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Youth Groups May Apply for Iowa's Promise Youth Grants


AMES, Iowa -- Applications are now being accepted from youth groups that wish to receive a 2006 "Iowa's Promise Youth" grant for a community improvement project. The Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service, in cooperation with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development, is again offering grants up to $250 to qualifying groups.

The grants, totaling $8,000, will be available to fund projects ranging from planning and hosting a county-wide youth leadership conference to making a field guide to identify plants in a community prairie. Grant providers estimate that the 2005 grants resulted in more than a $43,000 total value for participating communities. Last year more than 600 youth and adult volunteers contributed more than 3,600 hours to their communities through the grants. 

To be eligible, two or more local groups must cooperate in a community improvement or community service project. One group must be a youth group such as a 4-H club, Scouts, church group or school group.

Applications and grant descriptions are available at Iowa State University Extension offices and may be downloaded from http://www.volunteeriowa.org/promise.html. Grant applications are due Feb. 1, 2006. For more information, contact Sue Bogue at (515) 294-1533 or suebogue@iastate.edu.


Contacts :
Sue Bogue, 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1533, suebogue @iastate.edu


Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu