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FCS Financial is recognizing 44 different 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $500 grants for submitting outstanding Shaping Rural Missouri grant applications. In the eight years of its existence, more than $120,000 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 Council (Andrew County) – Build picnic tables for Andrew County Fairgrounds.
  • Tarkio FFA Chapter (Atchison County) – Build picnic tables for Tarkio Community Park.
  • Audrain County R-VI FFA Chapter (Audrain County) – Landscape around agriculture building and greenhouse.
  • Audrain County 4-H Council (Audrain County) – Update bleachers at Audrain County Fairgrounds.
  • Mexico FFA Chapter (Audrain County) – Replace mulch at Audrain County Fairgrounds.
  • Barry County Screeching Eagles 4-H (Barry County) – Construct raised bed landscape at Wheaton City Park.
  • Barton County 4-H Teen Leaders (Barton County) – Construct outdoor classroom for Lamar East Primary School.
  • Rich Hill FFA Chapter (Bates County) – Improvements at Barton County Fairgrounds cattle barn.
  • Rock Bridge 4-H Club (Boone County) – Landscape Gentry Middle School.
  • Buchanan County 4-H Council (Buchanan County) – Construct 4-H butterfly berm and hummingbird haven.
  • Ready Workers 4-H Club (Buchanan County) – Plant native flowers and grasses around Remington Nature Center.
  • Polo Trailblazers 4-H Club (Caldwell County) – Build clothing donations boxes and place in local area.
  • Rising Sun 4-H Club (Callaway County) – Update and improve Central Church playground.
  • Carrollton ACC FFA Chapter & Chase 4-H Club (Carroll County) – Purchase livestock scales for county fairgrounds.
  • Brunswick FFA Chapter (Chariton County) – Construct a trap range for FFA and community members.
  • Salisbury FFA Chapter (Chariton County) – Assist with repairs to a community sign.
  • Smithville FFA Chapter (Clay County) – Plant a wildflower park in community area.
  • Denim & Dust 4-H Club (Dallas County) – Build picnic tables for the Dallas County Fairgrounds.
  • Blue Ribbon Bandits 4-H Club (Harrison County) – Improve ventilation at Gilman City Fairgrounds.
  • Chilhowee Indians 4-H Club (Johnson County) – Update and landscape the community park.
  • County Liners 4-H Club (Knox County) – Install rock wall for Edina Head Start.
  • Hitt 4-H Club (Lafayette County) – Improving Corder City Park.
  • Aurora FFA Chapter (Lawrence County) – Landscape Aurora High School grounds.
  • Mid River 4-H Club (Mercer County) – Improvements at Mercer County Fairgrounds.
  • Eager Beavers 4-H Club (Monroe County) - Landscape Monroe County Fair buildings at City Park.
  • Monroe City FFA Chapter (Monroe County) – Landscape Talitha’s Point.
  • Monroe County 4-H Council (Monroe County) – Install & build fencing at fairgrounds.
  • Burlington Junction Lucky Shamrocks & West Nodaway FFA Chapter (Nodaway County) – Construct a handicap ram for Children’s Park.
  • Lemons 4-H Club & Sunshine Kids 4-H Club (Putnam County) – Assist in purchasing & renovating tables for Putnam County 4-H Building.
  • Rocky Point 4-H Club (Ralls County) – Landscape and install flower beds at Lions Club.
  • Central 4-H Club, Hardin-Central FFA Chapter, Richmond FFA Chapter & Millville 4-H Club (Ray County) – Improve wash rack area at Ray County Fairgrounds.
  • Clever Clovers 4-H Club (Ray County) – Purchase and install poultry cages for Ray County Fairgrounds.
  • Milan FFA Chapter & Newtown Community 4-H Club (Sullivan County) – Purchase and install pens at Sullivan County Fairgrounds.
  • Clayton 4-H Club (Vernon County) – Update and renovate Clayton 4-H Clubhouse.
  • Vernon County 4-H Council (Vernon County) – Construct a relaxation station in the Home Ec Building at the Vernon County Fairgrounds.
  • Big Creek FFA Chapter (Warren County) – Build and repair risers in the Exhibit Hall at the Warren County Fairgrounds.
  • Warrenton FFA Chapter (Warren County) – Build picnic tables for use at Warren County Fair.
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