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2017 Community Improvement Grants

2017 Community Improvement Grant application has been closed.
The 2018 program will be announced in the fall.

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.

  • Implement a tree planting program
  • Provide repairs at a community church
  • Provide improvements to a local park or cemetary
  • Develop a bicycle, horse, or hiking nature trail
  • Provide landscaping at a fairgrounds, park, or other community meeting place
  • Develop a roadside park
  • Construct a welcome sign for your community
  • Plant a community garden
Suggestions for Success

  • Solicit project suggestions from club/chapter members and select the most worthwhile project for your community. Be sure the work involved is age appropriate for your members to complete.
  • Appoint or elect a committee of 4-H/FFA youth to provide leadership to the project.
  • Consider how working with other community organizations could contribute to the success and scale of your project.
  • Develop a timeline and budget for completing the project. Be descriptive on the application timetable and make sure the numbers you provide on volunteer hours and budget balance.

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.