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Developing a thriving rural Missouri is important to FCS Financial. The Shaping Rural Missouri Grant program offers Missouri 4-H and FFA organizations $500 grants to implement projects that will benefit their rural communities and youth development.

“Providing opportunities for rural community development is important to FCS Financial because our employees and member-owners live in these areas,” said David Janish, FCS Financial CEO. “These grants strengthen our rural communities and allow our youth to work as a team to accomplish a goal.”

Funds are awarded to assist club or chapter members in bringing positive change by establishing projects that make their local communities better places to live. FCS Financial encourages applicants to collaborate with other community organizations to develop and complete their improvement project.

Last year, FCS Financial funded more than 50 projects across Missouri. Youth built picnic tables, painted buildings, planted trees and landscaped downtown areas to improve their local communities.

Since the grant's inception in 2012, FCS Financial has distributed more than $180,000 across Missouri.

Applications are online and due April 1, 2022. Apply or find more information about the Shaping Rural Missouri Grant program at, click on the About Us tab and then select Community Giving or call 1-800-369-3276 ext. 1173.

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