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Community-Initiated Grants


 Community-Initiated Grants Contacts

The application period is currently closed. It is tentatively scheduled to re-open in early 2020. In the meantime, you can review the previous application documents below. 

Request for Applications & Instructions

Additional application documents:
Application signature page
Budget Worksheet

As part of the HICAHS Outreach Program, funds are provided to agricultural and forestry organizations to augment their existing health and safety programs. 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.

Past projects have included the training of Extension Agents on ATV safety (Montana State University Extension, University of Wyoming Extension), creating videos on the proper use of chain saws (Montana Extension), training Hispanic workers on the importance of safety education (Colorado Livestock Association), and development of a training video on livestock and human safety (New Mexico State Extension). 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.

2019-2020 Key Dates and Information

Request for applications released​ July 1, 2019​
​Applications due ​September 1, 2019
​Award notification ​September 30, 2019
​Estimated project start date - Round 1 ​November 14, 2019
​Estimated project start date - Round 2 ​March 14, 2020
​Budget end date - all projects ​August 14, 2020
​Project report due - all projects ​November 14, 2020

Projects Currently Funded 

  • University of Wyoming Extension - ATV Safety
  • Colorado State University Extension, Montezuma County - ATV Safety for Youth
  • Montana Logging Association - Equipment Simulator Training
  • Montana Weed Control Association - UTV Safety
  • South Dakota State University Dairy Extension - Dairy Worker Mental Health

Completed Projects

Montana State University Extension Forestry - Chainsaw Safety Videos

chain saw safety

Montana Logging Association - Heavy Equipment Training Videos


Wyoming Stock Growers Association - "ATV use in Agriculture" Safety Campaign