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4-H Feeding and Growing Our Communities Challenge Grant


Applications will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and will be considered until all funds have been obligated.

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Levels of Funding

  • SPROUT ($150): for groups of 5-10 youth (1 adult/group) pledging a minimum of 12 hours of service/participant.  (Minimum of 60-120 hours of service/grant)
  • SEEDLING ($300): for groups of 11– 25 youth (1-2 adults/group) pledging a minimum of 12 hours of service/participant.  (Minimum of 132 – 300 hours of service/grant)
  • TRANSPLANT ($600-$750): for groups of more than 30 youth (3 or more adults) for use in designing activities that will increase awareness of hunger and food insecurity within in their community/county and responds to a direct need (i.e. Cost share funding to host a Meal-packaging Event.) (900+ hours of service)
  • YOUTH COOKING SCHOOLS GRANT ($300): for youth cooking schools reaching 15 - 20 youth/group; four to six 4-H Science Ambassador volunteers (youth) accompanying SNAP Ed staff in the teaching role providing 8 hours of service. These grants are intended to educate youth and families on proper food handling and preparation of the fresh vegetables and food the families receive through a food pantry or other organization.  (Minimum of 120 – 360 hours of service/grant)


In the application, provide a budget of expenses for the project. Be as specific as possible. Budgets may include items such as seeds, plants, equipment, materials and food supplies. All funds must be spent by September 30. 4-H clubs will be notified of their acceptance within 10 days after the application is received. (Note: 4-H clubs will need to purchase the supplies first and then submit all of their receipts at one time for reimbursement. Extension staff may work with a local club and use their P-Card to purchase approved items.  The State 4-H Office will provide the CFOAP documentation needed for counties to charge purchases directly to the account.