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Shaping Rural Missouri Grant

How to Get Started

  1. Solicit project suggestions from club members and select the most worthwhile workable project for your community.
  2. Develop a budget considering both time and expenses involved.
  3. Appoint or elect a committee of youth to give leadership to the project.
  4. Complete the Shaping Rural Missouri Grant application by April 1.

Proposals are reviewed and scored by a grant review team by April 15 of each year. Award winning applicants will be notified by a local FCS Financial representative, and a check presentation and photo opportunity will be scheduled with the club or chapter. Projects must be completed by December 31 of the same year.

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Who qualifies

  • $500 grants for local 4-H and FFA organizations
  • Funds assist chapters with bringing positive change in their communities
  • Collaboration with other community groups is encouraged
  • Grant can be combined with other funds to complete larger project
  • Applications due April 1 of each year
  • All chapters and clubs in our 102-county service area qualify

Project Suggestions

Clubs and chapters are encouraged to choose a project that has tangible value where the outcome of the project can be seen or touched. Examples include:

  • Provide landscaping at a fairgrounds, park, or near a community building
  • Construct and maintain a community bulletin board
  • Upgrading or building picnic tables or benches at a community facility
  • Establish a community recreation park facility
  • Develop a roadside park
  • Implement a tree planting program
  • Develop a bicycle, horse, or hiking trail
  • Set up a community self-guided nature trail
  • Clean and repair a community church
  • Build playground equipment that is designed for children with disabilities

Reporting Recommendations

  • Keep a record or scrapbook of your project from the beginning, including photos.
  • Share updates about your project with your local FCS Financial office.
  • Give community leaders and local news media periodic updates about the project.

Organization information

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Project Chair


Project Information


Project Details


Project Summary


Project Action Plan & Timetable

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Person/People Responsible*


Proposed Budget

Expected Income (if applicable)

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Expected Expenses

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In Kind Donations (if applicable)


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