AMES, Iowa--Applications are now being accepted from 4-H clubs wishing to receive either a 2008 Iowa's Promise Grant or a Pioneer Community Improvement Grant for local service projects. Both funding programs are available in cooperation with Iowa State University (ISU) Extension 4-H Youth Development.
Pioneer Community Improvement Grants provide up to $250 to qualifying clubs from Pioneer Seed International. The grants are available to encourage local Iowa 4-H clubs to plan and carry out community improvement activities, especially project ideas that are unique to their communities. Past examples of projects funded with Pioneer seed money are:
- Restoring a cemetery or historical monument
- Collecting children's books for a homeless shelter or libraries
- Building or replacing park benches and picnic tables
- Interviewing senior citizens for a history book or video
- Painting local park shelters, ball park bleachers or dugouts
- Creating barn quilts to hang on barns in a community
Iowa's Promise Youth Grant is a partnership of the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service and ISU Extension, which administers grants up to $250 to qualified youth groups/community groups to help Iowa's youth make lasting contributions to their communities.
The grant has been designed to help youth groups (4-H, FFA, Scouts, church/school groups, etc.) make a connection between their activities and volunteerism in communities. Past examples of programs funded through Iowa's Promise Youth Grant include:
- Improving a playground at the county fairgrounds
- Purchasing new park equipment
- Landscaping a local museum sign
- Building picnic tables
- Creating a teen area in a library
"Thank you again for providing us with such a generous gift," said one of the volunteers who helped create a library's teen area. "Volunteering is such a great feeling and thanks to Iowa's Youth Promise Grant for providing money."
Applications and grant descriptions are available at ISU Extension county offices and may be downloaded from www.extension.iastate.edu/4H/grants.html. For more information on Iowa's Promise Grants, go to www.IowasPromise.org and see Resources.
Pioneer Community Improvement Grant application is due Dec. 1, 2007, to county Extension offices.
Iowa's Promise Youth Grant application is due Feb. 1, 2008, to the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Building in Ames, Iowa.
Carol Ouverson , Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9640, firstname.lastname@example.org