The Canadian 4-H Council has awarded grants to 13 applicants from communities across Canada under its first annual RBC 4-H Rural-Urban Youth Outreach Program. The program, which provides a grant for any club or organization planning to start or expand a 4-H club in their community, was launched in January 2009 in an effort to encourage youth, volunteers and organizations from all backgrounds and communities across the country to apply and get involved with 4-H.
Through the grant program, a maximum of $4,000 is available to individual applications, with an additional $2,000 available at the end of the year in the form of an Award of Excellence. In total, $40,000 in grant funding will be awarded in 2009.
Those interested in participating in the 2010 program can visit this website (http://www.4-h-canada.ca/outreach)to apply online.
Existing 4-H clubs, regions and provincial agencies, as well as non-4-H organizations and communities are eligible to apply for grants under the program. Projects eligible for funding include: setting up 4-H in schools; developing urban gardens or agriculture projects; setting up “inner-city” 4-H clubs; twinning rural 4-H members with urban or suburban youth; adding a 4-H component to an existing organization; or creating resource materials to start or develop a 4-H club. This award also helps clubs maintain the programs they launched through the grant program.
“We are proud to be partnering with 4-H and helping to deliver this innovative program,” added Brian Little, national manager, Agriculture/Agri Business, RBC. “We believe this program is a great way for rural and urban youth to contribute to and learn more about the communities in which they live. As a former member of the 4-H club, I can also say that the lessons learned and the friendships made through the club have a positive and lifelong impact.”
More informat ion about 4-H in Canada can be found at www.4-h-canada.ca.