Ag and Youth Grant Program
The Pennsylvania Ag & Youth Grant Program provides direct and matching grants to help fund eligible projects, programs and equipment purchases conducted or made by organizations composed mainly of youth and organized to promote development in agriculture, community leadership, vocational training, and peer fellowship.
The program aims to address the looming 75,000 workforce deficit the industry is expected to face in the next decade.
Eligible projects include one or more of the following:
- Education or workforce development seminars or field trips;
- Agricultural safety training programs;
- Capital projects or equipment purchases.
Agriculture and youth organizations are defined as any organization composed mainly of youth and organized to promote development in the areas of agriculture, leadership, vocational training, and fellowship. It includes, but is not limited to, Pennsylvania FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom, Career and Community Leaders of America, and vocational education programs.
$500,000 is available for grants for two different grant types that can be awarded under the program:
- Direct, non-matching reimbursement grants of up to $7,500 to defray costs of an eligible project, other than a capital project; and,
- Matching reimbursement grants of up to $25,000 to defray the costs of an eligible capital project or equipment purchase, where the grant covers no more than 50% of the project cost.