2021 NIFA Grants for FCS Extension

The United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA/NIFA) is offering two grant opportunities that apply to FCS Extension. Don't pass up these opportunities to get funds!

The first opportunity is the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) grant. The Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD) focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2021, EWD invites applications in seven areas: agricultural workforce training; professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, a new program for food and agricultural non-formal education, and a FY 2021-only program for evaluation of NIFA’s agricultural literacy and workforce development portfolio. See EWD Request for Applications for specific details. (Click here for full details and the application.) This is a grant that many in FCS pass over, mistakenly thinking it does not apply.

The second opportunity is the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects grant. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA announces the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) funding program to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The CYFAR program mission is to marshal resources of the Land-Grant and Cooperative Extension Systems to develop and deliver educational programs that equip limited resource families and youth who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, contributing lives. (Click here to view more details and to apply.)

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2021 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism

2021 National Extension Conference on Volunteerism - The National Extension Conference on Volunteerism Planning Committee and Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, encourages those who are interested to save April 26-29, 2021, for the National Extension Conference on Volunteerism "NECV” 2021! Plans are underway for an exciting Extension professional conference with a focus on volunteerism at the Hard Rock Hotel and Conference Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This conference is ideal for volunteer-focused professionals who are serving within all areas of Extension programs (4-H, ANR, FCS). For information about calls for proposals and registration opening:

  • Join the NECV 2021 interest list-serv at: http://eepurl.com/gY8Pzz. Receive pertinent information about the conference without filling up your email inbox! Unsubscribe at any time.
  • Follow developments on Facebook at www.facebook.com/1NECV/

FCS News Update January 2021

News from Around the FCS Community the Week of January 11, 2021

2021 Outlook for Cooperative Extension System's Health Initiative - All Land-grant University Health Leaders, Extension Deans, Directors and Administrators and Friends are invited to register for a "State of Health" webinar for Wednesday, January 13, 2021, Noon-1:00 PM Eastern Time. 2020 was an exciting year for the Cooperative Extension System, particularly for its work related to health and well-being. Responding to a global pandemic, expanding the portfolio of programming related to mental health, continuing the extraordinary work in the area of food and nutrition, and working with scores of new partners was just a beginning! Distinguished panelists representing various components of the Cooperative Extension System including USDA-NIFA, National 4-H Council, the eXtension Foundation, and ECOP, will present the latest information about the partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the work of the Health Innovation Task Force, and the expanding health presence on Connect Extension. Register in advance at Webinar Registration - Zoom to either attend and/or receive the link to the recording

USDA Announces Castille as New NIFA Director - Dr. Carrie Castille has been named as the new, permanent director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture. She started her role as NIFA director on Monday, January 4, 2021, and will be the first female NIFA director in a non-acting role. Dr. Castille has a wide range of experience with the agency as a NIFA stakeholder, a faculty member at a partner land-grant university, as a USDA colleague, and as a leader in both the Vilsack and Perdue USDA administrations. Having worked with NIFA in so many different aspects gives her a unique view of the organization and the customers served. 

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New Videos Available for Awards Training

The Awards Training Subcommittee has been hard at work creating videos to help capture your attention about the benefits of submitting awards and training you on how to achieve your goal. We have several up already on our YouTube channel and linked on the Awards Information page.

We hope you'll find these videos entertaining and informative! Talk to your Affiliate Officers to find out your state's deadline and any special instructions. Remember, to be eligible for awards in 2021, we have to receive your membership dues here at the National HQ by December 31, 2020. 

 

 

 

How to Access Committees on the Website

Are you a member of a committee having trouble finding the uploaded files or messages? No worries! Our website platform, MemberClicks, has a robust Committee section designed to make it easy for you. As a member of a committee, you will always receive emails of new messages or files that have been uploaded, but we all know that emails don't always make it to us. If you have missed any messages, you can read them all in the committee hub online!

Here are step by step instructions on how to access the committee hub and what you'll find there:

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New Grant Process from the NEAFCS Endowment Committee

New Grant Process from the NEAFCS Endowment Committee

The NEAFCS Endowment Committee is excited to announce a new grant application process that will open in early December! Any affiliate, committee, or group of two or more NEAFCS members is invited to apply for funding to support an innovative project which promotes the profession of Family and Consumer Sciences in one or more of the designated areas of: Leadership/Professional Development, Awards & Recognition, Public Issues, or Diversity. It is anticipated that most proposals will fall in the range of $300-$3,000, but proposals of any size will be accepted for consideration. 

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History Travels to a New Home

From the ECOP Monday Minute for October 26, 2020:
Special publications of the 100+ years history of Extension are packed, labeled and ready to move to a new home. The collection has been headquartered at APLU was packed by Executive Director Caroline (Crocoll) Henney and Assistant Director Sandy Ruble last month. According to authorities from the President's Office, the boxes shown here will be temporarily transferred to storage before landing at its permanent location at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. To learn more about the volumes of history click here or contact Sandy at [email protected].

2020 NEAFCS National Award Winners Announced!

Our 2020 NEAFCS National Award Winner page is now available for viewing! Visit the page to view information and pictures of our winners and even view the 1st Place award-winning applications. 

Click here to view the 2020 Award Winner page.

2020 Award Winners

Congratulations again to all of our 2020 Award Winners! We will be unveiling a new 2020 Award Winner page on the website soon to showcase our winners. In the meantime, you can view the National Award Winner video: