LANSING — For the past several years, MFB’s County Farm Bureau Program Fund has helped fund county and multi-county programs based on great ideas, ambition and planning.
Last week MFB President Carl Bednarski informed counties of the second round of grants for the 2017-18 membership year. Up to $75,000 is available this spring round with an application deadline of May 11.
In the first round, 30 counties and five multi-county programs received almost $100,200 altogether, with the 10 most outstanding applications receiving full funding.
“The MFB Board of Directors hope all county Farm Bureaus will take this opportunity to apply for a grant to build strong, local programs for your members,” Bednarski said.
Applications are scored by a grant review committee. The first 70 points are based on the county Farm Bureau’s 2016-17 liquidity; involvement data; and administrative and dues assessments.
Spring-round grants are for activities planned for July through Dec. 31, 2018.
Each county can submit one application per cycle. Additional grant applications can be submitted for programs to be conducted jointly by multiple county Farm Bureaus, but no two applications may pertain to the same project.
Fund recipients will be announced in June. Half of the amount requested will be disbursed at that time, the remainder after the activity has occurred and a report on its outcome is submitted.
Information about the County Program Fund—and the application form—are available on MFB’s website. Include as much detailed information as possible about your project or program, and how you plan to measure your goals.