2015-16 4-H MINI-GRANTS AWARDED TO LOCAL 4-H PROJECTS

Michigan 4-H Foundation

From Vantage, Fall 2015

The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees annually approves the distribution of competitive grant funds to encourage development of innovative 4-H program opportunities in local communities. For the 2015-16 program year, 4-H mini-grants were awarded in four grant categories.

Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants, funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund endowment, encourage creativity and support the implementation of great ideas that promote positive youth development in communities. Ionia County’s 4-H Shamrocks Art Attack received a $1,000 grant to work with students in an after-school art club that will allow students to learn about various artists and styles of art. They will then be able to create their own art using what they have learned. The Kent County 4-H Garden Tool Kits also received a grant to create educational garden tool kits to be utilized both in and out of the classroom – a project built in response to a growing interest in urban gardens.

The 4-H Education Garden Grant is made possible by the Albert A. Albright Endowment for 4-H Plant Science and Gardening Education. The Inkster Public Library Community and Beautification Project received the $1,000 grant to help expand the current 4-H community garden project at the Inkster Public Library, which allows participants to engage in hands-on gardening, community service and healthy living programming.

Two On-Target County Grants were funded by the Thomas H. Cobb Shooting Sports Fund to help enhance county 4-H shooting sports programs. The Mason County Archery the Mongolian Way project aspires to increase the number of youth who participate in archery and outdoor activities by first increasing their knowledge of and care for human-environmental interaction. The Muskegon County Denim-n-dust Archery Club also received a grant to teach youth safety first and proper use of equipment in hopes that 4-H archery will encourage youth and families to spend time in the outdoors.

The 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Practicum in Kent and Ingham counties received $500 grants from the NorthStar Cooperative 4-H Dairy Science Grant to educate parents and leaders through an intensive daylong dairy cattle judging workshop, where they will learn, develop and practice evaluation skills and oral reasons. Also receiving the grant is Thumb Dairy Odyssey, which will fund a monthly series of interactive dairy science learning experiences in Lapeer, Sanilac, St. Clair and Tuscola counties.

Each year, the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees approves the distribution of competitive grant funds to encourage development of innovative 4-H opportunities in local communities. For the 2016-17 program year, 4-H mini grants were awarded in four
grant categories.

Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants
Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants, funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund endowment, encourage creativity and  support the implementation of great ideas that promote positive youth development in communities.

  • Allegan County’s Shooting Sports Program received a $1,000 grant to upgrade its shooting equipment to open the opportunity for youth to participate in competitive shooting while emphasizing safety, rules and sportsmanship.
  • The Macomb County 4-H Peer Mentoring Program also received a $1,000 grant to provide supplies for its mentorship program, which matches successful high school seniors with freshmen who are having a tough time adjusting to high school. Mentors promote life skills such as leadership, career exploration, communication and financial literacy.

4-H Educational Garden Grants
Two 4-H Educational Garden Grants were funded by the Albert A. Albright Endowment for 4-H Plant Science and Gardening Education.

  • Iron County’s 4-H Green Thumb Community Garden Project received a $1,000 grant to expand the community garden. The garden provides a space for 4-H, schools and a local community center to teach hands-on gardening, plant science and nutrition education to local youth.
  • Wayne County’s Ecorse Grandport Academy 4-H Garden Project also received a garden grant to expand the current 4-H garden at Grandport Academy. Youth will become certified junior master gardeners and engage in hands-on gardening, nutrition and physical fitness.

4-H On-Target Grants
Two On-Target grants were funded by the Thomas H. Cobb Shooting Sports Fund to help enhance county 4-H shooting sports programs.

  • Gratiot County’s Non-Typical Shooters 4-H Club was granted one of the $500 grants to install target cameras and screens to enable audience members to see the results of shooters’ shots. Allowing the audience to see the results before the shooter retrieves his or her arrows creates more excitement in the sport and allows potential shooters to see shots that end up on target.
  • Kalamazoo County was also awarded a grant that will help fund the start-up of a new club, including the purchase of archery equipment. The Aim to Achieve 4-H Club allows youth interested in shooting sports to join an archery-specific club and start practicing.

Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant
The Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant is funded by the William J. and Ruth D. Collins Endowment Fund to advance local 4-H club work in plant science and horticulture activities.

  • Monroe County’s Rockin’ Ranchers 4-H Club received a $350 grant for their Monarch Butterfly Migration and Breeding Garden Project. The educational garden will be built at a public library and will serve as a sanctuary for monarch butterflies and also help educate the public on butterflies, local ecology and 4-H.

Each year, the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees approves the distribution of competitive grant funds to encourage development of innovative 4-H opportunities in local communities. For the 2017-18 program year, 4-H mini grants were awarded in four grant categories.

Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants
Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants, funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund endowment, encourage creativity and support the implementation of great ideas that promote positive youth development in communities.

  • The 4-H After-School Robotics Club in Iosco County received a $1,000 grant to use VEX Robotics as a tool for Hale Area Middle School students to help them develop life skills, reduce risk factors and build assets. The program will foster innovation, teamwork and responsibility as youth work together to solve problems and collaborate on the creation of their robots.
  • The Kalkaska County 4-H Dream Team also received a $1,000 grant to support the creation of a Dream Team baseball team and summer day camp in 2018. The team and camp will allow for special needs youth to be paired with peers in middle and high school to create an active learning environment in which all youth can grow together.

4-H Educational Garden Grants
Two 4-H Educational Garden Grants were funded by the Albert A. Albright Endowment for 4-H Plant Science and Gardening Education.

  • Shiawassee County’s Pleasant Valley Community Garden project received a $1,000 grant to build a garden in a local, economically depressed trailer park that will benefit many families and senior citizens. The youth involved will learn how to grow, harvest, prepare and eat their own food while working together and building confidence throughout the project.
  • Iosco County’s 4-H Community Garden project also received a garden grant to provide youth an opportunity to prepare a garden, plant seeds and harvest the crop to support the AuSable Valley Community Mental Health Youth and Family Services Department. The youth participants will also learn responsibility, food and nutrition, and physical activity.

Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant
The Collins 4-H Youth Horticulture Grant is funded by the William J. and Ruth D. Collins Endowment Fund to advance local 4-H club work in plant science and horticulture activities.

  • Oakland County’s Alcott Spring Time project received a $350 grant to plant and grow a large quantity of daffodils and tulips in the Alcott Elementary’s barren garden areas and courtyards. The 4-H Tech Wizards Program at the school will be able to develop relationships with their mentors and garner a better understanding of service to their community.

4-H On-Target Grants
Two On-Target county grants were funded by the Thomas H. Cobb Shooting Sports Fund to help enhance county 4-H shooting sports programs.

  • Archery Grows Here in Houghton/Keweenaw counties was granted one of the $500 grants to support the Copper Tips 4-H Archery Club which currently serves over 100 youth in the area. With the large amount of involved youth, the grant will expand and further develop the club providing new space and equipment for club activities that aim to increase coping, competencies and contributory life skills.
  • Also receiving an On-Target grant is Aiming for Archery in Schoolcraft County to develop an archery club geared to seven to 12 year olds. The club will allow youth to develop skills that help them succeed by actively engaging in their own development as archery is a very individual-based discipline.

4-H Participant Scholarship Grants
The Michigan 4-H Foundation also awarded $5,000 in 4-H Participant Scholarship Grants across 4-H programs in 18 counties: Calhoun, Cass, Cheboygan, Clinton, Crawford, Emmet, Gratiot, Iosco, Kalamazoo, Macomb, Mecosta, Monroe, Oakland, Roscommon, Saginaw, Shiawassee, St. Clair and Washtenaw counties. These grants provide scholarship support for youth who are unable to pay the 4-H youth participant fee per county. The 4-H Participant Scholarship Grant Program is made possible by gifts to the Michigan 4-H Foundation 4-H Participation Fee Scholarship Fund.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation mini-grant cycle re-opens April 1. Grant applications are due by June 1, 2018. Learn more about Michigan 4-H Foundation mini-grants.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that supports Michigan 4-H Youth Development. For more information about the Michigan 4-H Foundation, visit www.mi4hfdtn.org. Michigan 4-H Youth Development is the youth-serving program of Michigan State University Extension. To learn more about Michigan 4-H, visit www.4h.msue.msu.edu.

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.

Read about the 4-H grant and award recipients for the 2016-17 program year.