On Friday,  Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 21 youth organizations from across Missouri werawarded grants from the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s 2020 Building Our American Communities grant program. In total, 10 Missouri FFA chapters and 11 Missouri 4-H clubs statewide were awarded funds for their community service projects this year.

“Missouri FFA and Missouri 4-H do a great job of fostering a spirit of service within their local chapters,” said Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn. “There is nothing more important than teaching young people to take care of those around them. We hope that the BOAC grant program is the encouragement these young people need to initiate their own service projects.”

Each of the 2020 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 2020 grant recipients are:

Missouri FFA chapters includes El Dorado Springs FFA,

Missouri 4-H clubs includes Osage River 4-H, Schell City

Missouri FFA chapters and Missouri 4-H clubs awarded grants this year must complete their projects no later than Aug. 1, 2020.