Every year the AYHC supports leadership development at the regional level through the funding of grants. Since its inception, the AYHC grants program has helped supplement valuable youth and youth leader activities throughout the United States. AYHC offers one grant cycle per year. Applications for funding are due in October of the year prior to the prospective event.


Application Deadline
Applications must be received in the AYHC office no later than October 15 of the current year. AYHC only has one grant cycle each year so the grants submitted by October 15 should be for projects after October 15 of the application year.

About The American Youth Horse Council Grant Program

Among its many projects, the AYHC annually accepts and awards grant funding to quality youth leader and youth programs. The primary intent of AYHC’s grant program is to assist groups and help provide training to volunteer leaders, which will enrich the horse experiences of our youth. A secondary goal of this grant program is to provide assistance to high impact activities that promote or fulfill the mission of AYHC with direct service to youth that promotes the youth horse industry.

Criteria and Eligibility for Funds
Membership. All applicants must be AYHC members. You may submit membership at the time of application. The form is available in the link below.


Requirements. Funding proposals should include the following:

  • Evidence that the program is related to the development, promotion, and management of leader training events or that it reaches a wide-ranging youth audience in a meaningful way.

  • Demonstrate that the ultimate goal of the event is related to the education of youth by the development of adult/teen leadership skills for the enhancement of the horse industry.

  • Demonstrate support, collaboration, partnerships, and links with other entities. Priority will be given to projects that involve a minimum of two (2) organizations of dissimilar affiliation to participate as co-sponsors. Examples of co-sponsors meeting this requirement are 4-H and Pony Clubs, 4-H and FFA, Pony Club and breed associations, state horse councils, and horseman’s associations, or groups that use horses with kids.

Restrictions: The AYHC does not typically make grants for the following purposes, therefore requests to fund the following purposes are likely to be denied: Political campaigns or entities designed primarily for lobbying, religious activities, activities that jeopardize the AYHC’s tax-exempt status, indirect costs, construction projects, awards or purposes outside the funding priorities as listed above.