The EXCITE Newsletter: October 14th 2022

Action Items:

  • Apply for the Design PhaseReceive 10,000 to help support support staff time to develop partnerships and strategies for successful project implementation. The application is open now and the funding is not competitive. See the Design Phase RFA
    and application here.
  • Take the Design Phase Feedback Survey
    If you attended the Excite funding launch or watched the recording, would you please respond to this survey to help direct our steps in terms of supporting you as you prepare for the design phase to help us collect feedback about the project kick-off and launch of the Design Phase. Thank you for your help!
  • Send us your Project Pictures!
    If you have any pictures of your project in action you would be willing to share, please reply to this Newsletter, or E-mail the them to As we put together end of project presentations these pictures will be valuable visual representation of the work we’ve accomplished, and help tell the story of EXCITE. Please note that we would only like pictures that have followed your institutions protocol on getting the appropriate permission to publish photos.
  • Record Your Past and Upcoming Project Sharing
    Please share on this sheet if your team is planning or has already presented your project findings to audiences outside of Extension. We see that some of you have presented posters and want to be sure to capture that as a part of our project!

EXCITE Design Phase Workshop: Priority Population and Partnerships

Thanks to all who joined yesterday for the first workshop of the Design Phase! If you weren’t able to attend, we advise you to watch the recording and view the slides because it was a great session packed with information essential to preparing your application for success in the following phase.

What was covered:

  • how to identify and work with a priority population
  • resources on how to collect data on your audience that would enable you to understand their knowledge of vaccinations.
  • how to categorize the nature of your partnership as well as the
  • many partnership types that will be approved and required in this project.
  • The details you will need to provide on your implementation application about your planned partnerships and priority population




New Regional Impact Stories Available for Download

We are pleased to share with you a regional compilation of data for the EXCITE project.  These infographics are intended to provide an understanding of the regional and national effort. This data originates from the monthly reports also available on the EXCITE Dashboard that each of the institutions provides and is inclusive through July,2022.


There is also additional space that an individual institution can utilize with their project information on the second page. Each region has a file folder that contains images of the front and back design, an Adobe InDesign File, and a PDF version. We invite you to utilize the Adobe InDesign File and update as needed, while maintaining logos for Cooperative Extension and the Extension Foundation. The files are available for download at this link.

NextGen Funding Opportunity

The primary goal of the From Learning to Leading: Cultivating the Next Generation of Diverse Food and Agriculture Professionals Program (NEXTGEN) is to enable 1890 Land-grant institutions, 1994 Land-grant institutions, Alaska Native-serving institutions and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions, Hispanic-serving institutions, and insular area institutions of higher education located in the U.S. territories to engage, recruit, retain, train, and support students to help build and sustain the next generation of the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) workforce including the future USDA workforce.
NextGen supported projects should enable student scholarship support, meaningful paid internships, fellowships, and job opportunity matching, and also facilitating opportunities to learn the processes and pathways leading to training and employment in the federal sector.

We think there are many opportunities for EXCITE projects to apply for this funding to help sustain their long term project efforts, as many projects are already partnered with students. We want to make sure health and human science projects are represented in this effort!

See more information on support for applying to this opportunity here.