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Grants available to 4-H, FFA, FCCLA clubs

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture announces that grant funding is now available through the Building Our South Dakota Rural Communities (BOSDRC) grant program.

Grants are open to 4-H clubs, FFA chapters, and Family Career and Community Leaders (FCCLA) of America chapters. The grants are designed to demonstrate the importance of communities and organizations working together to improve rural life.

Two types of grants are available. The basic grant is used for community improvement projects and is limited to $750 per project. The safety grant is used for projects that enhance public safety and is limited to $200 per project.

"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."

“Some examples of what the grant may be used for include constructing flower beds for the community or building a wheelchair ramp for a business as well as older students putting on a farm safety class for younger students.” Terri LaBrie, finance administrator for the South Dakota Department of Agriculture

Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than Oct. 31, 2015. All applications must be submitted on the approved forms for Fiscal Year 2016. Grant application forms and more information on the program, including reporting requirement, are available at http://sdda.sd.gov under the Agricultural Development tab and click on Finance Programs. Please call 605-773-5436 for questions on this grant program. Grant awardees will be announced at the end of November.

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