The Montana Children’s Trust Fund (CTF) is offering up to six mini-grants of up to $500 to Montana FCCLA chapters to host a “Brain Builder resource fair” in their community. Recipients of the mini-grant agree to plan and carry out a family-fun resource fair to improve understanding of child development and increase access of preventative health resources to families in their community. Montana CTF created the Brain Builder resource fair concept with FCCLA members in mind and sees offering these mini-grants as a tremendous opportunity to serve Montana’s children and their families in a fun and meaningful way. CTF’s primary mission is to strengthen Montana’s families, and deeply values FCCLA’s aligned purposes.
Chapters are encouraged to explore and utilize the Brain Builder resource fair toolkit created by the Children’s Trust Fund to help execute their resource fair.
Grant Funding Sources:
All mini-grants of up to $500 are funded by the Montana Children’s Trust Fund (CTF). Once awarded, the chapter will receive the amount via check; no receipts will need to be submitted in return to CTF. Up to six mini-grants of up to $500 will be awarded this year. CTF hopes to continue partnering with FCCLA in future years.
Funding for Brain Builder resource fair mini-grants comes from private donations to CTF. For more information about CTF, visit ChildrensTrust.mt.gov.
Affiliated Montana FCCLA Chapters who receive a grant agree to
- Plan, execute, and evaluate a family-fun resource fair integrating education on early child development within the required time frame;
- Follow mini-grant funding requirements detailed in the mini-grant application;
- Use the Montana Children’s Trust Fund and MT FCCLA logos on materials;
- Mention CTF as the funding source in press releases;
- Promote the resource fair using social media and tag CTF in Facebook posts;
- Submit a final report with pictures and evaluation data (see toolkit)
- Mini-grant applications will be accepted online until November 15, 2019. If funding remains after the November 15 deadline, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until January 15, 2020.
- Projects must be completed before May 30, 2020.
- Reports are due 30 days after a funded resource fair is held (report form can be found in the toolkit)
- Submit the mini-grant application and budget (use the template provided) online.
- Applications will be evaluated by CTF and MT FCCLA representatives.
- Chapter advisors will be emailed within 24 hours of the grant application being submitted. Contact Whitney Whittecar (email@example.com) with grant submission questions.
- Proofread the grant before submitting. Be sure the chapter adviser has read it.
- Consider your overall objective and then consider the budget. Include researched/appropriate costs efforts and check your prices before submitting.
- Utilize the advisor mentor program for assistance with grant writing.
- Consider partnering with other chapters for this project.
- Plan to take photos of the project, including booths and signage, to include with the report.
- Consider creating a leadership project around your resource fair, share its success with community members, and compete in FCCLA STAR events.
- Host your resource fair around a holiday, eg. Holiday Bazaar, Halloween Fun Fest, or an Easter Egg Hunt, for a built-in theme and added family fun
- Consider having a reading nook with free books at your fair. Affordable books can be ordered from firstbook.org
- Reach out to CTF with any questions
- Melissa Lavinder, Montana Children’s Trust Fund Grants Manager, (406) 444- 3002, firstname.lastname@example.org