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Grants to Iowa Youth Groups and Organizations for
Projects Addressing Farming Health and Safety

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Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health (I-CASH)

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Grants of $500 to Iowa youth groups and organizations for projects that teach farming health and safety. All projects must be led by youth and overseen by adults. Funding may be used for but is not limited to, the creation of signage, distribution of safety equipment, and production of instructional videos.

Every year I-CASH has funds available for small grants to community youth groups for farm safety-related projects. In addition, I-CASH awards an Outstanding Youth Grant Award, the winners are invited to the annual Midwest Rural Agricultural Safety and Health Conference to present their project. Funding will be available for travel and expenses to attend the meeting. A cash award will also be given to the top project.

This grant program was developed to encourage youth to take an active role in preventing injuries and deaths on farms by raising awareness about safety and health issues with farmers and other youth in their community. The projects should be conducted by youth, with adults serving as mentors and advisors. 

Applicants should consider the type of farming in their community, any injuries or deaths that may have happened in the past, as well as the obvious hazards such as tractors and livestock. Health issues such as hearing loss, sun exposure, ergonomics, and proper hydration should also be considered.

The message of farm safety and health can be delivered in a variety of ways. Below are some examples: 

  • Distribute SMV (slow moving vehicle) signs at the local implement dealership, using the opportunity to talk with farmers about roadway safety
  • Make a poster about hearing protection for the county fair and hand out ear plugs and brochures
  • Speak with farmers while they wait in line to drop off grain at the local co-op – pass out a fact sheet about respiratory health and give them dust masks
  • Produce a YouTube video about safely sorting cattle, using the funds to purchase props for demonstrations, special makeup, or editing software
  • Hold a local essay or poster contest about ATV safety and give away ATV helmets to the winners 

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GrantWatch ID#: 168686

Estimated Size of Grant:

- $500 grants are available to decrease the risk of illness or injury due to farm hazard exposure.
- One project will be selected for the Outstanding Youth Grant Award which will be presented at the 2021 Midwest Regional Agricultural Safety and Health (MRASH) meeting usually held in mid-November. A cash award plus funding for travel and expenses to attend the meeting will be provided.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are only available for youth groups/organizations in Iowa.

Pre-Application Information:

Grant applications are due April 15, 2021.

Funding announcements will be made by May 15, 2021.

There are still uncertainties due to the pandemic. Please keep pandemic safety in mind as you prepare your project. Consider designing a project that will reduce risks associated with close, in-person interactions.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health

For more information or assistance with this program, contact Brandi Janssen, I-CASH Director

Iowa's Center for Agricultural Safety and Health
UI Research Park, 124 IREH
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

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