4-H Youth Development
4-H Program Expansion Grant

Growing Kansas Leaders: 4-H Program Expansion Pilot

Request for Applications, 2014-2015

The Opportunity

The Kansas 4-H program is making a difference in the lives of young people all across Kansas.  Increasingly, partnerships are needed to reach new audiences, engage more volunteers in 4-H and marshal the resources needed to significantly grow the 4-H program in Kansas. To recruit and retain more 4-H youth, the program must be of high quality, meet the needs of contemporary families and appeal to a new cadre of volunteers willing to share their time and interests but who may be unfamiliar with how to connect with 4-H. The Kansas 4-H Foundation, the Department of 4-H Youth Development, KSRE are pleased to announce a Program Expansion grant for 2014 - 2015 that will partner with 5 local units (district or county) to develop and pilot a strategy that will recruit volunteers and increase 4-H membership over the next 3 years. The broad goals of the project include developing a “business plan” that will advance the goals of recruiting more volunteers and increase 4-H membership over the next 3 years, with a particular focus on reaching new and underserved audiences.

Reaching 1st Generation 4-H Families
Request for Applications, 2014 – 2015
The Department of 4-H Youth Development and Kansas 4-H Foundation are pleased to announce the Reaching 1st Generation 4-H Families grant for 2014 – 2015. The purpose of this project is to engage Hispanic youth and their families, in southwest Kansas, in safe and active learning experiences that are grounded in positive youth development.  Those units with significant qualifications “primarily in southwest Kansas” are encouraged to apply.
The primary goal of the project is to expand local programs in which undeserved youth fully participate in 4-H and engage in relevant and age appropriate programming in science, health and leadership development. A secondary goal is to establish new clubs or integrate youth and their families in existing clubs that are culturally sensitive and relevant to the needs and interests of the new families.
Applications for this RFA are due October 1. Grants will be awarded in the amount of $1,000 which may be used for program materials and supplies, volunteer screening, educational opportunities, youth scholarships and local unit support. Grants will be for one year, with an option for extending participation in year two, pending satisfactory completion of year one. Grants start mid October 2014 and end September 30, 2015. 
Local Volunteer Forum Grants

Renewed for 2014

The Kansas Association of 4-H Volunteers in cooperation with the Department of Youth Development are sponsoring grants for local Extension Units to conduct local volunteer training similar to the state Volunteer Forum. The support will be up to $500 per group, for up to four groups. A group is defined as two or more local Extension Units.

Local Volunteer Forum Support Information and application format

This money is provided by the Kansas Association of 4-H volunteers in accordance with their mission to support Kansas 4-H Volunteers. The application is very simple. Applications accepted until the money is allocated, first screening November 21, 2014 and monthly until June 1, 2015. The final review will be held in June. The event is expected to be completed in 2015.

Local units are encouraged to be creative and try something new, something they have been thinking about and/or have wanted to try or some time. This support is intended to let us try out some things that we would not ordinarily try by reducing the monetary risk.


Grow 4-H Grants
4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities Project

The "4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities" project is provided by the National 4-H Council and funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation from October 2012 through November 2013.  The grant opportunity was targeted for the following states' 4-H Youth Development Programs:  Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and North Dakota.  Kansas serves as the lead state.

In Kansas, eight proposals were awarded grants to conduct the program in the following counties:  Atchison, Dickinson, Leavenworth, Reno, Sedgwick, Smith, Wyandotte and a Southwest Kansas project involving Morton, Stevens, Seward, Grant, Meade and Haskell counties.

The purpose of the "4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities" project is to increase awareness about hunger in our communities and how youth and adults together can be a part of the solution.  4-H: Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities engages and empowers youth and adults through service projects addressing community-based food security and hunger relief. 

An educational toolkit was developed with the intent that it be used by the pilot states. The revised 4-H Hunger Toolkit is now being shared across the United States with 4-H, other youth development groups and community organizations as a new and valuable resource.

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4-H:  Empowering Youth to End Hunger in Their Communities Revised Toolkit: (EPUB)  (PDF)

Reporting Results:  The following link is for the 2013 accepted 4-H clubs, counties and/or states to report their results of the 4-H and Invest An Acre Project.  Visit:  http://tinyurl.com/4-H-InvestAnAcreReporting

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4-H and United Healthcare

We are pleased to announce a partnership between Kansas 4-H Youth Development and UnitedHealthcare (UHC) Community Plan that will support 4-H Healthy Living programs. This partnership will help us reach more youth in our communities and increase our resources locally for healthy living programs. UnitedHealthcare is one of the managed care organizations that provides KanCare Medicaid services to Kansas residents. As part of a value-added service, they are promoting 4-H to their members and encouraging them to join 4-H. The UHC members are receiving information about 4-H encouraging them to contact their local Extension office or visit the Join Kansas 4-H website. (See the attached flyer in both English and Spanish).


Here’s how the process will work:

1) You receive a request to join 4-H either directly from the UHC member or from the http://www.joinkansas4-h.org/ site

2) the parent/guardian will provide evidence that they are a United Healthcare member

3) you work with the family, enroll the youth in 4-H and get them involved

4) you report the members you have enrolled using a simple online reporting tool

5) your local unit will receive $35.00/child/year to support 4-H healthy living programs.


All local Extension units can benefit from this partnership. This is an excellent opportunity to recruit new youth into the 4-H program and increase 4-H Healthy Living program resources. You can network with other agencies and healthcare organizations that may be serving KanCare members to help promote the 4-H and UHC partnership and encourage 4-H participation. The 4-H “Life’s Little Questions” campaign will also be useful in helping this audience to understand what 4-H offers.

4-H and UnitedHealthcare Enrollment Form

4-H and UnitedHealthcare Online Reporting Form