Foundation re-opens mini-grants and awards for applications

Michigan 4-H Foundation horizontal logo
Michigan 4-H Foundation horizontal logo

Annually the Michigan 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees approves grants to support Michigan 4-H program across the state. Typically, the foundation’s grant application period is from April 1 to June 1 of each year. Several grant applications were received and awarded monies for the 2021-22 4-H program year. However, funds are still available for this program year.

The Michigan 4-H Foundation has re-opened the grant application period from Aug. 9 to Sept. 9, 2021 for the following grant opportunities:

  1. Statewide 4-H Learning Experience Sponsorships
    If you have upcoming statewide programs between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022, you may now apply for funding from the Michigan 4-H Foundation to help offset your expenses for statewide 4-H learning experiences (formerly the 4-H volunteer and teen training and workshop fund).
  2. Michigan 4-H Legacy Grants2 grants available for $1,000 each
    Supports development of a new program or initiative or to strengthen, enhance or expand a current program that is making a difference. Funded by the Michigan 4-H Legacy Fund Endowment.

  3. 4-H On-Target Grants 1 grant available for $500
    Supports 4-H Shooting Sports programs to enhance existing programs, develop a new program or offer a special experience related to 4-H Shooting Sports. Funded with support from the Thomas H. Cobb 4-H Shooting Sports Endowment Fund.

  4. 4-H Educational Garden Grants1 grant available for $1,000
    Supports the creation of local 4-H educational gardens in Michigan. Funded by the Albert A. Albright Endowment for support of 4-H Plant Science and Gardening Education.
  5. Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Award – 3 awards available for $1,000 each
    This award recognizes the outstanding agricultural 4-H volunteers that have exhibited excellence in 4-H youth education and leadership development in the areas of 4-H beef cattle; dairy cattle; goats; horses; horticulture, crops and soils; poultry; rabbits; sheep; swine; and veterinary science. Honorees designate a $1,000 grant to a 4-H agricultural program of their choice and are recognized by both Michigan 4-H and by Michigan Farm Bureau. Funded by the Michigan Farm Bureau 4-H Excellence in Agriculture Endowment Fund.

This application process is to use funds at the Michigan 4-H Foundation that must be spent before June 30, 2022. Please apply online for these mini-grants by 11:59 p.m. on Sept. 9, 2021.