The Mariee C. Wallace and the Leadership Development and Citizen Engagement (LDCE) Steering Committee encourages you to apply for a LDCE Grant. Grant proposals can be for up to $1,500.00. LDCE is an educational effort of two partnering organizations: Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service (OCES) and Oklahoma Home and Community Education, Inc. (OHCE). LDCE grants are to provide seed money for emerging leaders to develop and refine leadership skills through specific training or by working on a project of importance to the community, neighborhood or county. The proposed project or training must foster leadership development and citizen involvement.

Emerging leaders learn about leadership when they test and practice their skills by working on a project or participating in leadership development training that results in personal or community improvement. To be considered for a LDCE grant the applicant(s) must clearly indicate how the proposed project or training will enhance leadership, individually or collectively, and/or lead to an improved condition at the community, county or state level. This would be a great project for a 4-H club or 4-H teen leader to conduct. There is not deadline on applying for this grant and if awarded the grant must be completed within one year of grant approval.

Prior to proposal submission, applicants should carefully consider the following selection criteria:

Significance of need for leadership development—this need should be clearly described in the proposal

Evidence of how emerging leaders will increase and/or enhance their leadership skills

Evidence of collaboration among individuals or groups (i.e., school, 4-H, volunteer, and/or professional groups)

Projected impact of leadership training and/or project

It is vitally important that each project proposal clearly indicate how leaders will be developed and/or how community projects will increase citizen involvement in addressing local problems.

For more information about this project and others please give us a call at the office at 918 423-4120 or email me at greg.owen@okstate.edu.