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Grants available for ag-clubs in South Dakota

Applications are due by October 31st

By Diego Flammini,

4-H clubs, FFA chapters and Family Career and Community Leaders of America chapters are eligible for funding through the Building our South Dakota Rural Communities program.

The funding, announced by the South Dakota Department of Agriculture, is designed to demonstrate the importance of community organizations that work together to improve rural life in the state.

“We have seen a lot of great projects over the years,” says Terri LaBrie, finance administrator with the department.  “Some examples of what the grant may be used for include constructing flower beds for the community or a building a wheel chair ramp for a business as well as older students putting on a farm safety class for younger students.”

There are two types of grants being offered:

  • $750 per project designed to help improve the community
  • $200 per project that’s goal is to increase public safety

Applications must be completed and submitted by October 31st, 2015.  The applications must contain information including expenses, objectives and a description of the project.

Winners of the grants will be announced near the end of November.

South Dakota relies heavily on agriculture as it is the state’s premier industry, generating more than $21 billion for the economy and keeping more than 122,000 people employed.

Join the conversation and tell us if you’ll consider applying for one of the grants. What kind of initiative would you put forward?

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