Q & A With Microgrant Recipient Carter


Meet K4C microgrant recipient Carter (17) from Wisconsin. He & his chapter of Future Farmers of America grow and donate fresh garden produce to four area food banks which serve over 1200 families. 

  1. What inspired you to start this project? The main inspiration was the rising number of students who are on free and reduced lunches in the four school districts. The percentages range from 35.8% to 50.7% and they are rising. Additionally, two of the communities we assisted have a greater need due to summer demands with migrant workers employed by area canning factories.
  2. Other than you, how many student volunteers participated in your service project?  48
  3. Other than you, how many adult volunteers participated in your service project?  7
  4. How many hours did you spend on your project?  31
  5. How many hours did other volunteers spend on your project? 171
  6. How many individuals were affected by your project?  1500
  7. During the time period between when you applied for a K4C microgrant & when you completed the project, what surprised you?  The costs involved were much higher than I anticipated. In addition to this grant, I had applied for two others and was successful. That money, the K4C grant, and $1300 from our FFA was needed but our FFA members really support this effort.
  8. Overall what did you learn from this experience? I learned a great deal about budgeting for a project, working with adults in four food banks, applying for grants, and working with fellow FFA members toward a common goal that benefits families. There is great satisfaction in team success when so many people are helped.
  9. How will your project continue having an impact in the future? This project has become a permanent part of our chapter Program of Activities each year. As President this year, I am sharing my grant applications with younger officers so they might seek funds and/or sponsors to continue this project. We have the land laboratory, the willing workers, and the skills to continue to expand this project each year.
  10. How was the K4C microgrant helpful in the completion of your project?  This K4C grant paid 11.43% of all expenses and was instrumental in the success of the project. Getting the K4C grant awarded for this project was also a springboard for me in applying for two more grants as I gained confidence in my abilities to research and put together the other grants.