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  • Grants & Awards

  • National 4-H Council grants give young people and adults the opportunity to take on issues critical to their lives, families, and communities. Youth and adults work together to design the project, write the proposal, and evaluate funded projects. The grants are offered to 4-H programs in local communities, in counties, and on the state level.

    Grant deadlines are determined in conjunction with our funding partners. Once a particular grant is announced, grant proposals are normally solicited for a four- to eight-week period. Grants are awarded to 4-H Extension groups and are not available to individuals.

    In partnership with corporate and federal donors, numerous grant and award opportunities support and recognize the 4-H system nationwide. These opportunities range from Citizenship; Science, Engineering, and Technology; Healthy Living; Afterschool; and Volunteerism.

    Donations for 4-H Programs from Monsanto

    The Monsanto Fund’s “America’s Farmers Grow Communities” program annually offers local 4-H programs in 1,271 counties in 39 states the opportunity to receive $2,500 in unrestricted funding if they are designated as a recipient by a participating farmer. Clubs are encouraged to reach out and persuade local farmers to register. Online voting is open August 1 through November 30.  Sample content and talking points are available in our toolkit. Visit Monsanto’s website for more information.

    National 4-H Council's online grants portal is a one-stop resource, housing a wide variety of funding opportunities and related forms (applications, reports, etc.). Requests for Proposals/Application for Council's grants and awards are only posted on the portal. This system makes learning about and applying for funding opportunities, submitting reports, and receiving information from National 4-H Council much easier.

    Applications for funding are only accepted from 4-H/Extension professionals and state level Extension 4-H/Youth Development Program Leaders or LGU Administrator must approve the proposal.

    Grant Proposal Tips

    When preparing a proposal, remember to:

    • thoroughly read the entire RFP before you begin
    • start preparing the proposal well before the deadline; waiting until the last minute often results in forgotten elements and simple errors that make the submission less likely to be funded
    • review all program objectives and create a plan that you can implement that clearly addresses the stated objectives
    • note the project implementation dates to ensure you will be able to meet all reporting and deliverable deadlines
    • make sure your budget is suitable for accomplishing your plan, accurately reflects the allowable costs to fulfill grant requirements, and has been checked for math errors
    • ensure that all necessary attachments are included and do not include attachments that are not requested
    • allow enough time for review by your LGU sponsored programs office, if required.

    Don’t forget, your state level Extension 4-H/Youth Development Program leader or LGU administrator must have time to approve the proposal as well.

    Please note that failure to adhere to all requirements may exclude your proposal from consideration for the funding opportunity. Finally, don’t forget that indirect costs are never allowed on Council RFPs or RFAs.

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