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Farm Credit offering $250 community improvement grants to 4-H and FFA

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[March 02, 2011]  MAHOMET -- Young people involved in 4-H clubs and FFA chapters are encouraged to develop a plan for an improvement project in their local community. Farm Credit Services of Illinois will award $250 community improvement grants for up to 60 proposed projects submitted by 4-H and FFA members.

InsuranceThis is the third year Farm Credit has funded community improvement grants for 4-H clubs and the first year that FFA chapters are eligible for the grant program. Clubs and chapters must be based in one of the 60 central and southern Illinois counties served by Farm Credit Services of Illinois.

"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.

During previous years, grants were awarded to support projects including these examples: 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 flagpole at a local park entrance, restoring a children’s park, building a welcome sign in a small community, constructing and maintaining a community bulletin board, cleaning up an abandoned cemetery, 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. Other community organizations are welcome to collaborate with 4-H and FFA groups in completing the projects.

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Applications must be submitted online by March 31 at Questions may be directed to

Applications will be reviewed and grants will be awarded by a selection team comprised of agriculture industry representatives and rural community leaders.

[Text from file received from Farm Credit Services of Illinois]

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