South Dakota Agricultural Foundation awards 14 grants to youth-focused projects

South Dakota Agricultural Foundation
Farm Forum

PIERRE, S.D. – The South Dakota Agricultural Foundation is proud to announce the recipients of the organization’s annual Building Rural Communities (BRC) and Ag Innovators (AI) Youth Education grants. This year, the Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling $28,770.00 to support innovative youth ag education programs and rural community projects.

The Building Rural Communities Grant and Ag Innovators Youth Education Grant are designed to support ongoing agriculture-related community and safety projects along with innovative ideas in youth agricultural education.

“We’re thrilled to continue to support youth ag education, future ag leaders, and raise up rural communities through these grants. These projects reflect the core values of the SD Ag Foundation,” said Chris Maxwell, the organization’s executive director.

The Building Rural Communities (BRC) grants support community improvement projects and projects that enhance public safety. These student-led and implemented projects are open to 4-H Clubs, FFA Chapters, and Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Chapters. BRC grants totaling $3,150.00 were awarded to five grantees for 2021, including:

  • Avon Sweet Clovers 4-H Club, Bon Homme County
  • Dell Rapids FCCLA, Minnehaha County
  • Hitchock-Tulare FFA, Beadle/Spink County
  • Lake County 4-H Club, Lake County
  • Tyndall Clever Clovers 4-H Club, Bon Homme County

The Ag Innovators (AI) Youth Education grants fund creative projects offering more agriculture-related innovation and leadership programs for youth. Selected programs involve a combination of agriculture, innovation, technology and leadership in the area of youth education and address an educational need or opportunity in a more innovative, effective, equitable, or sustainable way than existing approaches. This year, the foundation awarded nine AI Youth Education grants totaling $25,620.00.

  • BIG Idea Competition
  • Central Plains Dairy Foundation
  • Ground Works & SD Ag in the Classroom
  • Hutchinson County 4-H Leaders Association (Hutchinson County)
  • Lower Brule Research
  • Mitchell Technical Institute
  • Community Youth & Involved Center (Stanley/Hughes County)
  • SD Ag and Rural Leadership
  • SD FFA Foundation Inc

For additional information about the SD Ag Foundation, call (605)412-4008 or email