Matching Funds Grant Program

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The USTA will help fund your promotions program for the harness racing at your fair!

Started in 2006, the Matching Funds Grant Program awards money to county fairs and horsemen's associations to support a grassroots marketing initiatives at the fair level. Any advertising to promote the harness racing at your fair is eligible, including radio, newspaper, billboard, bus, gas station toppers, etc. as long as 75% of the ad is for harness racing.

The USTA also provides monetary assistance to purchase promotional items that are given away in the grandstands during your fair. Information about both programs (advertising and promotional items) are available in the MFG Application PDF below.

2024 MFG Application (PDF)

Applications are due by May 3, 2024.

Sample MFG Applications

Below are a some examples of a complete MFG Application to assist you in writing yours.
Visit the Racing Promotion Idea Center for more ideas.

MFG Final Report (PDF)

Final reports are due within 30 days of the last day of your fair.

Ineligible Expenses

The following is a list of ineligible expenses for the Matching Funds Grant:

  • Racing expenses (such as purses, licenses, insurance, racing officials, programs, blankets or other trophies given to race winners, etc.)
  • Track maintenance and capital improvements to barns and other buildings on the grounds
  • Personnel costs, including reimbursement for time, travel, lodging and meal expenses

Advertising Guidelines

In order for placemats or newspaper, TV or radio ads to be considered as marketing expense, 75% of the ad must reflect harness racing. With your application, you must include draft verbiage and/or a print mock-up. With your final report, you must include one of the following:

  • Written copy given to radio station
  • CD or DVD of what was run
  • Photos of billboard, bus ad, lawn sign, etc.
  • Newspaper/magazine clipping

Previous Winners

View our list of grant recipients since 2006.

 Upcoming Fairs

May 25 Washington County Fair (KY)
May 26 Keokuk County Fair (IA)
May 26 Martinsville Agricultural Fair (IL)
May 29 Greene County Fair (IL)
Jun 1 Humboldt County Fair (IA)
Jun 4 Macoupin County Fair (IL)
Jun 5, 8 Decatur-Macon County Fair (IL)
Jun 5, 6, 12, 13 Miami County (IN)
Jun 8 Ballard County Fair (KY)
Jun 8 Muscatine County Fair (IA )
Jun 10, 11 Paulding County Fair (OH)
Jun 12, 13 Wapello County Regional Fair (IA)
Jun 15, 16 Pickaway County Fair (OH)
Jun 18 Western Kentucky State Fair (KY)
Jun 19, 20 Croswell Agricultural Society (MI)
Jun 23, 24 Henry County Fair (IL)
Jun 23, 29, 30 Keokuk County Fair (IA)
Jun 24, 25 Jasper County Fair (IL)
Jun 25, 26 Big Butler Fair (PA)
Jun 26 Marion County Fair (KY)
Jun 26, 27 Putnam County Fair (OH)
Jun 27 Tuscola County Fair (MI)
Jul 2, 3 Marion County Fair (OH)