4-H Innovation Grant

The purpose of the Missouri 4-H Center for Youth Development & Missouri 4-H Foundation Innovation Grant is to aid and support those individuals or teams who exemplify innovation, accomplishment, and commitment in the design and delivery of a unique 4-H program or audience reached.

Innovative 4-H programs provide Positive Youth Development through new program efforts, partnerships, and collaboration to expand 4-H to all Missourians.

Awards will be granted to new innovations. This program should meet the highest standard of program quality and innovation and at the same time advance the field of positive youth development. Some examples of an innovative program may engage a new audience or the expansion of a current audience, a new program subject matter area, a new delivery method or some other creative approach or evaluation process that is new or will improve our work. An innovative program could be a new approach to a current program or the beginning of an entirely new effort.

In addition to financial awards of up to $500, award winners will be recognized for their achievement.


  • June: Applications distributed
  • August 15: Applications Due; if all funds are not used, additional applications will be accepted until Jan 5, 2021
  • August: Applicants will be invited to share their plans in presentations to the MU Extension 4-H Employees
  • September 15: Awards announced
  • October: Award presentations
  • September – June: Work of mini-grants carried out; Impact & Replication information shared



Please prepare this information in ONE document that is no longer than 4 pages with the 6 sections below and submit it using the Submit Application Button Below.

  1. General Information: Name of program, primary contact, names of team members (specialists, staff, youth leaders, volunteers, partners), and names of supervisor(s) who have given their approval. Name of organization to receive the funds (i.e. Extension Council, 4-H Council).
  2. Summary of Innovation — Limit 50 words, to be used for marketing.
  3. Detailed Description of Innovation Program — include type of innovation, intended target audience, and if applicable, collaborative efforts (see assessment criteria for all information needed).
    1. Include how the proposal contributes to the advancement of positive youth development.
    2. Include details about the target audience including (1) numbers of participants and (2) how the program will reach an audience that has been underserved by 4-H.
    3. Include details about innovation in terms of partnerships and collaborations.
  4. Potential Program Impacts
    1. Identify expected outcomes of program and how the program will be evaluated.
    2. Include how you plan to recognize the Missouri 4-H Foundation and its supporters.
  5. Program Replication Plan
    1. Describe what you plan to do to encourage replication (i.e. presentation, articles, etc.). Opportunities to present to colleagues will be available.
    2. Provide an action plan on how the innovation program will be replicated. (Include target audience and reach, description of replication activity and timeline.)
  6. Budget — include how funds would be spent and what dollar amounts.
    1. Include an explanation of how the funds requested clearly match the program description. Funds should not be used for MU Extension 4-H salary.
    2. Include in the narrative or budget how the funds granted would be used to leverage additional funds and support. Though matching is not required, it will be considered in selection criteria.


At the completion of this program, the team will submit a report to Missouri 4-H is for YOUth Report.

Additional presentations to 4-H staff may also be required.

Assessment criteria:

  Possible score
Application Submission Requirements: All information included, max of 3 pages, narrative and budget are clear, etc. 10
Description of Innovation: Program represents a new innovation; description is clear and concise; why was innovation needed for the intended target audience; collaborative efforts of team and community partners; impact of program. Including number of participants, reach to new audiences, scope of audience (local, county, region, or state-wide). 30
Program Replication Plan: A clear replication action plan is provided; innovation will benefit other 4-H programs/areas. 30
Budget: A clear budget is provided; total amounts within the amounts available to allocate; funds needed are one-time only. Funds are used to leverage other support. Sponsors will be recognized. 30
Total 100

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