Grants available to 4-H Clubs and FFA or FCCLA chapters

Farm Forum

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) announces that grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.

As summer comes to an end and school begins across the state, we start getting into a routine again. It’s time to start thinking about those projects in your communities that need a face lift or improvement. These grants were developed to demonstrate the importance of rural communities and the value of organizations that work together to improve rural life and are open to 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, and Family Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA) of America chapters.

“Any time we as a state can encourage our youth to get involved in their communities is a great thing,” says South Dakota secretary of agriculture Mike Jaspers. “Not only does learning take place in the classroom, but also whenever our youth learn to take pride in their communities. When they see their efforts help those around them, it makes grant program such as this so worthwhile.”

Any 4-H club, FFA or FCCLA chapter in South Dakota can apply for the BOSDRC grant. Two types of grants are available. The basic grant is used for community improvement projects and is limited to $750 per project. The safety grant is used for projects that enhance public safety and is limited to $200 per project. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than Oct. 31, 2016. Grant awardees will be announced at the end of November.

All applications must be submitted on the official forms for Fiscal Year 2017. Grant application forms and more information on the program, including reporting requirements, are available at under the Agricultural Development tab and click on Finance Programs. Please call 605.773.5436 for questions on this grant program.