Development Grant

The need to support hands-on experiences and support and maintain the education of qualified equine workers within our state is great. By establishing a Development Grant we would be utilizing our referendum dollars in a high-impact manner. We will give some precedence to grants which provide an educational component. As we have become a less rural state, our students are coming to us with less “farm” or agricultural experience; it is critical that they be provided some hands-on learning opportunities.

The Development Grant category has been created to allow the NCHC to consider special one-time requests which would be for a larger dollar amount and address the infrastructure of the Equine Industry. This would include capital support of our existing public or new public equine show facilities, the Equine Educational Units at our Land Grant Institutions, or other major capital improvements which would benefit the equine industry as a whole.

There is no specific application package. To be considered for a Development Grant, the individual or representative of the Institution/Organization should notify the NCHC at cheryl@nchorsecouncil.com and request an appointment with the Special Review Committee. Prior to scheduling any appointment, the organization must provide a concept paper describing:

  1. The mission statement of the Organization, including organizational papers (501 c 3) or length of time the business has been in operation.
  2. A statement on how this request addresses the Equine Industry as a whole or fulfills an existing need within the Equine Industry.
  3. The proposed business plan including the area to be served, the numbers reached and the specific issue within the Equine Industry they will be addressing.
  4. An annual report or budget for the existing operation.
  5. A detailed budget for the dollars requested.

Note: Private facilities or organizations may be considered if an exceptional need to the overall equine industry can be identified.