USDA announces more than $6.5 million to support community projects focusing on children, youth, and families

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced the availability of more than $6.5 million for the Children, Youth, and Families At-Risk Sustainable Community Projects (CYFAR SCP) program.

The mission of the CYFAR program is to marshal resources of the Land-grant and Cooperative Extension Systems so that, in collaboration with other organizations, they can develop and deliver educational programs that equip youth who are at-risk with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives.

The purpose of SCP funding is to improve the quality and quantity of comprehensive community-based programs for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. Collaboration across disciplines, program areas, and geographic lines, as well as a holistic approach that views the individual in the context of the family and community, are central to SCP.

This year’s applications should support community educational programs for at-risk, low income children, youth, and families which are based on locally identified needs, grounded in research, and lead to the accomplishment of one of four CYFAR National Outcomes:

  1. Early Childhood: Children will have their basic physical, emotional and intellectual needs met. Babies will be born healthy.
  2. School Age (K-8): School age youth will demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior necessary for fulfilling contributing lives.
  3. Teen: Teens will demonstrate knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior necessary for fulfilling contributing lives.
  4. Parent/Family: Parents will take primary responsibility for meeting their children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual needs and providing moral guidance and direction. Families will promote positive, productive, and contributing lives for all family members.

Applicants should also focus on projects that integrate CYFAR programming into ongoing Extension programs for children, youth, and families – insuring that at-risk, low income children, youth, and families continue to be part of Extension, 4-H, and/or Family and Consumer Science programs that have access to resources and educational opportunities.

Applications are due March 14. Please see the request for applications for specific program requirements.