(JG-TC) — Young people involved in 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are encouraged to develop a plan to implement an improvement project in their local community.
Farm Credit Services of Illinois will be awarding $250 community improvement grants for up to 60 proposal projects submitted by 4-H and FFA members.
This is the fifth year Farm Credit has funded the community improvement grant program.
“It is a privilege for Farm Credit to share a vision for healthy rural communities with 4-H and FFA members. We look forward to investing up to $15,000 in total as we team-up with young people who are willing to make positive and tangible contributions in their local communities,” says Rod Stoll, vice president of public relations for Farm Credit. Clubs and chapters must be based in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois.
During previous years, grants have been awarded to support projects including: implementing a tree planting program along a bike path, creating a flower or community garden at a school, landscaping a new fire station, installing a flag pole at a local park entrance, restoring a children’s park, building a welcome sign in a small community, and developing a beautification and building repair project at a county fairgrounds.
Community residents should contact a local 4-H member or leader or FFA member or adviser if they have a suggested improvement project that the club or chapter may consider pursuing.
Online applications are available at http://www.fcsillinois.com/CommunityGrants and must be submitted by February 22, 2013.
Other community organizations are welcome to collaborate with 4-H and FFA groups in completing the respective projects. Questions may be directed to email@example.com.
Applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded by a selection team comprised of agriculture industry representatives and rural community leaders.
Farm Credit Services of Illinois is a farmer owned and directed agricultural lending cooperative with a $3.3 billion loan portfolio. They provide competitive farm financing and deliver crop insurance expertise to 8,500 farm families, agribusinesses, and rural landowners in the southern 60 counties of Illinois. The mission of the U.S. Farm Credit System is to provide financial capital and financial services to agriculture and Rural America.
4-H is the largest out-of-school educational program for youth in the United States and seeks to assist youth in acquiring knowledge, forming attitudes, and developing life skills that will enable them to become caring, competent, and contributing members of society. In Illinois, 280,000 youth participate in 4-H and the other youth programs of University of Illinois Extension. More than 26,000 adult volunteers assist in the programming. There are 16,565 members in 311 different FFA chapters in the State of Illinois.
The National FFA Organization is a national youth organization preparing students for leadership and careers in the science, business, and technology of agriculture.
FFA makes a positive impact in the lives of students by developing their potential for Premier Leadership, Personal Growth, and Career Success through agricultural education.