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Friends of Jay County Agriculture Grant

Grants to Jay County, Indiana Nonprofits for Programs
that Benefit the Local Agricultural Community

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Portland Foundation

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Jay County, Indiana nonprofit organizations for programs that enhance the local agricultural community. Funding is intended to provide special project support, seed money, capital funding, programming support, and assistance for operating expenses. Funding may be used for start-up costs for new agricultural developments, educational programs, higher educational opportunities, and to promote agriculture across the County.

The objective of the Foundation’s Friends of Jay County Agriculture is to energize and nourish endeavors that seek to enhance the agricultural community in Jay County, Indiana. Grant policies will be designed to conform to that overall objective. 

The purpose of the Friends of Jay County Agriculture Endowment is to provide annual funding solely for the benefit of the Jay County Agricultural Community. This might include, but would not be limited to, the following:

  1. Promoting Jay County Agriculture.
  2. Assisting in finding avenues of “seed money” for new Ag development.
  3. Continuing financial support of Jay County 4-H, Jay County High School FFA programs, and other educational efforts.
  4. Providing financial assistance for higher educational opportunities for those connected with Jay County Agriculture.
  5. Providing financial assistance to grantees so as to be flexible to the changing face of Jay County Agriculture for generations to come.

Some examples of possible projects are:

  • Developing a complete GPS system to make precision Ag farming available to all areas of Jay County.
  • Providing a scholarship for higher education opportunities such as The Executive Program for Agricultural Producers (TEPAP) at Texas A&M University.
  • Promoting the “good neighbor” philosophy between the Ag and non-ag sectors of our community.
  • Encouraging the “Thinking Green” philosophy in our county by striving to be a leader in the promotion of renewable and alternative fuels: wind, ethanol, biodiesel, methane gas, etc; developing a mentoring program for our young farm families; providing financial flexibility to meet the ever changing needs of our agricultural community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163790

Term of Contract:

The Foundation anticipates that grant funds shall be expended during the calendar year awarded.

In addition, the Foundation board is reluctant to approve grants to any organization for multi-year grant requests. (Please contact the Foundation office before submitting a multi-year grant request). However, exceptions to this may be made at the discretion of the Board.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation makes grants to tax-exempt (501)(c) organizations operating or proposing to operate programs for the benefit of Agriculture in Jay County.

The Foundation will not normally consider grants from unrestricted funds for the following purposes:

- Individuals other than scholarships (separate applications exist for the scholarship program)
- Organizations for religious or sectarian purposes
- Make-up of operating deficits, post-event or after-the-fact situations
- Endowment campaigns
- For any propaganda, political or otherwise, attempting to influence legislation or intervene in any political affairs or campaigns.

In addition, the Foundation board is reluctant to approve grants to any organization for the purpose of maintaining an on-going operating budget.

Pre-Application Information:

Completed applications must be received at the Foundation office by 5:00p.m. on November 15, 2019.

To facilitate the preparation of complete grant applications, applicants are encouraged to utilize Foundation staff assistance. It is better to call the Foundation with your questions than to submit inadequate or incorrect information. Executive Director Doug Inman and Program Officer Jessica Cook are available to answer any questions you may have regarding the grant process. Contact the Foundation office at the phone number or email address found in Contact Information below.

In addition, Foundation staff may contact you to arrange a conference to discuss the application, your organization, or your request. This may be in the form of a site visit, telephone conversation, or a meeting.

About Portland Foundation Grants:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the completed application to the Program Officer, Jessica Cook, at

For questions and assistance, contact the Foundation office at 260-726-4260 or tpf©

Doug Inman, Executive Director
Friends of Jay County Agriculture
The Portland Foundation
107 S Meridian Street
Portland, IN 47371
Phone: (260) 726-4260
Fax: (260) 726-4273

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USA: Indiana: Jay County

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