Awards & Grants

Regional & National Extension Awards

Northeast Exceptional Local Educator Award: The purpose of the Exceptional Local Educator Award is to celebrate individuals for the delivery of exceptional programs that are focused on the community level, respond directly to local issues or needs, and engage program planning and assessment throughout.

  • The 2021 award winners have been announced! Watch the winner and runner up recordings here.
  • The 2022 Request for Nominations is LIVE. Nominations are due March 1, 2022.

Previously called the Northeast Exceptional Local Program Award.

ECOP Excellence in Extension Awards: This award is a project of the Extension Committee on Organization and Policy (ECOP)Professional Development Committee. It recognizes Cooperative Extension professionals who excel at Extension programming, make a positive impact on constituents served, and provide visionary leadership for the System. One national winner and one winner from each of the five ECOP regions are recognized each year.

  • The 2021 awards cycle has concluded. Information on the 2022 cycle will be distributed directly to NEED members. You can learn more about the award here.


Multistate Urban Extension Grants: NEED is excited to assist interstate collaborations that support, advance or promote a variety of Extension initiatives that directly target or build capacity for programs that reach urban audiences. . Proposals must involve participation by Extension personnel from a minimum of two states in the Northeast Region.

Other funding opportunities open to Cooperative Extension: Check out NEED’s curated list of available grants. This list is updated weekly.