Young people involved in 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are encouraged to develop a plan to implement an improvement project in their local community.
Farm Credit Services of Illinois will be awarding $250 community improvement grants for up to 60 proposal projects submitted by 4-H and FFA members. This is the fifth year Farm Credit has funded the community improvement grant program.
"It is a privilege for Farm Credit to share a vision for healthy rural communities with 4-H and FFA members," says Rod Stoll, vice president of public relations for Farm Credit. Clubs and chapters must be based in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois. "We look forward to investing up to $15,000 in total as we team-up with young people who are willing to make positive and tangible contributions in their local communities."
During previous years, grants have been awarded to support projects including: implementing a tree planting program along a bike path, creating a flower or community garden at a school, landscaping a new fire station, installing a flag pole at a local park entrance, restoring a children's park, building a welcome sign in a small community, and developing a beautification and building repair project at a county fairgrounds.
Community residents should contact a local 4-H member or leader or FFA member or advisor if they have a suggested improvement project that the club or chapter may consider pursuing. Online applications are available at http://www.fcsillinois.com/CommunityGrants and must be submitted by February 22, 2013. Other community organizations are welcome to collaborate with 4-H and FFA groups in completing the respective projects. Questions may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded by a selection team comprised of agriculture industry representatives and rural community leaders.