The U.S. Ayrshire Breeders' Foundation is now accepting applications for its first grant award of $500. The successful candidate may use the funds for:
- Ayrshire breed advancement through genetic and promotion projects;
- Ayrshire breed development through program development and youth education; and/or
- Ayrshire international development.
"This is an exciting time us," explains Foundation Chairman Bruce Nelson of Tony, WI. "It's nice to see our goals coming to fruition. After many years of talk that the Ayrshire breed needed a Foundation, we are making it happen. This initial grant process is showing that our newly-formed U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation is active and working towards a future filled with bigger and better things for the Ayrshire breed. From meager starts, great things can grow."
The U.S. Ayrshire Breeders Foundation Committee will accept proposals through May 15th for consideration. The criteria by which submissions will be evaluated are: (a) merit (e.g., potential to advance practical knowledge, creative approach to the problem), (b) competence (e.g., high probability of successful completion within the proposed time frame), and (c) relevance (e.g., problem derived from one of the areas of research priority).
Submission requirements and applications are available from the Ayrshire Breeders' Association or online at http://www.usayrshire.com/news.html.