County Farm Bureaus may apply for funding for up to four programs/activities for 2015-2016. Applications are available online and may be submitted throughout the program year through June 30, 2016.
The programs must fit in these categories: Member Strength, Member Engagement or Member Advocacy. Any county that submits an application in each of the three goal areas may submit a fourth application (no later than June 30, 2016) in any area for consideration for core funding. Every county has the potential to earn $1,540 each for up to four applications approved for core funding, for a maximum total per county of $6,160.
The application asks for the need and objectives of the activity, the program planning process and how the money will be used. Applications should be submitted 30 days prior to the event. Within 14 days of application receipt, it will be reviewed by a member of the Ohio Farm Bureau Leadership Engagement team and either accepted or rejected. If it is accepted, the county should receive funding within the next 21 days. If it is rejected, the county has 10 days to resubmit. As needed, comments will be provided with possible suggestions to make the activity better and/or why it was rejected.
Programs in Member Advocacy initiate engagement and action focused on priority issues that impact agriculture. These programs tend to fit with Public Policy Action Team goals. Member Strength programs maintain and grow the organization through membership, investments, and other financial means and tend to fit with Organization Action Team goals. Member Engagement programs encourage members to become more actively involved in the programs and other activities of Farm Bureau and tend to fit with Communication Action Team goals.
See the winning 2015 applications