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4-H SPIN Club - 2016 4-H SPIN Club Equipment Grants

The Maine 4-H SPecial INterest Club Equipment Grants funding program seeks to encourage innovative local Special Interest Clubs designed to promote the 4-H mission and support positive youth development experiences for youth. In our second year, we have earmarked $3000 in available funding. A key objective of this initiative is to reach new 4-H audiences and priority will be given to STEM-related projects.

Who Can Apply

Maine 4-H SPecial INterest Club Equipment Grants are available to new Special Interest Clubs that are in need of equipment to begin their club. The Special Interest Club can be formed around any variety of topics. Club leaders, in partnership with their county staff are encouraged to apply.

Grant Requirements

  • All SPIN Club members must be enrolled as 4-H members
  • SPIN Club must have a minimum of four members
  • SPIN Club must meet a minimum of six times
  • SPIN Club must participate in a culminating project or event appropriate to the club topic.
  • Submission of the SPIN Club Evaluation Report is to be submitted to Jen Lobley, Extension Educator for Volunteer Development, within 30 days of the culminating activity.

Club Award

Funds received must be spent on non-consumable equipment for the club to share. All equipment purchased is the property of Maine 4-H and is to be recorded at the local Extension Office as inventory. SPIN club volunteers must work with Extension staff to make purchases in accordance with University purchasing procedures. The following are possible topics with suggested equipment. These topics serve as examples and will not necessarily receive priority in funding.

  • Video Club: iFlip videos, miniDVD camcorder with tripod, directional handheld microphone, wireless lavalier microphone, laptop installed with video and sound editing software.
  • Robotics: Commercial robotics kits, NXT, TETRIX, CEENBoT, and Vex platforms.
  • Shooting Sports: Clay target throwers, air rifles, bows, safety nets and target mats for archery, safety glasses and ear protection etc.  Maine 4-H Shooting Sports program does not allow the purchase of shotguns and/or .22 caliber rifles.

A county may submit a 4-H SPIN club grant application for up to $300. If a county wishes to submit more than one grant application, the total amount for the county’s grant requests will need to total no more than $300.

Proposal Format

Maine 4-H Special Interest Club Equipment Grant proposals must be submitted online. Each topic must be addressed in order for the proposal to be considered for funding; proposals with parts missing will not be considered for funding. The topics are:

  1. Target Youth Audience
  2. Club Activities
  3. Club Timeline
  4. Essential Elements (BIG-M) to provide Support for Positive Youth Development (PYD)
  5. Club Youth Leadership Structure
  6. Plans to Assure 4-H Membership Awareness
  7. Public Awareness
  8. Equipment Log and Request Form


Due Date

Applications will be accepted any time throughout the year and will be awarded pending available funds. There is no specific due date. Applicants will be notified within two weeks. Please note- grant requests should be submitted early enough to allow sufficient time to order the equipment prior to your club start up date. Ordering and processing can take up to 2-3 weeks.


For reporting purposes, a SPIN Club Evaluation Report will be provided when a program is funded. The 4-H SPIN Club Evaluative Summary Report (Report Online | download PDF) must be completed and returned to Jen Lobley, Extension Educator for Volunteer Development, within 30 days after the club is completed.

For More Information

Contact Jen Lobley, Extension Educator for Volunteer Development at 207.255.3345 or

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Cooperative Extension: 4-H
103 Libby Hall
Orono, Maine 04469
Phone: 1.800.287.0274
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Orono, Maine 04469
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