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Foundation

EDUCATION, RESEARCH, and COMMUNITY SUPPORT

The mission of the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation (MFBFo) is to support Montana agriculture through education, research, and community support, with a special emphasis for the development of our youth.

Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Centennial Community Initiative Grant Program

Introduction

Rural Montana is more than just our home.  It’s where many of us were born, grew up and raised a family of our own.  It’s where we helped build a community of hard working Montanans who care deeply about their responsibility to provide healthy food and quality products for Americans, and for others around the world.  Montana Farm Bureau Foundation envisions a future where agriculture is thriving in Montana, and where younger people are excited to come home and work on Montana’s farms and ranches.  Where the rural communities in which Montana’s ranch and farming families reside are healthy and vibrant.  

2019 will mark the 100th birthday for our parent organization, Montana Farm Bureau Federation. To celebrate our first 100 years and renew the betterment of the communities of Montana, the Foundation is offering qualified applicants the opportunity to apply for grant funding.  Montana Farm Bureau Foundation looks to increase rural prosperity and stimulate economic development by strengthening its roots and bettering small towns across Montana.  

Purpose

Our Foundation has committed a centennial investment total of $100,000 to offer the opportunity of grants to individuals or companies that will contribute to economic development in rural Montana.  The Montana Farm Bureau Foundation Board has not set a limit on individual grants.  However, it is our intention to fund multiple projects throughout rural Montana.  The Centennial Community Initiative is established to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs, support infrastructure improvements, increase support in community service, and provide a long lasting impact in Montana rural areas.   The following examples are projects that may be awarded a grant through the Centennial Community Initiative.

  • Creating a business plan that will allow a new rural business to attract start-up capital.
  • Provide matching grant money for large economic development projects.  
  • Purchase equipment needed for a new rural business.
  • Community improvement projects that attract new businesses or new residents.

Click Here to Download the Centennial Community Initiative Grant Application Packet.

Centennial Community Initiative Fundraising Campaign

How can you help?  If you agree with the Foundation Board and feel this is a worthy concept, you can help make it happen.  Our Foundation has created a new $1K Club to help with this initiative.  It would only take 100 members willing to donate $1,000 to reach our goal.  We can even break your donation into installments.

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If you wish to break up your $1K Club donation into installments, contact Foundation Coordinator, Scott Kulbeck, and he will follow up with billing information.

How does the MFB Foundation carry out its mission?  Assisting in Education: Whether it’s funding an adult agricultural education program or providing materials to urban students, we realize that our support is fundamental in providing future leaders with the knowledge and skills they need in order to be effective.  Encouraging Research: Recent improvements in technology have made agriculture both more efficient and more productive. In order to ensure and continue this current progression and to give Montana’s producers the most up-do-date information, we work closely with similarly-interested groups such as the College of Agriculture at MSU-Bozeman.  Supporting Montana’s Rural Communities: Agriculture reaches every corner of the state and is the main artery of rural Montana. In giving youth the opportunity for leadership and offering educational programs, we work to broaden the impact of Montana agriculture.

With continued support, the MFB Foundation is able to offer yearly programs in an effort to promote youth education in agriculture, including: the annual Youth Speech Contest, Mini Grants throughout the year, the Bernard Greufe Honorary Scholarship, the Young Farmer and Rancher (YF&R) Scholarship to the American Farm Bureau Federation national YF&R leadership conference in February. Many other programs and funding opportunities support groups such as Agriculture in Montana Schools, Montana 4-H, Montana FFA, REAL Montana and the Montana State University College of Agriculture.

MFBFo is a qualified charity under IRS tax code 501 (c) (3) making all donations tax deductible for our supporters.

For more information on ways you can “Invest in the Future of Agriculture” by supporting the Montana Farm Bureau Foundation, please call the state office at 1-800-823-2676 or email Scott Kulbeck at  scottk@mfbf.org.

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APPLICATION TITLE APPLICATION YEAR FILE TYPE
MFB Foundation Collegiate YF&R Scholarship 2019PDF
MFB Foundation Mini Grant Application 2018-2019PDF
MFBF Scholarship, sponsored by the Women's Leadership Committee 2019PDF
Bernard Greufe Honor Scholarship 2019PDF
Future of Agriculture Honor Scholarship - Now $1,5002019PDF
 Purchase equipment needed for a new rural business.