1,000 grant awards available
This award recognizes the outstanding achievements of Michigan 4-H volunteers or groups who have exhibited excellence in 4-H youth agriculture education and in helping youth participants develop leadership skills in the following project areas: beef cattle, dairy cattle, goats, horses, horticulture, crops and soils, poultry, rabbits, sheep, swine and veterinary science. Honorees will choose how their $1,000 grant awards will be used to support Michigan 4-H agriculture programs (such as for 4-H volunteer training, to buy supplies and curriculum materials, or to enhance local or statewide programming). Funded by the Michigan Farm Bureau Excellence in Agriculture Endowment.
You can apply for these grants and awards online at http://mi4hfdtn.org/grants/ or contact the Michigan 4-H Foundation for more information at (517) 353-6692.