4-H Participant Scholarship

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4-H Participant Scholarship Grants

Deadline to apply: Feb. 15, 2020

The Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees has approved the distribution of competitive grant funds to encourage 4-H participation opportunities in local communities. These grants are designed to support the cost of 4-H participation for youth populations in need.

We are pleased to be able to offer 4-H Participant Scholarship grant opportunities for the 2019-20 4-H program year, which is due for payment on November 1, 2020. The total funding available for the current 4-H program year is $5,000. Staff can apply for grants of between $100 minimum (5 youth) and $1,000 maximum (50 youth) to cover the $20 4-H youth participation fee for county 4-H members who are not able to pay the fee and have requested a scholarship through the county 4-H office.


Application Guidelines

The opportunity to participate in 4-H is open to all youth ages 5-19 for only $20 per year. Despite the low-cost, this expense can be a financial burden for some families.

The 4-H Participant Scholarship Program is a non-renewable grant opportunity designed to provide 4-H participant scholarship support to individuals and families.  Staff that receive scholarship requests from current 4-H members or new youth members/families can apply for this grant through an application process.

All counties are expected to explore local opportunities for supporting their ongoing youth 4-H participation fees prior to applying for a grant from the Michigan 4-H Foundation.

Examples may include fundraising opportunities at both the 4-H club and councils, solicitations to local businesses and key stakeholders.

The 4-H Participant Scholarship Grant Program is made possible by the generous support of donors to the Michigan 4-H Foundation 4-H Participation Fee Scholarship Fund and through MSU’s Give Green Day.

Restrictions and Reminders

Michigan 4-H Foundation Civil Rights Compliance Statement for Grant Recipients

The Michigan 4-H Foundation, a public 501(c)(3) corporation, is organized to support Michigan State University Extension 4-H Youth  Development programs, and as such, requires that all foundation grantees submit a signed statement of non-discrimination before receiving Michigan 4-H Foundation grant funds and/or using the services and/or collaborating with the foundation to deliver 4-H supported programs.

Grant Application Deadline

All counties wishing to apply for 4-H Participation Fee Scholarship grants must submit a completed application to the Michigan 4-H Foundation no later than February 15, 2020.

This application will be for scholarships to cover participation fees for youth who were enrolled in the county 4-H program during the 2019-20 4-H program year (September 1, 2019 – August 31, 2020).

Michigan 4-H Foundation Participant Scholarship Grant FAQs:

Who can apply for a Michigan 4-H Foundation participation fee grant?

Michigan State University Extension staff with 4-H program responsibilities.

What can the money be used for?

The 4-H Participant Scholarship Grant funds may only be used to support Michigan 4-H youth that have requested scholarships to cover their annual participation fee. Once awarded, grant checks will be cut by the Michigan 4-H Foundation and distributed to the State 4-H Office for deposit into county 4-H participation fee accounts for use in payment of their county’s annual youth participation fees.

How can we apply for a Michigan 4-H Foundation Grant?

Complete the application and return it to the Michigan 4‑H Foundation by February 15, 2020. Please note that to be eligible for review, all applications must be signed by the county 4‑H program coordinator and the MSU Extension supervising educator.

 How are 4-H participation fee scholarship grant applications reviewed and selected?

Grants are reviewed by the state 4-H leader. Grants are reviewed based on a standardized criteria review sheet and awards are made to the applications with the highest total points. The three primary criteria are:

  • Efforts to generate local scholarship pools at the club and county levels.
  • Area of greatest need such as first-generation audiences and new or innovative programs.
  • Availability of grant funds.
When will we be notified that we will receive a grant?

If you are chosen to receive this grant, you will be notified by March 15, 2020. At that time, you will also receive a grant report form to complete regarding how youth in your community benefited from this scholarship support. Some grantees may be asked to present the results of their program to the Michigan 4‑H Foundation Board of Trustees.

Expectations of grantees:
  • Complete grant acceptance form and civil rights compliance form due Apr. 15
  • Complete a grant report form.

For more information, contact:
Michigan 4-H Foundation
Phone:(517) 353-6692
E-mail: info@mi4hfdtn.org