March 13, 2019

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


Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 19 youth groups from across Missouri were awarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Building Our American Communities grant program. Eleven local chapters of the Missouri FFA Association and eight Missouri 4-H clubs statewide have been awarded funds for their community service projects this year.

“It’s important that we continue to support youth as they seek leadership opportunities to serve their communities,” said Director Chinn. “I am so proud of each of the Missouri FFA chapters and 4-H clubs that were awarded these grants and thank them for showing up and making a difference in their community. They are truly inspiring to all of us in Missouri agriculture. ” 

Each of the 2019 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 2019 grant recipients are:


FFA Chapters

  • Lamar FFA, Lamar (Barton County)
  • El Dorado Springs FFA, El Dorado Springs (Cedar County)
  • Ste. Genevieve FFA, Ste. Genevieve (Ste. Genevieve County)
  • Delta FFA, Delta (Cape Girardeau County)
  • Sullivan FFA, Franklin (Franklin County)
  • West Plains FFA, West Plains (Howell County)
  • Eldon FFA, Eldon (Miller County)
  • Appleton City FFA, Appleton City (St. Clair County)
  • Tarkio FFA, Tarkio (Atchison County)
  • Bevier FFA, Bevier (Macon County)
  • Milan FFA, Milan (Sullivan County)


4-H Clubs

  • T-Town 4-H, Tuscumbia (Miller County)
  • Spring Garden 4-H, Olean (Miller County)
  • Elkhorn 4-H, Warrenton (Warren County)
  • Lucky Clover Valley 4-H, West Plains (Howell County)
  • Learn A Do 4-H, Lamar (Barton County)
  • City Clovers 4-H, Lamar (Barton County)
  • Brookfield 4-Hers, Bucklin (Linn County)
  • Green Hills 4-H, Milan (Sullivan County)                


The Building Our American Communities program has been supporting youth projects since the 1970s. Each year, youth organizations throughout Missouri submit proposals for consideration for the grants that support specific projects within each community.

4-H clubs and FFA chapters awarded grants this year must complete their projects no later than Aug. 1, 2019.

For more information about the Missouri Department of Agriculture and its programs, visit the Department online at Agriculture.Mo.Gov.