Application period open
The application period for the Community-Initiated Grant Program is now open. Download the request for applications and see below for information and application instructions. Applications are due by September 1, 2020.
As part of the HICAHS Outreach Program, funds are provided to organizations to augment their existing worker health and safety programs or create new ones. In addition to financial support, HICAHS can provide expertise to organizations on improving or evaluating their existing health and safety materials. All funded projects must focus on improving the health or safety of agricultural, forestry, or fishing workers. Priority is given to organizations/projects addressing this population in Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and/or Wyoming.
Funded organizations often work closely with university personnel and stakeholders to implement a project of their choice. Successful projects utilize social marketing and are attentive to cultural considerations. Previously, funds have been used to develop video training materials, support professional training certifications, create print/digital campaign materials, and facilitate in-person training events. Applicants may request up to $20,000.
PAST PROJECT EXAMPLES
- Training and ATV safety certification of extension agents
Montana State University Extension, University of Wyoming Extension
- Creating videos on the proper use of chainsaws
Montana State University Extension Forestry
- Training Latinx workers on the importance of safety education
Colorado Livestock Association
- Development of a training video on livestock handling and human safety
New Mexico State Extension
- Assessing sources of stress in Latinx dairy workers in the I-29 corridor
South Dakota State University Dairy Extension
- Development of a training curriculum for a heavy machinery operation simulator
Montana Logging Association
- Applications are due by 11:59pm MDT September 1, 2020. Email your application as a single PDF or Word file to Whitney.Pennington@colostate.edu.
Applications are scored according to the following criteria:
- Compatibility to the HICAHS mission and grant program objectives;
- Significance of the problem and demonstrated need for the project; and
- Potential magnitude of regional and community impact.
- Funds will be made available once a subcontract has been finalized between the applicant organization and Colorado State University. This process may require additional time to complete due to audit and/or financial risk assessment requirements.
- Purchases made/expenses incurred after this date will not be eligible for reimbursement.
- Although a formal interim report will not be required, HICAHS staff will be in touch with awardees on a quarterly basis to check-in on their progress.
- A final written report must be submitted within 90 days after the end of the budget period. Please use this final report template.
- The organization must acknowledge support from the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety in all publications and presentations resulting from the award, using CDC NIOSH U54OH008085. Use of the HICAHS logo is encouraged, and logo files are available by emailing email@example.com.