January 25, 2024

Director of Ag Announces Grants for 4-H, FFA Youth Service Projects

Seventeen youth organizations to receive funds for 2024.


Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 17 youth organizations from across Missouri have been awarded 2024 Building Our American Communities grants. Five Missouri FFA chapters and 12 Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for their community service projects this year.

“It is essential that we continue to cultivate a strong passion for agriculture in our young people,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “Missouri FFA and 4-H youth continually demonstrate leadership and generosity, and their work on these projects inspires me. I congratulate each of the participating organizations and thank them for making a difference in their community.” 

Each of the 2024 awardees will receive $500 toward their projects, which may include upgrades or additions to existing facilities, grounds or buildings, such as fairgrounds, parks or community centers used by local organizations. The 2024 grant recipients are:

FFA Chapters

West Platte FFA Chapter, Weston (Platte County)
Hillsboro FFA Chapter, Hillsboro (Jefferson County)
St. James FFA Chapter, St. James (Phelps County)
Fredericktown FFA Chapter, Fredericktown (Madison County)
Drexel FFA Chapter, Drexel (Cass County)

4-H Clubs

Foundation Creation 4-H Club, Maysville (DeKalb County)
Wranglers 4-H Club, Maysville (DeKalb County)
Shelby 4-H Club, Brookfield (Linn County)
Show-Me 4-H Club, Kirksville (Adair County)
40-Ville 4-H Club, Mayview (Lafayette County)
Orrick 4-H Club, Polo (Lafayette County)
Pro-Farmers 4-H Club, Hillsboro (Jefferson County)
Outdoors & More 4-H Club, Steelville (Crawford County)
Daisy 4-H Club, Friedheim (Cape Girardeau County)
Viburnum Blue Jays 4-H Club, Ironton (Iron County)
Learn A Do 4-H Club, Liberal (Barton County)
Greenfield 4-H Club, Greenfield (Dade County)

The Building Our American Communities grant program has been supporting youth projects since the 1970s. Each year, youth organizations throughout Missouri submit proposals for consideration that support specific projects within each community. The grants are funded through Missouri’s Agriculture Development Fund through an agreement with the USDA.

4-H clubs and FFA chapters that are awarded grants this year must complete their projects no later than Aug. 1, 2024.

To learn more about the BOAC grant program, visit agriculture.mo.gov.

For more information on the department and its programs, visit agriculture.mo.gov.