Iowa 4-H Foundation

Iowa 4-H Financial Assistance

Financial Aid for 4-H Opportunities

The Iowa 4-H Foundation is committed to ensuring that financial need is not a barrier to participation in the Iowa 4-H Program or Iowa 4-H events.

Financial aid is available for:

  • Program membership fee
  • State-wide events such as State 4-H Conference
  • Regional or county events such as camps, workshops, etc.

Many counties offer support as well. Applicants should reach out to their County Extension Office before applying to better understand what might be available to them.

Fully complete the application form and return to your County Youth Coordinator. You'll be notified of any assistance awarded via e-mail a week after application submission to the Foundation.

Applicants do not need to be 4-H members to apply, but must be attending an Iowa 4-H sponsored event or activity.

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

Additional Details / Information for 4-H Staff

1) Applications for assistance may be submitted at anytime and will be evaluated on a rolling basis. Applicants and county staff will be notified of their financial aid award within one week of submission.

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, but do need to be residents of Iowa.

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 4-H Connect.

7) 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

Application Form

Aplicación Para Asistencia Financiera En Español

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