For more than 20 years, the Minnesota 4-H Foundation has proudly supported local 4-H community service and program innovation through their Helping Hands Grants. Two weeks ago, the 2015 Helping Hands Grants were announced, awarding $25,000 to 26 4-H clubs and programs, and many projects are already underway! You can see a full list of those grant recipients here: http://z.umn.edu/helping.
Every few years, the focus of the Helping Hands Grant program is reviewed and adjusted based on the overall direction of Minnesota 4-H.
Over the next few months, the Helping Hands Grant team will be revising the application process to increase opportunities for youth to develop 21st Century skills through every step of their experience.
In addition to encouraging youth to take leadership in planning all future Helping Hands Grant projects that request funding, the Helping Hands Grant team will offer grant writing support and training to equip applicants with important skills for communicating effectively and making lasting contributions to their communities.
If you have specific ideas about how to increase the 21st Century skills that youth develop through the Helpings Hands Grant program, please contact Erin Kelly-Collins at the Minnesota 4-H Foundation.