A quick reminder to AFTCA member field trial club officials that the deadline for 20th Century Fund Applications is May 1. To learn about the 20th Century Fund eligibility, visit…
The Amateur Field Trial Clubs of America (AFTCA) is an organization made up of individuals and clubs that volunteer, organize, compete, participate, and promote not only in our sport, but the complex relationships with owning and caring for animals and protecting, through conservation efforts, a healthy upland game population.
The Field Trial Sportsmen’s Association grounds near Grovespring, Missouri are well known to all mid-western field trialers given the number of important trials — open, amateur, shooting dog and all-age — held on that venue throughout the season.
Southern Illinois Bird Hunters Association used 20th Century Fund monies awarded in 2018 to remove Autumn Olive trees from an area that spans approximately a half mile connecting two crop fields, part of the grounds utilized in field trials held on a portion of the 20,000 acre Pyramid State Park near Cutler, Illinois.
Most field trialers, particularly those in the mid south section of the country that comprises AFTCA Region 6 will remember the sad evening of April 26, 2014 when a large tornado cut a wide swath through central Arkansas causing tremendous damage to the grounds, kennels and other structures of the approx 2,700 acre Camp Robinson field trial venue in Mayflower.
The following AFTCA Clubs were awarded 20th Century Fund monies in 2018:
Georgia FTC – $1,000
Ames Amateur FTC – $1,000
Cedar Valley FTC – $500
Moran FTC – $1,000
West Texas FTC – $500
Virginia Amateur FTA – $1,000
This past year, 20 applicants were awarded grant money in the amount of $20,750.00. Grants were as follows:
• Georgia Field Trial Club: $1,000
• Ames Amateur Field Trial Club: $1,000
• Cedar Valley Field Trial Club: $500
• Moran Field Trial Club: $1,000
• West Texas Field Trial Club: $500
20th Century funding has been a tremendous asset to field trial clubs all across the country. Following is a short description of benefits the West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area and clubs using the area have received.
Since 2007 the area has used 20th Century funding to improve habitat in several ways. Use of heavy equipment was one of the first ways funding was used in cooperation with the area management team.
Thanks to AFTCA members who have already sent in short stories and photos describing how their clubs have used money awarded by the 20th Century Fund for improvements to their field trial grounds. We’ll post more stories over the summer. If your club has received money from the 20th Century Fund, please share your success story.
The 20th Century Fund is a division of the AFTCA that, on a yearly basis, distributes funding to member clubs utilizing grounds and facilities throughout the United States.
This funding is generally in the amount of $18,000 – $20,000 total. In the past 12 years, over $228,000 has been awarded to enhance field trials and bird populations.