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NEW: 4-H Club Growth & Innovation Grant

This grant funding seeks to promote and support positive youth development and BIGM club experiences for youth across the state.

Funds are allocated to support NEW, innovative approaches to one or more of the following objectives:

  1. Improve club quality;
  2. Expand club formation; and/or
  3. Support club member retention

Proposed activities might include, but are not limited to:

  • Incentives for mentors assigned to new club leaders or members to assist in navigation of 4-H processes
  • Transportation and/or registration costs used to engage club members in wider 4-H activities such as State Fair, Illini Summer Academies, Judging Contests, 4-H Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see
  • A county or multi-county 4-H teen event to support re-engagement of older youth and keep them involved through junior high and high school
  • Materials for 4-H workshops aimed at recruitment of new club members and/or formation of new clubs

These activities should be NEW to the county program. Funds may not be used for existing programs or activities.

Application Format

Proposals must be submitted online. Each topic must be addressed for the proposal to be considered for funding; proposals with parts missing will not be considered for funding. The proposal topics are:

  1. Program Goals and Objectives
  2. Program Description
  3. Plan of Work – Program Methods and Activities
  4. Projected Timeline
  5. Program Assessment and Evaluation
  6. Expected Outcomes
  7. Staff Team Effort and Involvement of Staff, Volunteers, and Youth in Identifying and Planning New Program
  8. Acknowledgement Strategies Identifying Illinois 4-H Foundation Support
  9. Proposed Budget

4-H Staff: Apply online

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Funding Allocation

$1000 in funds is available per county and/or metro area each year. However, consistent demonstration of progress to the stated goals is expected each year. 

Fund Usage

These grant funds may be used for travel, program supplies, and production of instructional and promotional materials. Funds cannot be used for salaries for current staff members; or the purchase of standard office equipment such as copy machines; large printers; or comparable items.

Requirements for Funding

The amount of funding to be awarded annually per county is not to exceed $1000 although counties may choose to propose joint work that would combine their allocated portions. Monies are available to provide funding for each county, however weak or incomplete applications will not be supported. Grant applications should provide program goals that are aligned with one or more of the three objectives – club quality, club formation and member retention. In order to be considered for repeat funding, a satisfactory assessment and evaluation report must be received within one month of the previous grant completion.

Evaluation and Reporting

For reporting purposes, the 4-H Club Growth & Innovation Grant Report and Evaluation Summary will be provided when a program is funded. The completed Report and Evaluation Summary should be submitted to Sheila Powers in the State 4-H Office within 30 days of the program end or completion; OR by September 30th of 4-H program year, whichever comes first.

Funding Cycle

Grant application will be accepted and reviewed annually. Proposed work is expected to be completed within each current program year. Each county or metro area can apply for $1000 in funding annually or submit a combined proposal with other counties that is no more than the combined $1000 allocation per county/metro area involved.

Funding Acceptance

A Funding Acceptance Form must be completed and submitted to Sheila Powers in the State 4-H Office before grant monies can be released.

If you have questions, please contact:

Pat McGlaughlin
Extension Specialist
4-H Youth Development
801 N. Country Fair Drive, Suite E
Champaign, IL 61821