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Mini Grants Available - Apply by December 31st!

We are excited to let you know that the SD 4-H Leaders Association has decided to increase the amount available for mini grants. The grant amount available per county has increased from $200 to $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.

Mini grant applications are due December 31st. They must be received via email or postmarked by 12/31/19. Late applications will not be considered.

http://sd4hleaders.users.santel.net/doc/App-MiniGrant2020.pdf or


Note: If you received a mini grant last year and have not submitted your final report, you are not eligible to apply for a 2020 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.

Camp Assistance - for 2019
The SD 4-H Leaders will once again provide a financial assistance scholarship to 4-H members attending a 4-H camp, Performing Arts, TLC or SDSU Youth Livestock Judging Camp.  The scholarship  amount for 4-H Camp (Poinsett and Bob Marshall) is $25.  The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the camper needs to tell one group about camp.  The application is due by December 31st.  The scholarship amount for Performing Arts or TLC or Livestock Judging Assistance is $50.  The requirement for receiving the scholarship is that the 4-H'er needs to tell two groups about camp.  The application is due by December 31st.  Camp Scholarship Application Form

Camp Assistance Form 2019

Here is how the scholarship program works. 

  • Step 1 – Register for the 2019 camp and pay the full camp fees. 
  • Step 2 – Attend camp and have a great time!! 
  • Step 3 – Tell a group about camp.  For the $25 4-H Camp scholarship, tell one group.  For the $50 TLC or Performing Arts Camp or Livestock Judging Camp scholarship tell two groups. 
  • Step 4 - Complete the camp assistance/scholarship application form with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders.  You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt.

National Trips Scholarship

A $50 scholarship will be available to any SD 4-Her that is chosen at the state level for competing at the national level, where the trip is not funded by SD 4-H. This specifically excludes teams competing at Denver because this trip is funded by LITF (Livestock Industry Trust Fund). Trips specified to be eligible for the $50 scholarship are:

  1. National 4-H Shooting Sports Event in Grand Island, NE in June 2019 – teams competing in Air Pistol, Air Rifle, 22 Rifle, 22 Pistol, Compound Archery, Recurve Archery, Shotgun, Muzzleloader, Hunting Skills
  2. National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest in Madison, WI in Sep/Oct 2019 – Dairy Judging team
  3. North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, KY in November 2019 – Livestock Judging Team
  4. National Land & Range Judging Contest in Oklahoma City, OK in May 2019 – Land Judging team and Range Judging team

4-H members are required to attend the contest, come back and report on the trip to 2 groups, and then submit the request for the $50 scholarship.

National Trips Scholarship Application Form

Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – Attend the event!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your trip. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about the great opportunity you had to compete at the national level in 4-H!

*Step 3 – Complete the application form attached with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2019.

4-H Ambassador Scholarship 

The SD 4-H Leaders offer a scholarship assistance program to provide a $50 scholarship to assist with travel and clothing expenses for 4-H Ambassadors.
Here’s how it works:

*Step 1 – You were chosen as a 4-H Ambassador!

*Step 2 – Tell 2 groups about your Ambassador role and plans. You may choose to tell your 4-H Club, your FFA chapter, a class at school, etc. Spread the word about this great opportunity!

*Step 3 – Complete the application with all signatures and submit to the SD 4-H Leaders. You will receive your scholarship money within 2 weeks of its receipt. Applications are due by December 31, 2019.
4-H Ambassador Scholarship Application Form


Order shirts, hoodies, jackets or hats!

We were excited to offer new shirt logos for the 2019 State Fair! Congratulations to the winning entries from our logo contest submitted by Cally Faulhaber, Angela Munsen and Jackie Kessler! If you weren't able to make it to the State Fair, you can still order your shirt, hoodie, sweatshirt, polo, jacket, or even hat!! The new logos are below and you can find older logos as well as all the shirt style/color options on our shirt page: T-Shirts & Hoodies.  Here is the link to the TShirtOrderFormNew2019.pdf


     Heart Hands logo by Jackie Kessler


     Keeping It Rural Logo by Cally Faulhaber


  Practice Perform Logo by Jackie Kessler


    Heartbeat Logo by Angela Munsen

         Gate Open-Beef by SD 4-H Leaders

            Gate Open-Dairy by SD 4-H Leaders

     Heartbeat-Alumni Logo

      Proud Grandpa Logo by SD 4-H Leaders
           Proud Dad Logo by SD 4-H Leaders
      Proud Mom Logo by SD 4-H Leaders
   Proud Grandma Logo by SD 4-H Leaders


Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H Pendants & Tie Tacks for Sale
These Black Hills Gold/Silver 4-H pendants and tie-tacks sell exclusively from the SD Association of Extension 4-H Professionals. Funds acquired through these sales help offset costs when our SD 4-H advisors/staff go to national meetings and obtain professional development. On the form, the pin is a tie tack and a pendant is a necklace.  Buy for yourself or give as a gift!  Here is the order form:  Black_Hills_Gold__Silver_Order_Form_Fillable.pdf.

SD State Fair Thank You!

Thanks to the efforts of so many that helped make our SD State Fair a grand success!  Congratulations to our 4-H members for many quality projects!

We give a special thank you to our sponsors and support for the 4-H Leader events, that help us be successful with our events along with our volunteers. If you have the opportunity – please offer a personal thank you for their support.

  • SD Beef Industry Council - $700 towards BBQ
  • Midwest Dairy Association, along with assistance from Cass Clay – donate all milk and ice cream for BBQ
  • Wieman Land & Auction - $400 towards BBQ
  • Ag Media Research - $250 towards BBQ
  • ADM (Archer Daniels Midland) - $250 towards BBQ
  • Mitchell Livestock - $200 towards BBQ
  • First National Bank, Cortrust Bank & American Bank & Trust donated napkins for the BBQ

Because of these sponsors, we sold BBQ tickets for just $3 – let them know how much you appreciate their support!!

We are thankful for delicious food to serve at the BBQ – shredded beef prepared by L&M Foods (Leonard Doll) of Huron and milk and ice cream through Midwest Dairy Association.

We thank Vern’s Mfg of Miller for the use of panels for our 4-H dance and the 4-H Youth Council for setting up and tearing down panels, as well as serving water at the dance!

We thank the State Fair office staff and the State 4-H staff for all their help and support!

And we are extremely thankful for the many, many volunteers that give their time and support to our 4-H Leader events! Hoping I have not missed anyone! Thank you – what a fabulous 2019 State Fair!


State Fair 4-H Book is online:  

Announcing: Project launched to help youth:  
Listen, Learn, Lead


Danika Gordon, who is a nine-year Butte-Lawrence County 4-H member, has created a new leadership project as part of her role as a current state 4-H ambassador. Gordon has established a website titled Listen, Learn, Lead – or L3 for short. For 2019, she has posted four TED Talks for youth to listen to on the site at https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com/. Discussion questions developed by Gordon are also listed with each of the talks to prompt reflection either as an individual or group setting. Gordon suggests youth might gather to watch the TED Talks during a 4-H club, 4-H junior leaders or FFA chapter meeting, or simply during free time or as a family. She says the project was designed to be similar to a book club. After watching the TED Talk, youth can have a short discussion with others about what they learned or agreed with – or maybe disagreed with – from the presentation. The topics Gordon selected for this year’s TED Talks highlight introverts, body language, views on leadership and thoughts on what helps people be successful in school and life. Gordon hopes to select four new TED Talk presentations annually to continue fostering learning and leadership among South Dakota youth. Youth who watch the TED Talks and then post a comment on the L3 Facebook page, will also be entered into a drawing for an Amazon gift card. To learn more check out: https://listenlearnlead4h.weebly.com

Quick Links

4-H Shooting Sports rules:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
State 4-H Rodeo Resources:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/competitions-state-fair
4-H Event Deadlines:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/4h-event-deadlines
Camps & Conferences:  https://extension.sdstate.edu/south-dakota-4-h/camps-conferences 
State Fair 2018 results here!!

Judging 4-H Cookies & Bars

Here is the first of the training videos from SD 4-H Leaders.
Link to the video
Link to a document with more information that could be printed for reference http://www.southdakota4hleaders.com/Judging/JudgingCookies.pdf
We hope that this video (and the ones to come) will be a good resource for judges, as well as for our families preparing the exhibits.


Exhibit Hall Fundraising

Kudos to so many of you for a tremendous job at fundraising, donations and support of the new Exhibit Hall! How wonderful it was to use the building this year during the SD State Fair!
Currently, our new overall State Fair Foundation campaign total is over $4.37 million towards the $4.7 million goal! We encourage you to continue your efforts, and if you have not made a commitment, respectfully ask that you work towards that.
From the SD State Fair Foundation page http://www.sdstatefairfoundation.com, you will find updated totals, Exhibit hall information including layout plans, a campaign booklet link, and the link to the "red brochure" that includes the donation/brick form.
Here is more information:
SD 4-H is on Facebook!!

Click here to find SD 4-H on Facebook and find the latest information revolving around 4-H activities in SD.

here to find SD 4-H Leaders Association on Facebook!

Rural Youth Loan Program

Here is information about the Rural Youth Loan Program available to 4-H members. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) makes operating loans of up to $5,000 to eligible individual rural youths age 10 through 20 to finance income-producing, agriculture-related projects. The project must be of modest size, educational, and initiated, developed and carried out by rural youths participating in 4-H clubs, FFA, or a similar organization. For more information, leaders should contact their local FSA Office or visit http://www.fsa.usda.gov.

A one page fact sheet is available at: http://www.fsa.usda.gov/Internet/FSA_File/loanyouth.pdf.

Farm Credit has a similar program available for youth loans! You will find information on their website http://www.myaglender.com/youth-loans_5152_ct.aspx


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