COARSEGOLD – The Coarsegold Rodeo Association (CRA) wants to let the community know about the availability of grant applications for — donation or funding — open to any local nonprofit youth group, or individual kid. The CRA calls the mini-grants “bump bids,” and young people don’t necessarily have to be affiliated with the rodeo to receive one.
“Every year we accept grant applications from any Eastern Madera County youth for their 4-H animals and FFA animals,” explains Jill Satterfield of the CRA.
“We will accept the grant applications for any reason a child may need the money.”
The delightfully simple grant application is currently posted on the organization’s website and must be received by Saturday, Aug. 15.
Questions on the application include “how did you hear about our donation process for Eastern Madera County youth?” and “have you or a family member contributed to the Coarsegold Rodeo in terms of service/volunteer duties?”
Additionally, applicants are asked to state the amount of money they are requesting, with the paperwork suggesting that typical grants range from $25 – $100.
“The amount each kid gets is determined by a couple factors,” Jill continues. “It depends on the amount of money we made that year and the amount of involvement the child has with the rodeo. We do give the kids that help out at the rodeo more money than the others, but every child that applies gets a grant. They just need to be a resident of Eastern Madera County.”
In the past, Jill says, they have concentrated on Ag kids, but now will give grants to “any child that applies for some type of educational basis.”
CRA also donates to other nonprofits if they have money left over after the kids are taken care of.
“Last year we were able to give money to Manna House, Valley Children’s, Ronald McDonald House, Toys For Tots and every school in Eastern Madera County,” Jill confirms. “This is why we work so hard every year to put this rodeo on.”
Last year, according to Jill, the Coarsegold Rodeo Association gave out a total of $5,048.90 in grants, the bulk of that to schools and charitable organizations.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact Pat Strimling at (559) 683-5149.