On Friday, Director of Agriculture Chris Chinn announced that 21 youth organizations from across Missouri were awarded 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. 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. Among the 4-H Clubs in the KJEL listening area to receive funds is, the Silver Spurs 4-H, Versailles (Morgan County), Shamrock 4-H, in California (Moniteau County), Osage River 4-H, Schell City (Cedar County), Eudora 4-H, Dadeville (Polk County). FFA Chapters to receive funding includes the California FFA, California (Moniteau County), Versailles FFA, Versailles (Morgan County), and El Dorado Springs FFA, El Dorado Springs (Cedar 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. Missouri FFA chapters and Missouri 4-H clubs awarded grants this year must complete their projects no later than August 1st, 2020.