REMINDER: New CoP Proposal Deadline MARCH 1

eXtension is offering an open call to form new Communities of Practice (CoPs) in areas of high interest and impact for state, regional, and national programming. Those interested in forming and applying for funds to support a new community within eXtension should work with their Extension administration to identify subject areas of high impact and need for their respective Extension clientele in their state and region. All new CoPs are to be multi-state, and ultimately grow to be national in scope.

eXtension also encourages state Extension administrations to identify priority areas in their state and region and then actively recruit individuals who have a vested and strong interest in the identified priority area to lead the proposed Community of Practice. Communication and cooperation between Extension administration and subject matter specialists will result in a stronger more cohesive application.

eXtension has appropriated funds to support four new Communities of Practice. Groups submitting applications can request start up funds for up to $50,000.

Application guidelines can be found at

All applications must be submitted as one PDF file including all appropriate application material.

All applications are to be submitted by March 1, 2012. eXtension would like to have funds awarded and communities working by July 1, 2012.

Any questions can be directed to Craig H. Wood ( or Ashley Griffin (