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Grants to Kentucky Fair Boards for
Agricultural Fairs and Horse-Related Events

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Grants to Kentucky fair boards to promote local-level agricultural fairs throughout the state, as well as horse racing events and shows. Funding is intended to support agriculture-related shows, exhibits, and contests (including several categories of both livestock and crops), horse-racing events, and other horse shows. Grants are available for the Agricultural Premium Program; the Horse Events Premium Program; or the Harness Horse Racing Program.


  • Agricultural Premium Program: Assists fairs in paying premiums and awards on agricultural related exhibits, shows, and contests.¬†
  • Horse Events Premium Program:¬†Assists fairs in paying premiums and awards for any shows, contests, or other events that primarily involve horses (harness horse racing is not included, as it receives aid through a separate program).¬†
  • Harness Horse Racing Program: Assists fairs in paying purses for harness horse racing.

For additional information about the programs see the URL for Full Text, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 167624

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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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for grants of State Funds as provided in the Kentucky Revised Statutes 247.220, a local fair board must:
- Conduct an annual fair running for at least three consecutive days.
- Incorporate its Fair Board.
- Present an educational program concerning agriculture through the medium of youth organizations such as 4-H, FFA, FHA, etc.
- Provide for some divisions to be open divisions - open to both youth and adult exhibitors.

Fair Boards must have the following organizations represented in at least an advisory capacity on the Fair Board:
- Local Farm Bureau
- County Extension Service
- Vocational Agriculture (FFA)
- Local Livestock Association (if one exists)
- Local Horsemen's Association (if one exists)

-Fair Boards must publish an official fair catalog, which includes:
- A schedule of events planned as part of the fair.
- A listing of fair officials and their responsibilities.
- Local fair rules, regulations, and policies.
- The State's Livestock Health Requirements for Exhibition.
- A complete listing of all classes and events and the premiums offered in each.

Pre-Application Information:

The Request for State Aid Form is due by March 1.

Fair Boards must meet the requirements of the Division of Show and Fair Promotion for submitting certain reports:
- Request for State Aid Form by March 1.
- Open Dairy and Beef Show Information Form by May 1.
- Rough copy of catalog at least 45 days before the fair opens.
- Printed copy of catalog at least 30 days before the fair opens.
- Complete financial statement of the fair no later than December 1.

Grants made to local agricultural fairs through the program are calculated on a matching funds basis with each dollar of State funds being matched with funds from the local area.

The Agricultural Premium Program and the Horse Events Premium Program provide financial support on a matching basis.

No report can be accepted for payment after December 1. Reports received by the Division of Shows and Fairs after this date will require special action by the Kentucky Fair Council to be approved for payment. This will result in payment either being delayed or not approved for payment at all.

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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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