Extension Foundation Update for April 2021

The following information was shared with NEAFCS members during our Association Meeting following the 2021 Virtual PILD conference on April 14, 2021.


We look forward to serving Cooperative Extension in 2021. Below is information for both our member and non-members programs, and some basic information on how we can work together as your partner:

  • We invite your faculty and staff to join us on Connect Extension at connect.extension.org/join. If they register with their UVI email, they will automatically be added to our Impact Collaborative Subgroup to easily take advantage of upcoming offerings.

  • We invite your faculty and staff to subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date with not only Extension Foundation offerings, but offerings made available by colleagues system-wide.

Our new website at extension.org has a calendar on the left-hand side with upcoming offerings including our Innovation Skill-Building Experiences, Innovation Facilitator Trainings, the Impact Collaborative Summit, Leadership Development Offerings, and more. 
  • Upcoming Impact Collaborative Activities for members only include:

    • Rev-Up Your Virtual Leadership 
      This four-part series is part of our Impact Collaborative program and iis for Extension Professionals leading five or more peers. Rev-up Your Virtual Leadership includes discussions on how to lead when we've lost the ability to put a hand on a shoulder. Rev-up Your Virtual Leadership includes discussions on how to lead when we've lost the ability to put a hand on a shoulder.

    • Innovation Skill-Building Experience (ISBE) (Offered Quarterly). Next event begins April 20th. 
      Do you have a project idea that needs incubation, innovation, and ways to get to implementation and impact faster? Are you looking to learn about design thinking and lean experimentation combined with Cooperative Extension’s best practices for solving important community issues? Are you interested in becoming an Innovation Facilitator/Coach for future Impact Collaborative events and to support your institution’s teams and teams across the nation? Are you already an Innovation Facilitator or a team member who would like a refresher on the Innovation Skill-Building process? If you answered yes, to any of these questions then join us to explore the Impact Collaborative’s Innovation Skill-building experience in a whole new way: The ISBE  will meet via Zoom for four sessions covering specific ISBE building blocks to spark ideas, increase innovation, and turbocharge implementation to ultimately create local impact.

    • Innovation Facilitator Training (Offered Quarterly). Next event begins June 8th. 

      • ISBE Participation is a prerequisite 

      • Are you someone who is always looking for new ways to improve?  Do you like adopting innovative ideas and helping others along the way? Would you like to be a leader that helps teams design cutting edge programs/projects that make a real impact?If so, please consider joining our Innovation Facilitator team! Our Innovation Facilitator training provides you with a new way of looking at innovation.  Once trained, you are an invaluable asset in helping teams develop projects or programs more quickly, and connect them with national resources. You will use our innovation incubator process to bring fresh ideas aligned with institutional goals to every team you work with.Today, there are 151 Innovation Facilitators across Cooperative Extension working to synergize innovative efforts in their own states, institutions, and supporting regional & national teams.

    • Impact Collaborative Summit (Annual), October 5-7, 2021
      Registration Coming Soon

    • Our Membership Benefits package includes more dates throughout the year for our Impact Collaborative events.

  • New Technologies for Ag Extension

    • We will be accepting nominations for Year 3 projects beginning in May, 2021. Review our most recent webinar about what programs and projects we are looking for.

    • We are looking for early stage, high potential projects and programs aligned with USDA strategic goals.

    • Projects receive wrap around services from the Extension Foundation for one year to help rapidly scale their projects and programs.

    • Nomination form will be available at extension.org

  • Extension Collaborative on Immunization Teaching & Engagement (EXCITE)

    • We invite your Extension projects and programs that are doing work in Immunization Education to participate in this initiative and apply for funding. More information available at extension.org/immunization.

  • 1890 Extension Leadership Academy

    • Since 2018, the Extension Foundation is proud to partner with Fort Valley State University to present the 1890s Extension Leadership Academy.  We work closely with partners from Fort Valley State University, Kentucky State University, and Lincoln University to make this possible.

    • The purpose of the 1890 Extension Leadership Academy is to prepare future and upcoming leaders in Extension to act as change agents to create a culture that encourages and sustains innovation throughout the organization. By building the capacity of these leaders, they will be capable of taking on 1890 issues so that the system will have the agility to address other opportunities and challenges proactively.

  • Pesticide Safety Education Funds Management Program

    • We are pleased to have received a funding opportunity for Land Grant University Pesticide Safety Education Programs (PSEP). This opportunity is made available through a cooperative agreement (#X8-83698001) with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish and administer a national sub-award program in support of pesticide applicator education, and training for certified applicators of restricted used pesticides.

    • 52 1862 Institutions Awarded

    • Total award: approx $1,000,000

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