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Grants to Iowa Youth Clubs for Community Improvement Projects


Geographic Focus

USA: Iowa

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Pioneer Seed Grant

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Iowa 4-H Foundation

Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #152502

Grant Description

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Grants of up to $500 to Iowa qualifying youth clubs to implement community improvement projects throughout the state. The purpose of this program is to provide funding for a broad range of projects that directly involve youth members in project planning, implementation, and evaluation. Applications are accepted from 4-H clubs within the state.

Determining Your Project

  1. Your project must show activity that will improve some portion of the community. Improvements should remain after project is completed. If your club has received a Pioneer Seed Grant previously, the application must show that a new project is being undertaken, not a continuation of the previous activity.
  2. Involve 4-H members in all areas of the project planning, carrying out and evaluating. Do not choose a project that has been totally developed by another group.
  3. Show ways in which other groups in the community can be involved, either in donations of money and/or materials or assistance in carrying out the project.
  4. Consult local agencies for project ideas. Local or county park and recreation departments, public libraries, community care facilities, county conservation boards or historical societies usually have needs that can be filled by 4-H clubs. If the project requires permission, get it before submitting the proposal. Examples are Fair Boards (fair grounds improvement), city councils, (town landscape projects), or county supervisors (rural cemeteries). 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are for Iowa 4-H Clubs.

Pre-Application Information:

Local clubs are asked to submit their application to the county Extension office by January 16 (suggested county deadline). A county staff member must review all applications submitted from the county’s clubs, write appropriate comments where indicated, and sign below their comments.

Pioneer Seed Grant completed applications and support letters should then be sent to the State 4-H Office by January 30.

Final decisions will be made by a committee of volunteers and staff members. All applicants should receive letters by mid-April.

Additional Funding Information:

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will range from a minimum of $50 to a maximum of $500.

Contact Information:

County Services:

Contact Haley Jones at 515-294-2748 or, if you have questions.

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