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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Moniteau County's 4-H club and an area FFA chapter were among a group of seven 4-H clubs and FFA chapters across the state to receive grants from FCS Financial this week.

Moniteau County's Shamrock 4-H Club and the Russellville FFA Chapter each received $500 Shaping Rural Missouri Grants — Shamrock 4-H Club's funding will go toward updating welcome signs for the local community, while Russellville's grant will go toward helping to create an outdoor learning center at Russellville High School.

Due to school closures, FCS Financial offered two rounds of funding for the grants this year. The cooperative awarded 32 grants in 2020.

In the nine years of its existence, more than $133,000 has been awarded to Missouri 4-H clubs and FFA chapters. Grants are awarded to organizations with plans to complete a community improvement project by the end of the year.

"Community development in rural Missouri is very important to FCS Financial. I am excited that we were able to award these additional grants," Scott Gardner, Vice President, Sales & Marketing, FCS Financial, said. "These grants strengthen our rural communities and allow our youth to work as a team to accomplish a worthy goal."

A complete list of award winners can be found at www.myfcsfinancial.com.

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