Nine 4-H clubs and FFA chapters have been selected to each receive a $500 grant from Hess Corporation awarded through the North Dakota State Fair Foundation. The grants will be used for community service projects to benefit the club or chapter’s local geographical area or for projects that create group opportunity to participate at the North Dakota State Fair.
Winners of the Hess Grant include: Buckaroos 4-H Club of Mountrail County to start a Hometown Heroes Banner Program to honor members of the armed forces; Max Pax 4-H Club of McLean County to purchase food and supplies to host a family friendly event in their community; Northern Explorer’s 4-H Club to make improvements on their county livestock barns; Oakes/Sargent Central/Ellendale FFA to help purchase a trailer to encourage North Dakota State Fair participation within their chapter; Parshall FFA to aid in material costs for educational projects to be exhibited at the North Dakota State Fair; Rocky Acres 4-H Club of Ward County to set up an archery practice center for community-wide use; South Heart FFA to purchase materials to build folding sandboxes for local recreation areas, Trailblazers 4-H Club of Ward County for materials costs of educational projects to be exhibited at the North Dakota State Fair, and Wahpeton FFA to build a free dog toy library within two area dog parks.
“Seeing the energy and passion of the 4-H and FFA student groups from last year’s winners was inspiring,” said Brent Lohnes, General Manager for North Dakota. “With this being the second year of this program, we are excited to see what these students will do this year. Hess strives to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, and we are proud to support the projects that each of these groups has selected to improve their own communities.”
“We are honored to partner with Hess Corporation to provide 4-H and FFA youth with opportunities to learn by doing,” said Jessica Bullinger, North Dakota State Fair Foundation Development Director. “Hands-on projects cultivate practical, real-life lessons and leadership development.”
All clubs and chapters receiving grants will provide a display at the 2022 North Dakota State Fair to showcase their projects and explain how the funds were used.