Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Grants to Kentucky fair boards to promote local-level agricultural fairs throughout the state, as well as horse racing events and shows. Funding may be requested in support of agricultural-related shows, exhibits, and contests (including several categories of both livestock and crops), horse-racing events, and other horse shows.
General Rules and Regulations The Kentucky State Aid to Local Agricultural Fairs Program came into being in 1962, created by an act of the General Assembly. The program is designed to promote local agricultural fairs through grants of State funds. The Commissioner of Agriculture has charge of the Aid to Fairs Program, and it is administered by the Department of Agriculture's Division of Shows and Fairs.
The Commissioner is advised on matters concerning administration of the program by the Kentucky Fair Council, a group composed of various government and agricultural leaders. The amount of any grant is based on the amount spent by the local fair board in the four qualifying areas listed below.
-Agricultural Premium Program
-Horse Events Premium Program
-Harness Horse Racing Program
Local agricultural fairs must meet various requirements of the Department of Agriculture in order to qualify for these grants of State funds.
Agricultural Premium Program:
The Agricultural Premium Program assists fairs in paying premiums and awards on agricultural related exhibits, shows, and contests. Fairs may receive grants for these approved classes.
-Livestock Shows. Any farm livestock, such as cattle, swine, sheep goats, etc., showmanship and fitting classes are also included.
-Livestock Performance Classes such as milk production for dairy cattle, average daily gain contests for market animals, etc.
-Halter Horses or Mules. Must be listed in the catalog and on the Financial Report as being halter classes.
-Crops (tobacco, hay, grain, seed, etc.).
-Garden Produce and Fruits.
-Poultry and Poultry Products.
-Bees and Honey.
-Farming-related Judging Contests (livestock, tobacco, seed identification, etc.).
-Foods (cooking, canning, preservation, etc.).
-Any class limited to exhibits produced in conjunction with an approved 4-H, FFA or FHA project. Must be clearly listed in the official fair catalog as part of the 4-H, FFA or FHA Division or Department.
The following classes became eligible for funding in 1998:
Horse Events Premium Program:
The Horse Events Premium Program assists fairs in paying premiums and awards for any shows, contests, or other events which primarily involve horses (harness horse racing is not included, as it receives aid through a separate program). Fairs may receive grants for approved horse events classes.
Approved local agricultural fairs are eligible for State Matching funds for payment of premiums and awards in the following classes:
A. Horse Shows (English, Western, Walking, 4-H, etc.) Note: This includes all horse show classes with the exception of horses which are shown at halter. Halter classes should be reported separately as "Livestock Classes".
B. Horse Racing.
C. Horse, Pony or Mule Pulling Contests.
Harness Horse Racing Program:
The Harness Horse Racing Program assists fairs in paying purses for harness horse racing.
GrantWatch ID#: 167624
Through the Agricultural Premium Program, fairs may receive up to $4,500 per year.
Through the Harness Horse Racing Program, fairs may receive up to $7,000 per year on a matching basis for harness racing, with a maximum of $750/race being matched by State funds.
Through the Horse Events Premium Program, fairs may receive up to $2,000 per year.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
The request form must be returned to:
Kentucky Department of Agriculture
Division of Show and Fair Promotion
111 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
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