Iowa 4-H Financial Assistance - Iowa 4-H Foundation

Iowa 4-H Financial Assistance

How to Apply:

The following guidelines have been established for applying for financial assistance for Iowa 4-H activities.  

Beginning in September 2018, we will begin to use a new form for 4-H’ers and families to request financial assistance for the 4-H enrollment fee, camp and event scholarships. One form will be used to for all financial aid requests. You may submit a request for support for multiple needs on one form or submit multiple forms throughout the year. The online request for enrollment fee assistance in Spanish will also continue to be accepted.

1) Applications for Program Development Fee assistance may be submitted at anytime and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Applications for camp or event assistance may also be submitted at anytime and will be evaluated beginning May 1 and on a rolling basis through June 15. Applicants and county staff will be notified of their financial aid award within one week of the above deadline or submission if submitted after the deadline.

2) Any youth who are potential participants in Iowa State University Extension youth programs, or programs recognized by the State 4-H Youth Development office are eligible. Young people do not have to be a 4-H club member to receive financial assistance.

3) Participants should ideally bear some portion of the activity cost.  It has been our experience that those who pay a portion of the cost to participate in an event do so with a more positive attitude.  It is further expected that local or county groups will also provide some assistance if possible.

4) The Iowa 4-H Foundation has a limited amount of funding available for financial assistance.  These funds will be distributed among as many different individuals as feasible.  Therefore, individuals requesting assistance for a second opportunity will not receive as high a priority as someone who has not previously received assistance.

5) The application requires two statements.One from the applicant telling us why they want to attend the event/activity. This should be written by the applicant, or dictated to an adult if assistance is necessary. The second from a parent/guardian, 4-H leader, or Extension staff member explaining the financial circumstance of the family and any other relevant information. No funding will be provided without these statements. The statements can be attached on a single, separate page or written/printed on the back of the application form. 

6) Use a separate Financial Assistance Application for Youth Form for EACH applicant. Exception for youth attending a CYLA: County Staff use this form.

Receiving financial assistance does not register youth for the event/activity. Enrollment, registration forms and/or deposits must be sent according to their instructions.  

If you have questions or need assistance completing the form, please contact us at 515-294-1537 or email

Apply Here

Application also available in Microsoft Word

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