Non-profit and public organizations interested in funding for the development of new programs or projects related to agriculture or youth are invited to apply for funding from the 2009 Dodge County Farm Technology Days committee.
The purposes of these grants are to provide funding for the development of new programs or projects or to enhance existing programs related to:
*creating community and consumer awareness of the importance and impact of agriculture;
*developing innovative educational agriculture experiences or projects;
*offering educational leadership skill building opportunities and support for youth, families and adults in Dodge County.
Members of the Dodge County Farm Technology Days Executive Committee will evaluate and determine the grant awards which will be given out annually for up to three years.
Preference will be given to projects that positively impact Dodge County's agriculture sector and leadership development; collaborative projects; projects that provide additional or matching resources. Special consideration will also be given to organizations based in Dodge County or whose membership is primarily from Dodge County.
The committee has developed a specific procedure and guideline for applying for these grants. Copies of the guidelines are available at the UW-Extension office, 127 E. Oak Street, Juneau. For more information contact Matt Hanson, UW-Extension, at 920-386-3790 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications will be accepted until Sept. 30.
The Dodge County Fair Association was the first beneficiary of profits from the Wisconsin Farm Technology Days event hosted by Dodge County in 2009.
The donation of $50,000 to the fair and the funding for the special grants comes from the $250,000 profit realized by the Dodge County Farm Technology Days show. The WFTD board also profited from the three-day event that has been termed very successful.
The Executive Committee also returned the $20,000 seed money to Dodge County, funds that helped get things rolling after the announcement was made that Dodge County would be hosting this large state show four years ago.
There are also plans to present some scholarships to youth who assisted with the event. Dave Frohling, Dodge County FTD chairman, said education was the emphasis of this large agricultural show and the goal of the committee in distributing the profits from the show is also to offer assistance to youth activities, education and agriculture promotion.