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East Newton 4-H Club painting

FCS Financial is recognizing 40 different 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $500 grants for submitting outstanding Shaping Rural Missouri grant applications. In the seven years of its existence, more than $100,000 has been awarded to Missouri 4-H clubs and FFA chapters. Grants are awarded to organizations with plans to complete a community improvement project by the end of the year.

“Community development in rural Missouri is very important to FCS Financial. Our member-owners and staff live in rural communities across Missouri,” said Scott Gardner, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, FCS Financial. “These grants not only strengthen our rural communities but allow our youth to work as a team to accomplish a worthy goal.” 

 The following 4-H clubs and FFA chapters were selected by a panel of judges to receive a Shaping Rural Missouri grant in support of implementing the respective project listed:

  • Andrew County 4-H Club (Andrew County) – Benches for Youth Building at Andrew County Fairgrounds.
  • Audrain County 4-H Council & Mexico FFA Chapter (Audrain County) – Building and painting bleachers at fairgrounds.
  • Coon Creek Cronies 4-H Club (Audrain County) – Building raised bed gardens at local nursing home.
  • F & L Hustlers 4-H Clover Kids (Audrain County) – Provide sidewalk extension at county fairgrounds.
  • 4-H Teen Leaders (Barton County) – Build Helping Hands Butterfly Garden at Harry S. Truman Birthplace.
  • Rough Riders 4-H Club (Barton County) – Construct bleachers at Lamar Fairgrounds.
  • Rich Hill FFA Chapter (Bates County) – Cleaning & improving community parks and cemetery.
  • Buchanan County 4-H Council (Buchanan County) – Construct reflection bench and table for Agency Community Center.
  • Trailblazers 4-H Club (Buchanan County) – Build agility equipment for dog training area at Corby Dog Park.
  • Braymer FFA Chapter (Caldwell County) – Construct gates for Braymer Junior Livestock Show.
  • Rising Sun 4-H Club (Callaway County) – Build & maintain garden and orchard for SERVE food pantry.
  • Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter & Carroll County Livestock Junior Leaders Association (Carroll County) – Facility improvements at the Carroll County Fairgrounds.
  • Cass County 4-H Council Officers (Cass County) – Improvements at North Park facility.
  • Union Hall 4-H Club (Cedar County) – Sound improvements at the community building.
  • Antioch 4-H Club (Clark County) – Improvements to Art Hall.
  • Dallas County 4-H Council (Dallas County) – Build butterfly garden at a community park.
  • Willard FFA Chapter (Greene County) – Landscape school facility.
  • Blue Ribbon Bandits 4-H Club & Gillman City FFA (Harrison County) – Improvements to show barn area and install arena fence.
  • Montrose Busy Beavers 4-H Club (Henry County) – Create Montrose Junior Firefighter program.
  • Sunrise 4-H Club (Holt County) – Build and install a butterfly garden.
  • County Liners 4-H Club (Knox County) – Improve Baring Community Park.
  • Napoleon Cloverleaf 4-H Club (Lafayette County) – Flowerpot project in the town square.
  • Lewis County Show Board (Lewis County) – Update gates at Lewis County Fairgrounds.
  • Eldon FFA Chapter (Miller County) – Renovate Miller County Fairgrounds arena.
  • Eager Beavers 4-H Club (Monroe County) - Landscape Monroe County Fair buildings at City Park.
  • Monroe City FFA Chapter (Monroe County) – Construct storage shed for the preschool program.
  • Jefferson FFA Chapter, North Nodaway FFA Chapter, Northeast Nodaway FFA Chapter & South Nodaway FFA Chapter (Nodaway County) – Construct gates for Nodaway County Fairgrounds.
  • West Nodaway FFA Chapter (Nodaway County) – Beautify the City of Elmo.
  • Manila 4-H Club (Pettis County) – Landscape around Main Street in Windsor.
  • Classic Kids 4-H Club & Putnam County FFA Chapter (Putnam County) – Assist in purchasing & renovating chairs for Putnam County 4-H Building.
  • Millville 4-H Club (Ray County) – Improve ventilation at Ray County Fair livestock buildings.
  • Newtown Community 4-H Club (Sullivan County) – Update concession stand at community ball field.
  • Country Crossroads 4-H Club (Warren County) – Build an addition to Warren County Fairgrounds office and storage room.


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