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Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) Sustainable Community Projects


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Application Deadline: Feb 15, 2024


National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)


Provides funding to enable land-grant and Cooperative Extension Systems, in collaboration with other organizations, to develop and deliver educational programs that provide children, youth, and families who are at-risk for not meeting basic human needs with the skills they need to lead positive, productive, and contributing lives. Emphasizes collaboration across disciplines, program areas, and geographic lines to increase the number of high-quality, comprehensive community-based programs available for at-risk children, youth, and families supported by the Cooperative Extension System. The 2 strategic objectives of the Children, Youth, and Families at Risk (CYFAR) program include:

  1. Supporting community education programs for at-risk children, youth, and families with low-income.
  2. Integrating CYFAR programming into ongoing Extension programs for children, youth, families to ensure that at-risk children, youth, and families with low-income continue to have access to opportunities and resources for educational programs.

CYFAR supports the following 2 types of extension projects:

  • Regular Sustainable Community Project (Regular SCP) refers to a single institution applying for funding. The applicant would execute the project at 2 to 3 community sites. There is no requirement to share grant funds with other project partners.
  • Joint Sustainable Community Project (Joint SCP) refers to co-applicants that includes an applicant and 1 or more additional institutions applying for funding. All partners share equal amounts of grant funds to execute the project at 2 to 3 community sites for each eligible land-grant institution partner.

Amount of Funding

Award ceiling:

  • Year 1:
    • $80,000 for Regular SCPs
    • $160,000 for Joint SCPs
  • Years 2 - Year 5:
    • $140,000 per year for Regular SCPs
    • $280,000 per year for Joint SCPs

Project period: Up to 5 years
Estimated number of continuation awards: 25
Estimated total program funding: $5,440,000

  • $1,520,000 for new sustainable community projects
  • $3,920,000 for continuation sustainable community projects

Who Can Apply

Applications may only be submitted by Cooperative Extensions at:

  • 1890 Land-grant institutions, including Tuskegee University, Central State University, and West Virginia State University
  • 1862 Land-grant colleges and universities
  • University of the District of Columbia
  • 1994 Land-grant institutions

Geographic Coverage


What This Program Funds

New Program • Operating Costs and Staffing

Application Process

Application instructions, requirements, and other relevant information can be found in the funding announcement.

Applicant webinar recording


For programmatic questions:
Bonita Williams

Andrea Wikiera

Rural Awards

Past awards communities received in fiscal year 2023 can be found on the program website.

Rural organizations that have received funding include:

  • College of Menominee Nation in Keshena, Wisconsin received funding to provide substance use and mental health training and resources to 100 youth in the rural Keshena and Neopit communities. The project will also include an annual youth summit focused on mental health, drug addiction, historical trauma, and healthy relationships.
  • Ohio State University Extension in Wooster, Ohio was awarded a grant to enhance prevention programs designed to help youth overcome trauma and toxic stress related to substance use and chronic poverty. The program aims to increase protective factors and resiliency for 175 youth in rural Scioto County through school-based programs.

Topics This Program Addresses

Community Planning and Coalition Building • Education and Training • Parents, Families, and Children • Youth