4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
4-H Youth Development Program
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4-H Youth Development Program

JOANN 4-H Project Grants

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Thanks to the JOANN Paper Clover campaign and the tremendous support of our community for 4-H, we can offer the following grants to support 4-H projects in Communications & Expressive Arts and Consumer & Family Science.

All projects must fall within one of the areas listed below. Download printable PDF of Qualifying Projects. For a brief description on each 4-H project, please see the list of California 4-H Projects (PDF).

JOANN qualifying projects

Types of Grants


1. JOANN 4-H Service Learning Project Grant

Projects must be from the Qualifying Project List above and focus on a service learning project. Service Learning projects address a community issue and focus on creating and carrying out a plan to address the issue.

Number of awards: Up to two (2) $450 awards will be awarded for Cycle 1

APPLY for Service Learning Project Grant


2. JOANN 4-H Spark Project Grant

Projects must be from the Qualifying Project List above that focuses on a person's spark! Sparks are what help youth see the potential within themselves.

Number of awards: Up to four (4) $200 awards will be awarded for Cycle 1

APPLY for Spark Project Grant


3. JOANN 4-H Innovative Project Grant

Projects must be from the Qualifying Project List above and utilize the latest STEM innovations. Examples: 3-D printed fabrics, wearable technology, fabric design

Number of awards: Up to three (3) $500 awards will be awarded for Cycle 1

APPLY for Innovative Project Grant

Application requirements for JOANN 4-H Project Grants

Please read all of the Terms below before applying for a JOANN 4-H Project Grant. Only completed applications will be accepeted.  Completed applications include: 1)on-line application, 2) budget template, and county 4-H letter of support. ONLY OPEN FOR CALIFORNIA 4-H

1. Submit your completed on-line application by the closing date

Cycle 2: Applications open: February 5, 2019
Cycle 2: Applications close: March 27, 2019 at 7pm

  • JOANN 4-H Service Learning Project Grant application
  • JOANN 4-H Spark Project Grant application
  • JOANN 4-H Innovative Project Grant application

2. Attach your estimated budget to your on-line application using the budget template.

Download budget template (doc)


3. Obtain one (1) letter of support from your county 4-H staff for your application.

Please have your County 4-H Staff member fill out a Letter of Support form OR the on-line Letter of support form.

Letter of Support Form
On-Line Letter of Support



California 4-H individual youth members, adult volunteers, program staff, and groups of two or more 4-H members/volunteers/staff are eligible to apply for all three-grant categories.

Individuals and groups may be awarded only once in each grant category during a 12-month period. Individuals can apply and be awarded a grant as an individual and as part of a group in the same grant category as long as the project areas are different.

Individuals and groups may apply in multiple categories. The selection committee reserves the option of moving applications to another category if they feel it would be a better match.

Applications are evaluated on how well the applicant meets the description of the category and overall participation within 4-H. Group applications consisting of youth and adults need to demonstrate strong youth-adult partnerships. Youth members and adult volunteers must obtain one letter of support from their county 4-H staff when applying.  


Grant awardee(s) must use the award funds solely for the purposes outlined in the proposal. Awards will be mailed to winner’s county 4-H office, which will be distributed to the awardee(s).

Awardee(s) will be recognized on the California state 4-H website and social media accounts.

Awardee(s) will have approximately 9 months from receipt of the grant funds to complete the project, submit a the final report (4-H Delivers) and final budget. Final reports must include a description of the how the award was spent as well as photos and/or videos. Failure to comply will result in disqualification from applying for JOANN 4-H grants for a 12-month period.

Certificates and pins will be mailed once the final report is submitted. Group recipients will be awarded pins for every group member and one certificate per group.  

2018-2019 JOANN Project Grants Grantees

JOANN 4-H Service Learning Project Grants

County: Humboldt
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Freshwater 4-H
Individual or Group Project: Individual
Project Area: Fiber Arts
Project Name: Fiber Arts 
Project Summary: We are excited as we just embarked on a new adventure as this year we have a new Fiber Arts group. We would like to share this joy and further enrich our community by providing a hands-on experience to others. We would love to share our skills and teach others by providing the supplies and guidance to try their hands at Fiber Arts. We can inspire many others to further their skills in this area as we would love to continue to keep Fiber Arts alive in our community as our ancestors did.

County: Monterey
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Monterey County 4-H Youth Council
Individual or Group Project: Group 
Project Area: Clothing and Textiles
Project Name: Operation Suds!
Project Summary: The Women’s Shelter in Monterey County is in need of laundry assistance, such as soap, laundromat cards and ways to transport laundry. We would like to make colorful laundry bags for families.

JOANN 4-H Spark Project Grants

County: Imperial
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Magnolia 4-H/Imperial County Fashion Revue group
Individual or Group Project: Group
Project Area: Fashion Revue
Project Name: Fashion Revue 2019
Project Summary: The intent of the Imperial County Fashion Revue is to help youth understand the principles of clothing selection, and how to spend a budgeted amount wisely. Participants are challenged to construct garments in various categories (Traditional, Consumer Science, Box Challenge, Make It Mine and Historical Challenge). The member will produce and model the garment or outfit for judging and participate in a fashion show.

County: Sonoma
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Two Rock 4-H
Individual or Group Project: Group
Project Area: Leathercrafts
Project Name: Leathercrafts 
Project Summary: Children will learn the skills of tooling leather, and make wearable and everyday objects like belts, bookmarks, key chains, Native American dream catchers with beading, and more to enter into the county fair. We will teach children leathercrafts and help them learn a skill that will promote self-confidence and pride in their work.

County: Butte
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Oroville Foothill 4-H Club
Individual or Group Project: Individual 
Project Area: Music & Instruments
Project Name: Making Musical Instruments
Project Summary: We always start with safety, then talk about the physics of music and tuning. Members will be given a choice of beginning instruments like pentatonic chimes, multi-cultural flutes, bullroarers, and didgeridoos. Members will learn the basics of playing their instrument. Advanced members will move onto more complicated projects like xylophones, ukuleles, cajons, electric guitars and basses. Members will be able to present their projects at Rainbow Craft Day.

JOANN 4-H Innovative Project Grants

County: Capitol Corridor
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Capitol Corridor MCP
Individual or Group Project: Group
Project Area: Clothing & Textiles
Project Name: Capitol Corridor 4-H Fashion Revue
Project Summary: We have been working through the MCP to offer Fashion Revue for all three counties in one event, Capitol Corridor Fashion Revue. Through use of STEAM Clothing Curriculum, we hope to increase event participation & STEM interest, as well as strengthen 4-H youth educational experiences.  Through the use of STEAM Clothing Curriculum, project members will learn about textiles through fun science experiments, as well as learn beginning math and engineering techniques in clothing construction.

County: Butte
4-H Group/Club/Unit Name: Oroville Foothill 4-H Club
Individual or Group Project: Group
Project Area: Hobbies
Project Name: 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics
Project Summary: 4-H Junk Drawer Robotics is the national 4-H robotics program. This program starts with the basics of engineering and design. Youth will begin with designing an arm with hands and grippers that moves. The next step is to design machines that roll, slide or move underwater. In the final stage, members will explore the connection between mechanical and electronic elements of robotics including sensors, circuits, programming and designing a robot.


Cycle 1: Closed

September 26, 2019: Final Reports Due

Pins and certificates will be distributed after reports are submitted.

Cycle 2: February 2019

Dates may be subject to change

February 5, 2019: Applications open

March 27, 2019: Applications close at 7pm

April 24, 2019: Winners Notified 

January 11, 2020: Final reports Due

Pins and certificates will be distributed after reports are submitted.

Frequently Asked Questions

See the Frequently Asked Questions and answers about the JOANN Paper Clover and 4-H Project Grants.



For questions or concerns, please contact: Jessica Bautista, jbautista@ucanr.edu.

Grant Completion

All grant awardees must complete their project within approximately nine (9) months of receipt of the grant funds.

  • Cycle 1 4-H Delivers reports and final budgets due September 26, 2019
  • Cycle 2 4-H Delivers reports and final budgets due January 11, 2020

Final reports must submitted through the link below and must include:

  • 4-H Delivers Story (A description of how the award was spent)
  • Photos and/or video
  • Final budget with receipts/documentation

Click here to Submit Final report

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