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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.