Our support touches every program throughout Massachusetts 4-H.
The Foundation funds the Massachusetts 4-H program through a variety of initiatives and special programs. In 2019, the Massachusetts 4-H Foundation gave over $280,000 to support 4-H programs across the state. Over the last five years, the Foundation has donated over $1.5 million to 4-H programming. Yearly funding is provided to the University of Massachusetts to fund the statewide programming, while other aid is given to specific 4-H endeavors. Individual clubs and local 4-H organizations may also apply for grant funds.
The Massachusetts 4-H Foundation Supports the Following Programs and Activities:
Club Kits: New clubs receive a kit with everything they need to get started.
4-H Club Grants: Direct support is provided to enrolled 4-H clubs in Massachusetts in the form of club/council grants of up to $500. Proposals from clubs/councils are reviewed and awarded four times per year.
Matching Grants: If a club organizes a fundraising activity or event to raise money to benefit their club or community, the Foundation matches the amount of money raised.
Publicity Grants: This is an incentive program available to any 4-H club that publicizes its activities in local newspapers. Clubs receive $50 for each newspaper entry.
Legislative Awareness Awards: Clubs receive grants for visiting with their legislators and submitting a photo of the visit to their local newspaper. Visit our grants section for forms.
Volunteer Support: 4-H relies heavily on volunteers to deliver programs and activities to the 4-H members that are served. Volunteer development and recognition is ongoing. Training sessions are held for specific areas of development and volunteers also attend classes offered by outside organizations.
Approximately 70% of 4-H members work on animal science projects. Financial support is provided by the Foundation for these projects.
Competitive horse events include: Horse Judging, Hippology, Horse Bowl, and Communications. The top four 4-H members in each category compete at the National 4-H Horse Round Up in Louisville, Kentucky.
Youth can attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference in Madison, WI, where leading dairy youth from across North America can meet one another and build industry bridges that will last well into the future.
Educational events sponsored for 4-H members and volunteers include: a dog camp, equine workshops and fitting and showmanship clinics.
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math: STEM
Explore UMass, Summer of Science – This academy is available on the University of Massachusetts-Amherst campus. Fifty 12-15 year olds meet throughout the week with professionals in a variety of applied fields as well as UMass faculty members and get a taste of what college life is like.
Urban STEM Programs
The Foundation has set aside funds for the development and ongoing support of 4-H programs and activities in urban areas.
There is currently a vibrant 4-H “STEAM” program in Holyoke and Springfield, serving approximately 400 underserved youth with stimulating, hands-on science activities. A similar program is being planned for Worcester.
STEM Ambassadors offers 3-4 day, themed STEM sessions to underserved youth in several locations throughout Massachusetts during the summer. College students deliver the programs to the youth.
Conferences and Teen Programs
The National 4-H Conference and the National 4-H Congress are offered in alternating years. These events provide teen 4-H members with opportunities to interact with other 4-Hers from across the country. The Foundation covers about 80% of the cost of these events for six to ten 4-H members each year.
4-H Ambassadors are trained to promote 4-H in their communities:
A group of Ambassadors also spends the day at the State House each year, visiting legislators.
Ambassadors are also hired to visit the five 4-H camps during the summer to share their experiences and promote 4-H to the campuses.
Visual Presentations: Over 1,000 4-H members develop their public speaking skills by creating and presenting a visual presentation as part of the 4-H communications program. The Foundation sponsors the annual state Visual Presentation Day held each spring.
Massachusetts 4-H Foundation
1671 Worcester Road
Framingham, MA 01701
P: 508-881-1244 [email protected]