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Financial Guidelines for Extension Clubs & Groups

Master Gardener groups and 4-H clubs are programs of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture – Cooperative Extension Service (hereinafter referred to as UADA-CES or Extension). As such, Extension is responsible for how club and group activities are conducted and reported. Extension has a responsibility to conduct its programs in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, maintain the public trust, and safeguard the positive image of the organization. Because so many Extension programs are delivered in conjunction with local volunteers, it is imperative that all parties understand their roles and responsibilities regarding Extension activities.

The primary purpose of this site and the Financial Guidelines document is to provide guidance for county Extension personnel and club and group volunteers when conducting and recording financial transactions related to club and group activities. For topics not already addressed in UADA policies, the guidance in the Financial Guidelines document carries the same weight as UADA policies. If any inadvertent conflicts exist between this document and formal UADA policies, formal policies prevail.

The Arkansas Extension Homemakers Council (AEHC), 4-H foundations, and any other separately incorporated organizations are not covered by these guidelines.

The Financial Guidelines are frequently revised to provide clarifications and additional information as new questions arise. The latest version is dated February 2024. The main changes from the December 2023 version are:

  1. P. 6 under Purchasing/Payments - Changed up to three business days for processing to at least three business days for processing.
  2. P. 6 under Purchasing/Payments - Changed requests for reimbursement must be made within 90 days to within 30 days.
  3. P. 6 under Purchasing/Payments - Added “See Receipts and Personal Reimbursement section in this document for more information.”
  4. Old p. 13 / new p. 14 under Program Awards – Removed cash and savings bonds from description of monetary awards.
  5. Added a new section starting on p. 9 – Receipts & Personal Reimbursements
  6. Revised Purchase-Payment request form – right column -  to read “at least” instead of “up to” 3 business days.

Financial Guidelines

Download Financial Guidelines-February 2024

(If you need the Word Doc format, contact Kyleen Prewett at 501-671-2180 or

End-of-Year Financial Reporting

Annual financial reports for calendar year 2023 are required for clubs and groups that maintained a separate bank account and/or that had qualifying inventory during that time. In these cases, the reporting year is January 1 through December 31 of each year. Reports are due to the county office by April 15, 2024, and to the state office by April 30, 2024.  

Annual financial reporting form

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For questions about reporting, contact Kyleen Prewett at 501-671-2180 or