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.