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Applications Due Feb. 2 for Iowa’s Promise Youth Grants


AMES, Iowa – Iowa youth groups looking for funding sources for community service projects have until Feb. 2 to apply for 2009 Iowa Promise Youth grants. The awards are sponsored by the Iowa Commission on Volunteer Service in partnership with Iowa State University Extension 4-H Youth Development, and provide up to $250 for projects of qualifying groups.

A total of $8,000 is available for this year’s projects. Past awards have helped youth groups accomplish a wide variety goals, ranging from developing a community park in a low income neighborhood, planning a youth leadership conference and assisting with a local library’s literacy program. Grant providers estimate that last year’s awards provided more than $31,000 in value to the communities of the participants. More than 700 youth and adult volunteers contributed more than 3,500 hours to complete the service projects.

The grants are administered by the Iowa’s Promise Youth program. To receive a grant, a youth group such as a 4-H club, Scout group, church group or school organization must submit a joint application with another community group for a community improvement project or a local service project.
Application materials and grant descriptions are available at www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/iowaspromise.html. Additional information is available from Sue Bogue at (515) 294-1533, suebogue@iastate.edu.


Contacts :

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

Del Marks, Extension Communications and External Relations, (515) 294-9807, delmarks@iastate.edu