Mini Grants-SD 4-H Leaders - Making the Best Better!
Mini Grants Available!
We are excited to share that at our meeting tonight 2/23/2022, your SD 4-H Leaders decided to open a special funding application period for another round of Mini Grants for the current 4-H year. The same application and criteria will be used. Mini grant applications are due March 30th – received via email or postmarked by 3/30/2022. Late applications will not be considered.
The grant amount available per county is $400. Counties may choose to do projects together – 2 counties can apply for $800 for a combined project – 3 counties can apply for $1200 for a combined project. The max amount available for a single project is $1200.
Special note – this grant amount available is on a per 4-H year basis. If your county submitted a mini grant application in December 2021 and received funding in January 2022, your county is not eligible to apply for this special funding round.
What is a Mini Grant? Each year, the South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association awards Mini-Grants across the state to county or 4-H club projects. The purpose of the 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level. The 4-H Leaders Association recognizes that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers.
Criteria for awarding funds include:
* Potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project.
* Potential impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting.
* Potential for increasing life skill outcomes for youth.
* Potential for reaching expanded youth audiences e.g. at-risk low income, single parent families, other cultures, disabled, etc.
* Potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs.
Grants funds can be used to purchase educational materials and supplies, expenses/honorariums for speakers, travel and training. Generally, snacks for refreshments, give-away items, e.g. t-shirts, etc. and building rental are not approved expenditures. Monies can’t be used for capital equipment or hardware (defined as items and material with a life expectancy of greater than five years) or building drives.
Here is the list from 2021-2022 - Mini Grants Winners Announced for the Regular 2022 Funding period for applications due 12/31/2021!
We chose 11 projects for a total or $7520 in grants.
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