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FCS Financial is recognizing 45 different 4-H clubs and FFA chapters with $500 grants for submitting outstanding Shaping Rural Missouri grant applications. In the six years of its existence, nearly $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) – Building benches and landscaping the Youth Building at Andrew County Fairgrounds.
  • Atchison County Robotics 4-H Club, Farmer City 4-H Club & Wolverine 4-H Club (Atchison County) – Cooling system for the show ring at Atchison County Fairgrounds.
  • Lucky Clover 4-H Club & Rock Port FFA (Atchison County) – Building a handicap accessible sidewalk at local fairgrounds.
  • Fairfax FFA & Tarkio FFA Chapters (Atchison County) – Building a shade structure for a livestock wash rack.
  • Audrain County 4-H Council & Mexico FFA Chapter (Audrain County) – Paint and repair bleachers and tables at the Audrain County 4-H Fairgrounds
  • Southwest FFA Chapter (Barry County) – Build picnic tables in local city park
  • Make It Happen 4-H Club (Barton County) – Build small animal wash rack at local fairgrounds
  • Warsaw FFA Chapter (Benton County) – Renovate concession building at local fairgrounds
  • Buchanan County 4-H Club (Buchanan County) – Landscape local YMCA
  • DeKalb FFA Chapter (Buchanan County) – Build picnic tables around DeKalb town square.
  • Bosworth Fireballs 4-H Club (Carroll County) – Install cooling system at Carroll County Fairgrounds
  • Lucky Star 4-H Club (Chariton County) – Assist in renovating 120-year-old schoolhouse
  • Fox River Clovers 4-H Club (Clark County) – Build new announcers stand for livestock show arena
  • Albany FFA Chapter (Gentry County) – Improvements and additions to the school Animal Science Center
  • Gilman City FFA Chapter (Harrison County) – Improvements to the sound system in the Livestock Barn
  • Arcadia Valley Career Technology Center (Iron County) – Landscape around the Iron County Courthouse
  • Blue Springs South FFA Chapter (Jackson County) – Build & maintain Jags community vegetable garden
  • Colony 4-H Geology 4-H Club (Knox County) – Landscape around Knox County Courthouse
  • Hitt 4-H Club (Lafayette County) – Beautify the Corder Community Center
  • Mount Vernon FFA Chapter (Lawrence County) – Assist in purchasing and installing small animal scales
  • Lewis County C-I FFA Chapter (Lewis County) – Improve sound system in show barn
  • Vienna FFA Chapter (Maries County) – Landscape the entrance of the Maries R-I High School
  • FFA Ag Research Farm (Mercer County) – Repurpose and renovate feed storage facility at school farm
  • Eager Beaver 4-H Club (Monroe County) – Landscape around Paris R-II schools
  • Mark Twain 4-H Club (Monroe County) – Install and renovate signs at local churches
  • Monroe City FFA Chapter (Monroe County) – Build a cardboard recycling shed
  • Wellsville-Middletown FFA Chapter (Montgomery County) – Create an outdoor education classroom for elementary school children
  • East Newton 4-H Club (Newton County) – Build & repair picnic tables at Newton County Fairgrounds
  • FFA Chapter of the Northeast Nodaway R-V District (Nodaway County) – Create community & district outdoor classroom & meeting space.
  • West Nodaway FFA Chapter (Nodaway County) – Build benches and landscape elementary school entrance
  • Couch FFA Chapter (Oregon County) – Repair bleachers & create ADA seating area at Couch Baseball Field
  • Richland FFA Chapter (Pulaski County) – Build picnic benches for a local park
  • Classic Kids 4-H Club (Putnam County) – Repair and purchase chairs for 4-H Building
  • Guys & Gals 4-H Club (Ray County) – Paint multiple areas at Ray County Fairgrounds
  • Current River Clovers 4-H Club (Shannon County) – Build picnic benches for a local park
  • North Shelby FFA Chapter (Shelby County) – Build entrance and gates for local fairgrounds
  • River City 4-H Club (St. Charles County) – Install & create signage for sports complex
  • Milo-Oakdale 4-H Club (Vernon County) – Landscape local cemetery & youth pavilion
  • Sheldon FFA Chapter (Vernon County) – Build new batting cage at local city park.
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