The EXCITE Newsletter: December 2nd, 2021

Call for projects to “Spotlight” in January 

Now that most of your projects are well underway, we’re looking to share more teams’ good work. We are looking for teams to self-nominate to present their project/program at the Thursday, January Spotlight 6th in 5-minute “Ignite/Lightning”-style presentations.

Please contact Katie Stofer with your interest by Wednesday, Dec. 8. Details to follow!

Leadership Corner – Avoiding Burnout

As we close out into the end of another incredibly tough year, we are hearing many teams talk about burnout in their work. Here’s a 2-minute blog post from Karl Bradley of the Extension Foundation to give you tools and perspective to help alleviate some of that stress (and is relevant all year long!)

Social Media Resources

Digital Engagement Specialist Rose Hayden-Smith will be joining our Spotlight today to give her tips for social media and will provide different tools and resources in the session for those utilizing social media in your projects. Rose has compiled a resource and tip sheet on social media for your reference here.

Connect Extension Subgroup Updated by Dr. Rose Hayden-Smith:

Technology in Extension Education (TEE) subgroup (posts, links, videos, etc.) – 100+ short blog posts about social media, etc.

CDC Rural Health Day Tweet

Below is an image of CDC’s Rural Health Day Tweet. We heard a lot of positive responses from our CDC partners. If you had anyone contact you about your EXCITE work as a result of the tweet, please let us know about it by sending an email to us at

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A1 Project Wrap-up

As some of you approach the end of your A1 project activities, we remind you of the following process for closing out your grants.

  1. When you have spent 80% of the grant funds, please send an email to your financial contact in your award documents.
  2. Complete the final financial report, due 60 days after the project end date.
  3. Complete the final program evaluation report, due 90 days after the project end date.

Find the full checklist for project close-out here or posted on the website. Please note if you are planning to end your project before January 31, 2022, there will be additional steps necessary.

Reporting Reminders for Remainder of the Year

Past Due:  A1 quarterly financial reports
Due Nov. 30: A1 November monthly reports and A2 quarterly program/evaluation reports

Due Dec. 15: A2 quarter 2 financial reports

Due Dec. 31: A1 December monthly program/evaluation reports – you are welcome to submit early, especially if your activities for the month wrap-up early.