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Mini Grants

Mini Grants Available! 

We are excited to share that at our meeting tonight 2/23/2022, your SD 4-H Leaders decided to open a special funding application period for another round of Mini Grants for the current 4-H year.  The same application and criteria will be used.  Mini grant applications are due March 30th – received via email or postmarked by 3/30/2022.  Late applications will not be considered.

  Mini Grant Application - Special Funding 2022 - Pdf version
  Mini Grant Application - Special Funding 2022 - Word version

The grant amount available per county is $400. Counties may choose to do projects together – 2 counties can apply for $800 for a combined project – 3 counties can apply for $1200 for a combined project. The max amount available for a single project is $1200.

Special note – this grant amount available is on a per 4-H year basis.  If your county submitted a mini grant application in December 2021 and received funding in January 2022, your county is not eligible to apply for this special funding round.

What is a Mini Grant?  Each year, the South Dakota 4-H Leaders Association awards Mini-Grants across the state to county or 4-H club projects. The purpose of the 4-H Grants Program is to address youth needs at the local level. The 4-H Leaders Association recognizes that the greatest impact of 4-H occurs at the local level, usually between youth and 4-H volunteers.

Criteria for awarding funds include:

* Potential for youth involvement in the planning and implementation of the project.
* Potential impact on addressing youth issues at a local level through either a traditional or nontraditional setting.
* Potential for increasing life skill outcomes for youth.

* Potential for reaching expanded youth audiences e.g. at-risk low income, single parent families, other cultures, disabled, etc.
* Potential for transitioning new youth audiences into more “traditional” or ongoing 4-H programs.

Grants funds can be used to purchase educational materials and supplies, expenses/honorariums for speakers, travel and training. Generally, snacks for refreshments, give-away items, e.g. t-shirts, etc. and building rental are not approved expenditures. Monies can’t be used for capital equipment or hardware (defined as items and material with a life expectancy of greater than five years) or building drives.


Here is the list from 2021-2022 - Mini Grants Winners Announced for the Regular 2022 Funding period for applications due 12/31/2021!

  We chose 11 projects for a total or $7520 in grants.  

  • Aurora-Buffalo-Jerauld-Sanborn - Food, Fun 4-H
  • Butte - Enhance Elevate to Educate
  • Codington-Marshall-Brown - 4-H Dash Regional Junior Leadership Summit
  • Day - Fairgrounds Flower Tubs
  • Deuel-Clark-Brookings - KidKare Training
  • Grant - Maple Syrup Production
  • Haakon-Jackson - Food Fun 4-H Rural Edition
  • Lawrence - Kindness Rocks Garden
  • Miner - 4-H Cloverbuds
  • Roberts - Threshing Bee
  • Turner-Hutchinson - Beginner Poultry Education Program

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