4-H Community Service Grants

Through generous grants from Crader Distributing and Stihldealers.com, as well as DuPont Pioneer, the Missouri 4-H Foundation offers grants of up to $1,000 to match funding for a 4-H community service project.

Successful 4-H community service projects fulfill the following goals:

  • Projects are youth-driven: youth are involved in planning, fundraising and execution.
  • Projects offer youth opportunities to serve, work, and develop life skills.
  • Projects reflect youth/community partnerships.
  • Projects are geared to the skill level of youth participants.
  • Projects demonstrate a "Return on Investment" in the community.

4-H Community Service Grants will not fund:

  • Facility improvement projects that primarily require adult labor (such as specialized construction skills or heavy equipment operations).
  • Annual flower gardens.
  • Flag poles.
  • Fundraising events that benefit the 4-H program hosting the event.

Successful project examples include: state lake improvements and waterfowl box construction, raised garden construction at nursing homes, community vegetable gardens, heirloom gardens at historic sites, day camps and events for special needs youth, recycling events and more...

How to request funds:

In order to be considered for a community service grant, applications must:

  1. Be submitted be an organized 4-H entity such as a county 4-H council, 4-H club, county 4-H foundation or county MU Extension council acting on behalf of the 4-H group.
  2. Be signed by a 4-H member or leader and the 4-H youth specialist or YPA responsible for the county from which the proposal is submitted.
  3. Involve 4-H members and adult volunteers, as well as other youth, adults and community members in a meaningful project to serve others, improve the community and make a difference. 4-H members should be actively involved in "learning by doing" through community service.
  4. Demonstrate receipt of matching funds or in-kind contributions. Grant monies must have at least 100% match funds. For example, a $100 grant request must have $100 in matching funds or in-kind contributions such as labor, materials, supplies, etc. Youth labor is a priority.
  5. Include a detailed budget.
  6. Include a public relations plan. Describe how your group will work with the media and other community information sources to recognize 4-H, the Missouri 4-H Foundation, Crader Distributing and Stihldealers.com, or DuPont Pioneer.

We highly encourage you to read How to write a winning Missouri 4-H Foundation Community Service Grant application (PDF) before applying for funds.

4-H Community Service Grant Application (DOC)


Community service project funders require a full accounting of grant awards. A final report must be submitted within 30 days of project completion. Groups that do not submit a completed report will not be considered for future funding. As the project progresses, be sure to record:

  1. The number of youth and adult volunteers working on the project and the total number of hours worked.
  2. Expenses, gifts-in-kind, community donations, etc.
  3. Include photos, news clippings and other materials with your report. Please show youth and adults actively participating in the project wearing shirts or hats with the 4-H clover.

4-H Community Service Grant Report Form (DOC)

For questions regarding 4-H Community Service Grants, please contact the Missouri 4-H Foundation office at 4hfoundation@missouri.edu or 1-800-642-8041.