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Willman/Rice Resource Awards RFPs due April 1.

The Youth Extension Staff team in the Department of Animal Science is pleased to announce availability of funding for the Willman & Rice Resource Awards! Thanks to the New York State 4-H Foundation Willman Fund and the NYS 4-H Rice Fund, we are able to offer seven (7) $500 (Willman) and (3) $500 (Rice) resource awards to county extension associations in New York State that engage youth in animal science programming.

What does this mean for you? Counties have the opportunity to “team up” and spend up to $500 on animal science related educational resource materials, equipment or to conduct regional in-services of their choice. Personal protective equipment (PPE) costs can be covered. We encourage proposals that will help increase youth participation and pay for items that are reusable rather than perishable. Please do not request funding for participant food, clothing or recognition items.

What’s the catch? In order for applications to be considered, county associations must “team up” with at least two counties working together to provide materials/programming to youth working with any species. That’s it!

How do you apply? Get together with your surrounding counties and come up with a plan on how you, as a team, can utilize these funds to provide programming to the youth in your region. Submit the application found on the Willman/Rice webpage by April 1.Once approved, counties are free to make purchases up to $500 for program supplies, equipment, to conduct regional programming – whatever they choose – be creative!

How do you report back to us? Fill out the report form on the Willman/Rice webpage, where you will detail how the program met its objectives and how it impacted the youth in the region. This must be done by December 1, 2022, in order to receive your funds. Email an invoice on your county letterhead, along with all receipts detailing how the money was spent, and any photos that may have been taken at the event to Barb Jones ( The Cornell Account number you want the reimbursement to be directly deposited needs to be on the invoice. We will process the award and you will receive a credit to the account you indicated for the amount spent up to $500. It is that easy!

If you need more assistance making choices about what to buy or how to order it, you may contact any one of the individuals listed on our Staff Page. Help make the 4-H youth animal science program in your county stronger! Remember to apply by April 1!

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