Illinois Youth Groups Receive $25,000 of Grants

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young girl in green house watering flowersFarm Credit Illinois awarded 50 community improvement grants to FFA chapters and 4-H clubs in central and southern Illinois.

4-H clubs and FFA chapters throughout central and southern Illinois will implement valuable improvement projects in their communities with help from grants provided by Farm Credit Illinois. FCI awarded $500 grants to 50 4-H clubs and FFA chapters to deliver projects that will make their local communities better places to live.

“FFA and 4-H members inspire Farm Credit each year by eagerly serving their communities,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of marketplace engagement for FCI. “We are grateful to team-up with youth organizations investing in the future of their hometowns.”

The 4-H club and FFA chapter grant recipients (Listed by county) will complete the following projects:

  • Old Ripley 4-H Club (Bond County): Plant flowers and construct raised beds at Old Ripley Church of Christ in Pocahontas
  • Champaign Shamrocks 4-H Club (Champaign County): Plant pollinator garden at St. Matthew's Catholic Parish in Champaign
  • Fantastic 4-Hers of Fisher (Champaign County): Construct picnic tables for Fisher Community Park
  • Royal Ag 4-H Club (Champaign County): Install landscaping at the Royal Community Building
  • Sadorus All-Stars 4-H Club (Champaign County): Enhance Tolono welcome signs and landscaping
  • Unity FFA Chapter (Champaign County): Provide park improvements at West Side Park in Tolono
  • Clarksville Co-eds 4-H Club (Clark County): Clarksville Kindness Project – Spruce up Clarksville Restaurant signage
  • Martinsville FFA Chapter (Clark County): A Seat with a View – build picnic tables for The Woodlands in Martinsville
  • Moriah Go-Getters 4-H Club (Clark County): Build signage for Casey Fairview Park
  • Triple T 4-H Club (Clark County): Install raised flower beds at healthcare facilities in Marshall
  • Central FFA Chaper (Clinton County): Construct wooden flower pots for Aviston Parks
  • Ellery Panthers 4-H Club (Edwards County): Build therapy steps for Little Prairie Preschool in Albion
  • Country Cousins 4-H Club (Effingham County): Construct all-weather resting bench for Effingham County Fairgrounds
  • Teutopolis FFA Chapter (Effingham County): Greenhand Gardening – Create outdoor classroom at Teutopolis High School
  • Heartland Pathfinders 4-H Club (Franklin County): Build accessible picnic tables for Benton Community Park
  • Hilltoppers 4-H Club (Franklin County): Provide landscaping at Franklin County 4-H Fairgrounds
  • Mulkeytown Panthers 4-H Club (Franklin County): Refresh community playground in Mulkeytown
  • Carrollton FFA Chapter (Greene County): Color-up Carrollton – Grow and plant flowers around Carrollton town square
  • Barbwire Gang 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Spruce up landscaping at the Big Red Barn in McLeansboro
  • County Line Crew 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Help create bicentennial commemorative signage in McLeansboro
  • Funny Farmers 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Build produce table for Hamilton County GIFT Garden
  • Hamilton County 4-H Federation (Hamilton County): Paint crosswalks around McLeansboro Courthouse
  • Pioneer Country Kids 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Refresh playground equipment at St. John the Baptist play area in McLeansboro
  • Piopolis Busy Bees 4-H Club (Hamilton County): Plant fruit trees at Hamilton County GIFT Garden
  • Donovan FFA Chapter (Iroquois County): Renovate Donovan Park concession stand
  • Trailblazers 4-H Horse & Pony Club (Lawrence County): Make improvements to the horse barn at Lawrence County Fairgrounds
  • Middletown 4-Hers (Logan County): Install resting benches at Middletown School and Community Park
  • Northwestern FFA Chapter (Macoupin County): Construct community food shack for residents of Palmyra
  • New Douglas Cloverbuds 4-H Club (Madison County): Little Hands, Big Hearts – Beautify New Douglas Rec Plex
  • Quercus Grove 4-H Club (Madison County): Plant community mission garden at St. John's Methodist Church
  • Athens FFA Chapter (Menard County): Construct trellises for Athens Warriors Food Garden
  • Monroe County 4-H Teen Federation (Monroe County): Make improvements at Bellefontaine House in Waterloo
  • Valmeyer FFA Chapter (Monroe County): Construct "The FFA Patio" at Valmeyer Community School
  • East Side Jr's 4-H Club (Morgan County): Construct Jacksonville welcome sign and add landscaping to fairgrounds patio
  • Moultrie-County Shining Stars 4-H Club (Moultrie County): Construct bench for Sullivan Elementary playground
  • Cisco Clovers 4-H Club (Piatt County): Install bleachers in poultry and rabbit barn at Dewitt County 4-H Fairgrounds
  • Pope County Clover Crew 4-H Club (Pope County): Build a resting bench for youth educational high tunnel at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
  • Pope-Hardin County 4-H Federation (Pope County): Construct potting table and work bench for youth educational tunnel at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center
  • Creative Critters 4-H Club (Saint Clair County): Provide picnic table for Scheve Park in Mascoutah
  • Carrier Mills-Stonefort FFA Chapter (Saline County): Plant a community garden at Carrier Mills-Stonefort High School
  • Saline County 4-H Federation (Saline County): Capture photos for installation at Saline County nursing facilities
  • Moweaqua Rustlers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Provide improvements to the goat barn at Shelby County Fairgrounds
  • Shelby County Cloverbuds 4-H Club (Shelby County): Refresh community garden at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville
  • Shelby Showstoppers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Spruce up Shelby County Fairgrounds show arena
  • Shelby Sparklers 4-H Club (Shelby County): Beautify Veterans' Memorial at Sigel Park
  • Salt Fork FFA Chapter (Vermilion County): Create a community garden at Catlin Township Library
  • Mt. Carmel FFA Chapter (Wabash County): Build private outdoor patio at Safe Haven in Mt. Carmel
  • Allendale Twisters 4-H Club (Wabash County): Construct shelving for Circle A Servolution in Allendale
  • Enfield Blue Ribbon 4-H Club (White County): Make improvements at Willis Park in Enfield
  • Grayville Go-Getters 4-H Club (White County): Welcoming Our Community – Beautify Grayville Park

Projects may be delayed or subject to change due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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