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K-State Research and Extension
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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

February 13, 2024

Accessibility Fund Application Now Open!

Submitted by Mindy Weixelman

Since 4-H began in Kansas, youth have been practicing generosity in many forms. For more than 115 years, Kansas 4-H has been committed to enhancing accessibility to 4-H experiences for current and new members. Because 4-H has taught youth essential life skills, the Youth Philanthropy Ambassadors want to share 4-H with all Kansas youth.

Each year, the Kansas 4-H Foundation partners with the Kansas Youth Leadership Council to select Youth Philanthropy Ambassadors (YPAs). In 2022, the YPAs launched the Accessibility Fund. The goal is to ensure Kansas 4-H is accessible for all youth regardless of any financial, physical, social and emotional accommodations needed.

We are excited to share that the Accessibility Fund application is now open for submissions! Both current and future 4-H members are eligible to apply, and details can be found at www.kansas4hfoundation.org/accessibilityfund. This application can be completed by the youth directly or on behalf of the youth with assistance from an adult. If you know of someone who could benefit from the Accessibility Fund and would like to nominate them, please email their name, email address, and phone number to accessibility@kansas4hfoundation.org.

Applications are confidential and are reviewed monthly by a committee made up of Kansas 4-H youth, Kansas 4-H youth development staff, and Kansas 4-H Foundation Board of Trustee members and staff. This committee may reach out to collaborate with local K-State Research and Extension staff to evaluate the most appropriate funding source.

Thanks to generous support from Kansas 4-H clubs across the state, the Accessibility Fund currently has $40,000 available. Applications will be awarded as funds are available. Support for this fund will continue as the youth philanthropy fundraising initiative in 2024. You’ll be hearing more from the 2024 YPAs in the coming months.

If you have specific questions regarding the Accessibility Fund, please email accessibility@kansas4hfoundation.org or call the Kansas 4-H Foundation office at 785-775-0123.