Application for this year closed on February 21, 2014
Grants of $250 are available every year to 4-H clubs and FFA chapters for implementing valuable community improvement projects. Funds are awarded to assist club and chapter members in bringing positive change by establishing projects that make local communities better places to live.
Each proposal is reviewed and scored by a grant review team. Award winning clubs/chapters are 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.
The following list is of projects previously completed by other clubs/chapters.
- Implement a tree planting program
- Provide repairs at a community church
- Provide improvements at a local park or cemetary
- Develop a bicycle, horse, or hiking trail
- Construct and maintain a community bulletin board
- Provide landscaping at a fairgrounds, park, or other community meeting place
- Develop a roadside park
- Set up a self-guided nature trail
- Construct a welcome sign for your community
- Plant a community garden
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.