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Grants of $400 are available to 4-H clubs and FFA chapters for implementing valuable community improvement projects. Funds will be awarded to assist club and chapter members in bringing positive positive change by establishing projects that make local communities better places to live.
Each proposal will be reviewed and scored by a grant review team. Award winning clubs/chapters will be notified of their award and contacted by a local Farm Credit representative to schedule a check presentation and photo opportunity.
Clubs/chapters should choose a project that has tangible value where the outcome of the project is visible in the community. The most successful projects are usually suggested from within the club/chapter after discussing the needs of the local community. Farm Credit encourages collaboration with other community organizations to develop and complete the improvement project. Clubs/chapters who have received grants in past years can apply for funds to continue or add to previously sponsored projects. Be sure to fully describe the scope of the project as judges change from year to year.
Submit completed application to Farm Credit by clicking "Submit" at the bottom of the form. The option to add up to five photos or documents to support the application can be found at the bottom of the form. Applications are due by February 27, 2017.
The following list of winning projects completed by other clubs/chapters may stimulate discussion for your group.
4-H clubs and FFA chapters eligible for the community improvement grants must be located in one of the 60 counties served by Farm Credit Illinois:
Alexander, Bond, Calhoun, Cass, Champaign, Christian, Clark, Clay, Clinton, Coles, Crawford, Cumberland, DeWitt, Douglas, Edgar, Edwards, Effingham, Fayette, Ford, Franklin, Gallatin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Iroquois, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jersey, Johnson, Lawrence, Logan, Macon, Macoupin, Madison, Marion, Massac, Menard, Monroe, Montgomery, Morgan, Moultrie, Perry, Piatt, Pope, Pulaski, Randolph, Richland, Saint Clair, Saline, Sangamon, Scott, Shelby, Union, Vermilion, Wabash, Washington, Wayne, White, and Williamson.
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