Friday, March 23, 2012

Indiana Family of Farmers to Offer Grants for Ag Education and Youth Leadership

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 23, 2012)—Indiana’s Family of Farmers (IFOF) will continue to offer grants for local communities, and new this year – a category for youth organizations that want to do more to promote agriculture in Indiana.

This is the second year grants of up to $2,000 will be made available to improve educational agriculture-related events around Indiana. The funds, made possible through the IFOF Ag Resource Committee, may be used by local event organizers to fund educational or outreach events focused on food and fiber. This can include Ag Days, Community Agriculture Days, County Fairs and school events to name a few. Grant applicants may also request monies to make capital improvements (like buying demonstration equipment) or safety upgrades (such as purchasing hand-washing stations).

Something new to the grant program this year:  A portion of the funds have been set aside specifically to fund projects executed by youth organizations such as FFA chapters, 4-H clubs, collegiate groups, youth commodity organizations, etc. This category emphasizes youth leadership in the program (not necessarily a program targeted at youth or children).

“Local educational events are a great way to help Hoosiers learn more about all the aspects of agriculture in Indiana,” said Denise Derrer, Public Information Director for the Indiana State Board of Animal Health and IFOF Ag Resource Committee Chairman. “Indiana’s Family of Farmers is excited to continue this grant program to help make both new and existing programs even better.”

The deadline to apply for the grant is May 15, 2012. Applications and detailed guidance may be found online

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