Military Investment Grant Awards

The Department of Economic Development has announced that it will award a total of $198-thousand-500-hundred-dollars through the Military Community Reinvestment Grant Program to the Leonard Wood Institute and Whiteman Area Leadership Council. The grant awards will benefit Fort Leonard Wood and Whiteman Air Force Base while supporting their communities and potential for future investments.

MCRG assists communities with military bases by encouraging coordination with defense agencies, planning for anticipated federal government closures, and supporting new or expanded military missions. The program helps organizations address the needs of military families like housing and childcare. Meeting these needs helps attract military investment, which brings skilled workers to the area and boosts its economic health. According to Acting Director of Missouri Department of Economic Development, Maggie Kost, the grants are incredibly important to ensure the long-term vitality of Missouri’s military communities and the missions that they house.