Extension News

Iowa's Promise Youth Grants Applications Due February 1

1/6/2006

AMES, Iowa -- Applications are now being accepted until Feb. 1, 2006, from youth groups that wish to receive an "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 over 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, Boy/Girl 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. Completed applications are due to the State 4-H office. Notification of funding will be in February or March. For more information, contact Sue Bogue at (515) 294-1533 or suebogue@iastate.edu.

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Contacts :

Mitchell Hoyer, ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development, (515) 294-1531, mhoyer@iastate.edu

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