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Rural Youth Development Grants

Rural Youth Development Grants, administered through NIFA, address rural youth needs and involve youth in the design and implementation of their educational activities. The youth organizations that have received funding under this program have developed programs that empower youth to improve their own lives and the communities in which they live. They are committed to a common national framework of outcomes for youth, adults, and communities. 

The broad purposes of the Rural Youth Development Grant Program are as follows:

  • Support and enhance the goals, objectives, and priorities of the eligible youth organizations;
  • Support program which address issues and needs of rural youth; (Learn more about rural youth issues.)
  • Involve youth in design and implementation of their educational activities; (Learn more about the Ecological Model of human development.)
  • Increase knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors necessary for rural youth to live productive, contributing, and fulfilling lives; (View the complete Logic Model.) and,
  • Increase economic opportunities and sustainability and improve quality of life in rural communities through enhanced human, social civic, natural, financial, cultural, and built capital. (Learn more about Community Capitals.)

With a focus on leadership, citizenship, and life skill development through service learning and social entrepreneurship, the Rural Youth Development Grant Program strongly supports and enhances the missions and priorities of the eligible organizations.  The Rural Youth Development Grant Program is authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Grants are made to youth organizations pursuant to 7 U.S.C. 7630.

Program Contact is Dr. Nancy Valentine (nvalentine@nifa.usda.gov).

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