grants + endowments


Endowments are funds that are restricted to specific purposes and are spent in such a way that the principal investment remains intact. Essentially, endowments support their designated purposes in perpetuity.

Working with the Purdue Research Foundation, the Indiana 4-H Foundation can help you or your organization establish an endowment to support the Indiana 4-H Foundation or the Indiana 4-H program of your choice. In addition to securing the financial future of a program, endowments that support specific programs free up the Foundation staff to focus on raising funds for other in-need programs in order to expand the reach and influence of Indiana 4-H.

If you would like to learn more about establishing an endowment to provide ongoing funding for a particular program or award, contact the Foundation’s Executive Director.

Current Endowments

  • Richard Eugene Ladd 4-H Scholarship – Supports 4-H scholarships in Grant County
  • Wayne and Barbara Jennings 4-H Scholarship Fund – Supports Hendricks County Scholarships
  • Paulette LeCount-Dowden Fashion Revue/Sewing Accomplishment Scholarship – Supports the annual Sewing/Fashion Revue Accomplishment Scholarship
  • 4-H Electric Fund – Supports the 4-H Electric Project
  • Alice Gentry Memorial Endowment – Supports Hamilton County Scholarships in memory of Alice Gentry
  • Cline Endowment – Supports 4-H Junior Leader Programs
  • Crooks Endowment – Supports Extension Staff Education Grants
  • Doc Abel Endowment – Supports Citizenship and Leadership Training in honor of Dr. Robert Abel
  • Harter 4-H Scholarship – Supports Wayne County Scholarships
  • Indiana Retired Extension Staff Endowment – Supports Leader Training
  • International Program Endowment – Supports International 4-H Experiences
  • Lancaster 4-H Horsemanship/Camp Scholarship – Supports Horsemanship Camp Scholarships
  • Legacy Fund/Pauline Beck Family Endowment – Supports Hamilton County Scholarships and Awards
  • McKinzie Endowment – Supports the General Fund and Indiana 4-H Congress
  • Staff Research Endowment – Supports 4-H Staff Research Grants
  • State Fair Sale of Champions Fund – Supports Livestock Curriculum and Equipment


One method that we rely on to fund Indiana 4-H programming is grant funding. Grants can fortify current programs and even allow the funding for new and innovative programs. Listed below are some of our most recent grants. We’re grateful for the confidence of the granting institutions in the Foundation and Indiana 4-H to responsibly administer and use funds and take our responsibilities as grantees very seriously.

ADM Cares, $8,500 4-H Robotics, 2014

The Robotics subject area in the Indiana 4-H Youth Development Program is designed to introduce youth ages 9-18 to beginning, intermediate and advanced skills in robotics concepts. Youth develop decision making and critical thinking skills and implement an understanding of the scientific and engineering design processes as they build real and virtual robots. As they work with 4-H adult volunteers (who serve as role models) they advance through the program and move from exploring robotic arms by studying pneumatics, arm designs and three-dimensional space to the more complex aspects of engineering design including sensors, analog and digital systems, electronic components, circuitry, programming and instructions for robotic computer control.

Teens Teaching Youth AgriScience/Biotechnology, $30,000, 2013

Indiana teens in 4-H went through initial training and then helped train other youth from across Indiana counties in AgriScience and Biotechnology projects. Those 4-H youth went back to their counties and led biotechnology programs for upper-elementary and younger middle-school students, many of whom have never taken part in 4-H.

Farm Credit Mid-America Community Service Grant $10,000, 2013

Farm Credit Mid-America challenged 4-H youth in Indiana to put $10,000 to work. Working with adult volunteers and leaders 4-H Clubs developed community service projects. Youth then created a proposal for $750. Each project’s Farm Credit allocation was matched by the youth with an equal or greater value of cash, products or services.

426 4-H members participated in the Farm Credit Community Service program, along with 57 Adult 4-H Volunteers, over 1,051 other community members, and 28 Farm Credit Mid-America employees did $24,150 in community service projects.


Thirteen 4-H Club projects were funded. From planting trees to pouring concrete –youth put the Farm Credit funding to work.

Dow AgroSciences State 4-H Science Coordinator $60,ooo 2013, $60,000 2014

To create a new statewide initiative that would engage companies in science, engineering and technology to work with 4-H members in a way that will offer a fun and engaging avenue to explore and deepen their knowledge of and interest in 4-H science fields and careers.


Lilly Endowment Grant | Fall 2010 | $208,000 over 2 years

The generous Lilly Endowment Grant will be used to support new science, engineering, and technology educational initiatives across the state. The Indiana 4-H science initiatives and programs are a response to a growing demand for skilled workers in science fields and are part of the 4-H Science Mission Mandate. You can learn more about the grant and the science programs it will support in an article in our latest newsletter. Learn more about the Lilly Endowment here.


Pioneer Community Investment Giving Grant | Spring 2011 | $20,000

This Pioneer Community Investment-funded grant will be put to use to distribute Indiana Science mini grants across the state. The mini grants will fund the establishment of new 4-H clubs that will place special emphasis on involving female and minority youth and engaging a diverse population of volunteers in Indiana 4-H science programming. Visit Pioneer on the web and learn about their Community Investment program here.


Wal-Mart Foundation Grant | Spring 2011 | $96,000

A new Indiana 4-H program, “Feeding Tomorrow’s Future Today,” is being made possible by the latest grant we’ve received from the Wal-Mart Foundation. The new program is designed to fill the weekend food gap for public school students enrolled in free and reduced lunch programs while educating teens about food insecurity in their communities, the cost of food, and how to follow a budget. The program will be piloted in the upcoming academic year with 4-H Junior Leaders in Blackford, Elkhart, Wells, and Vanderburgh counties. Working with social workers, counselors and teachers, these teens will be part of a solution to real problems in their own backyards. Learn more about Wal-Mart’s commitment to community giving here.

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