Community Development

MU Extension helps people create communities of the future.  Community development education helps citizens tap into local strengths and university resources.

Missouri communities are made up of more than the people who live and work there.  Every community is a tight-knit fabric of relationships, woven by the leadership of its citizens and partnerships of local businesses and agencies to build better lives for all residents.  The Community Development Program works collaboratively with communities to foster economic development, leadership, development, community decision making, community emergency preparedness and inclusive communities.

ExCEED - Extension Community Economic and Entrepreneurial Development -  Recognizing that new approaches to rural economic development are essential to ensure a strong economic future, the university partners with rural communities to identify and implement new strategies for community economic development.

Grant opportunities

North Central SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) grants

  • Farmer/rancher grants for on-farm research, demonstration and education projects.  No deadline.  Contact state SARE director for more information.
  • Professional development grants that support state professional development programs and training for Agriculture professionals.  No deadline.  Contact state SARE coordinator for more information.
  • Research and education grants for researchers and educators to explore and promote environmentally sound, profitable and socially responsible food and/or fiber systems.  Pre-proposals typically due mind-June.

Youth and youth educator grants for on-farm research, demonstration or education projects by youth ages 8 to 18 or for educators to provide programming on sustainable agriculture.

USDA Rural Development offers program assistance by providing direct or guaranteed loans, grants, technical assistance, research and educational materials in the areas of Business and Cooperative Grant Assistance, Housing and Facilities Grant Assistance and Utility Grants.

RBEG (Rural Business Enterprise Grants) that fund projects that facilitate the development of small rural businesses, such as business incubators and adult education programs.