Raised bed gardens, building picnic tables and benches, creating an outdoor classroom, and landscaping main streets are a few of the community projects that 4-H and FFA youth will be doing this spring as recipients of a Shaping Rural Missouri Grant. Fifty-two 4-H clubs and FFA chapters received a $500 Shaping Rural Missouri Grant to complete a community improvement project this year.
This is the 10th year of awarding Shaping Rural Missouri Grants. The program has awarded more than $180,000 back to rural Missouri.
“Our member-owners and staff live in Missouri rural communities, so community development is important to FCS Financial,” said David Janish, CEO, FCS Financial. “In 10 years, these grants enhanced our rural communities and allowed more than 380 youth organizations to work as a team to accomplish a worthy goal.”
In 2021, FCS Financial awarded the following local 4-H clubs a Shaping Rural Missouri grant in support of implementing the project listed:
Good Neighbors 4-H Club (Johnson County): Landscape the Johnson County Fairgrounds building.
Prairie Ridge 4-H Club (Pettis County): Build picnic tables, benches, and landscape Rangeline Presbyterian Church.
FCS Financial serves 102 counties through 21 branch offices in Missouri and is a member of the Farm Credit System.