The Montana 4-H Foundation supports 4-H initiatives that focus on healthy living, citizenship, leadership, science, engineering and technology. The mission of the Montana 4-H Foundation is to “help 4-H youth by raising private funds, managing financial resources and partnering with the MSU Extension Service to fund educational opportunities for Montana 4-H youth, volunteer leaders and staff.”

Montana 4-H grants provide opportunities for youth and adults to strengthen their skills and maximize their positive impacts on the communities in which they live.

Submit completed applications to:
Montana 4-H Foundation
111 Taylor Hall . PO Box 173580
Bozeman, MT 59717

Application Deadlines April 1 and November 1

Grant Purpose

Staff Development Grants provide financial support to MSU Extension staff seeking professional development opportunities.


Montana State University Extension agent or support staff wanting to attend a particular educational conference, training session, event, or program.

Grant Criteria:

  1. Program or event must provide beneficial programming ideas that can be incorporated into the participant’s 4-H program.
  2. Regional Department Heads of Extension must support participation in the event.
  3. Program and evaluation must be completed within one year from submission deadline.

Application Process:

  • Submit an outline of the program or event the participant wishes to attend which includes: A description of the program, a summary of costs and other sources of funding, personal gain by participating in the program/event, and expected impacts on your 4-H program. Application cannot exceed two typewritten pages.
  •  Submit a letter of support for requesting funds from your State Extension supervisor.
  •  Agreement to return funds if planning process to implement program has not begun within eleven months from submission date. After the program, submit evaluation of the program and how it has or will benefit your community.

February 1 Applications Due

Grant Purpose

These grants provide incentives and financial support to groups and individuals for programs that enhance the quality of living for people in their communities.

Each application is eligible for up to $500.


4-H Groups and individual members may apply. Grants are also open to non-4-H youth groups and individuals. Applications should meet the following criteria:

  • Youth should be involved in determining, planning, conducting, and evaluating the project.

  • Project will make it possible for people to accomplish something educational and worthwhile that helps them reach a higher quality of life.
  • There is community support and acceptance of the project, as evidenced by “partners” listed in the grant application, additional funding sources, and resource persons and agencies involved.
  • The project has lasting benefits.

See Grant Application for more details.

Application Process

Submit a completed People Partners grant application available to download below postmarked by February 1st deadline. However, applications submitted by January 10th will be reviewed and returned with suggestions for improvement to the application in order to resubmit.

If grant funds are not used for program purpose group agrees to return them by December 31st of the grant year. Groups are also required to submit the evaluation form by September 1st of the grant year.

2016 Grant Recipients

Application Deadlines April 1 and November 1

Grant Information

This grant opportunity provides financial support to new programs with innovative efforts and specific outcomes that can be duplicated from one county to another. There are $2,500 total grant dollars available.


Any Montana county 4-H youth program. A joint application between several counties is acceptable.

Grant criteria:

  • Innovative youth or adult volunteer leader educational programs. Program efforts that are currently conducted are not eligible.
  • Programs currently being conducted in other states qualify.
  • Project must have potential to be replicated in other Montana counties.
  • Project can reach existing or new audiences.
  • Application team and teaching team (can be different) must include an Extension staff person, an adult volunteer, and a teen volunteer.
  • Project and evaluation must be completed within one year of submission deadline.

Application Process

Submit an outline of the project including:

  1. Target audience; educational objectives; resources - available and to be developed; source of curriculum; and outline of curriculum.
  2. Program time line, including start, end and length of components.
  3. Evaluation procedure to determine if educational objectives have been met. Application cannot exceed five typewritten pages.

Also required:

  1. Names of team members submitting the application.
  2. Name of group to which funds are to be awarded.
  3. Agreement to return funds if planning process to implement program has not begun within eleven months of submission deadline.
  4. Submit letter of evaluation when project is completed.

Other Grant Opportunities

Below are links to some grant opportunities that Montana 4-H'ers might be interested in.  The Montana 4-H Foundation does not sponsor these grants, but is happy to provide this information.

Montana Farmers Union Grant
Global Youth Service Day mini grants
Youth Services America
MFBF Mini Grants

The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation has established a program to provide grants of up to $200.00 for use in educational forums or activities promoting agriculture.

Proposals will be judged on the project’s ability to address the following:

  • Enhances participants’ knowledge of agriculture and/or its contributions as an industry.
  • Analyzes current agriculture issues/problems.
  • Strengthens critical thinking and problem solving skills.
  • Scope of audience reached.

Mini-Grant applications can be downloaded at