The Foundation offers a limited number of competitive camperships. To be eligible, a camper must be from Ashland, Massachusetts or be enrolled in the Massachusetts 4-H program on or before November 15 of the previous year and must attend one of the five 4-H camps located in Massachusetts.
4-H Publicity Incentive Program
4-H Clubs can receive $50 for each published, unique newspaper article that mentions their club name. There is a limit of three awards per club each year.
Clubs may also receive a publicity award for special publicized events, including Visual Presentation day, National Youth Science Day, and the Big E. Grants for publication of these events will not count towards a club's the three articles per year maximum.
4-H Club Matching Grant Program
The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation offers a matching grant program to 4-H Clubs that organize a fundraising activity or event to raise money for their club or community. We will match the amount of money a club raises corresponding to the number of club members. To qualify, a club must apply for the grant at least three weeks prior to the event and submit a request for funds within three weeks following the event. Each club is guaranteed only two matching grants for qualifying fundraisers. In the event of remaining funds at the end of the year, additional approved applications will be considered in the order of which they were received.
Click here to fill out the Step 1 Matching Grant Form (submit this form three weeks prior to your event)
Click here to fill out the Step 2 Matching Grant Form (submit this form within three weeks after your event)
4-H Club Grants
The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation is pleased to be able to provide direct support to enrolled 4-H clubs and Program Councils in Massachusetts in the form of club/council grants. These grants are available for special projects or needs that the group has which support the educational program and 4-H priorities. Grants are not meant to be used for member awards, travel expenses, tee shirts, etc.
These grants will be awarded quarterly. Applications will be reviewed on March 31, June 30, September 30 and December 31.
Legislative Awareness Awards
The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation offers a grant to any 4-H club that educates and informs their legislator about the 4-H program. It is important that our legislators understand that 4-H is alive and well and that it makes a positive difference in the lives of young people in our Commonwealth. If members of your club meet with or host a state or federal senator/representative your club can receive $50 for a photo of your club with the legislator or $100 for a photo published in the newspaper.
Kent Lage Leadership Award
Two scholarships are awarded annually to 4-H members or alumni who have demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. The award was made possible by Chalesbank Capital Partners and is in memory of Kent A. Lage, a life-long supporter of 4-H and Chairman of the Foundation's Board from 2011-2016. Applications are due March 15th.
4-H Club Starter Kit for New Clubs
All new 4-H Clubs may receive a "4-H Club Starter Kit" from the Mass. 4-H Foundation. The kit is advertised in the National 4-H Supply Catalog and is valued at over $50. Clubs must contact their regional 4-H office for club registration materials and to receive the starter kit.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Gardening Grant
The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Gardening Grants have all been allocated for 2015. The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation was proud to provide this grant opportunity that partnered Harvard Pilgrim Health Care with youth in the UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development Program.