Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri has been approved for a $350,000 Neighborhood Assistance Program project and will begin selling 70 percent tax credits immediately.

The NAP project is funded through the Department of Economic Development, which awarded $7.3 million in tax credits to nonprofits across the state for community development projects. According to a DED press release, the Neighborhood Assistance Program helps not-for-profit organizations leverage private-sector funds by providing partial state tax credits to businesses that make contributions to approved community improvement projects.

Locally, the project will help fund BGC’s six rural outlying sites – Cole Camp, Dresden, Green Ridge, La Monte, Leeton and Smithton. Project goals including increasing members’ reading literacy, increasing members’ knowledge of the dangers of opioid addiction and improving self-esteem to avoid dangerous behaviors, increasing members’ knowledge of bullying prevention and increasing teen members’ knowledge of coding/robotics. BGC has two years to complete the project.

“We are proud that BGC was once again chosen to run a NAP Project through the Department of Economic Development,” said Executive Director Gary Beckman. “NAP is a great example of nonprofit and private sectors working together to better the communities in which we live.”

“This program is helping to build stronger communities and bettering the lives of thousands of people,” said Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon. “As a department, we help bring more opportunities to more Missourians, and the Neighborhood Assistance Program is one way that we are delivering on that promise.”

BGC has $245,000 in 70% tax credits to sell before December 31, 2021. Those interested in learning more about how tax credits can positively impact their business and community should contact Director of Development Cherie Beltran at 660-826-8331 or