PA Fair Fund
Pursuant to the Pennsylvania Agricultural Fair Act of 1986, funds are made available to agricultural fairs, agricultural youth organizations and statewide organizations with an agricultural mission through the Pennsylvania Fair Fund.
Five distinct areas make up the PA Fair Fund including:
Agricultural Fair Operating and Premium Reimbursement - helps support PA's county and community fairs with annual operating and premium costs.
County 4-H Funds Reimbursement - helps support county 4-H organizations with annual expenses for activities that promote leadership development like public speaking, judging contests, scholarships, administration costs and more
County FFA Funds Reimbursement - helps support county FFA organizations with annual expenses for activities that promote leadership development like public speaking, judging contests, scholarships, administration costs and more.
State Agricultural Organization Funds Reimbursement - helps support organizations conducting annual events with an agricultural mission. The funds help reimburse organizations for expenses including administrative costs, utilities, and planning and preparation.
Capital Improvement Matching Grants - assists agricultural fairs with resources to build new and maintain existing physical structures on their fairgrounds. Fairs are eligible to receive grants up to $25,000.
The PA Fair Advisory Board meets annually to review grant applications and outline a payment plan contingent upon available funding.
This year, the PA Department of Agriculture is collecting Statewide Agricultural Organizations, 4-H, and FFA reimbursement applications online using the commonwealth's eGrants system. Click on this link to be directed to the application website: https://www.esa.dced.state.pa.us.
Click on the supplemental instructions for each program for additional information.
Grant Type / Deadline
Fair Capital Improvement / June 30 of every year
Fair Reimbursement / November 15 of every year
4-H Reimbursement / November 15 of every year
FFA Reimbursement / November 15 of every year
Statewide Organizations / November 15 of every year