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MDARD Announces Grant Opportunity for Fairs
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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced a new competitive grant opportunity for Michigan’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities.

Source: Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Contact: Heather Throne at 517-373-1085 or throneh@michigan.gov

MDARD Announces a Grant Opportunity for County Fairs


Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams today announced a new competitive grant opportunity for Michigan’s county fairs to make building and other capital improvements to their fairground facilities. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than Thursday, November 15, 2012.

“This grant program provides a unique opportunity for our state’s county fairs to enhance their fairground facilities and infrastructure,” said Clover Adams. “Michigan’s local county fairs play a vital role in our agricultural economy by helping to maintain a connection to rural communities and youth development.”

The grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000 and will require a dollar-for-dollar cash match from the county fair. This grant program provides additional access to funds for county fair officials to help make needed improvements to their fairground facilities; including but not limited to structural improvements or other renovations to buildings.

Only one grant proposal may be submitted per fair association. The submitted grants will go through a competitive grant process and be reviewed by an evaluation committee.

Eligible applicants include fairs that are incorporated under Act 80 of 1855 or county owned and operated fairs operating under Act 11 of 1929; and county fairs that have submitted all required year-end reports for the prior two years.

For detailed program information, application form, or submission criteria, please contact Cinda Karlik at karlikc@michigan.gov or 517-373-9760. Proposal should be sent to P.O. Box 30017, Lansing, MI 48909 and must be RECEIVED (not postmarked) by 5 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2012.