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Q2 2023 Working Here Fund Grants Awarded


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Judith Nygren Corporate Communications & Public Relations Specialist
Phone: 402-348-3346


Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) awarded $601,040 in Working Here Fund grants in the second quarter of 2023. This brings the amount awarded through our Working Here Fund grants to more than $7 million since 2013.

The 130 non-profit organizations listed below received grants to support agriculture and rural communities with projects that address one of the following areas: agricultural education; young and beginning, hunger and nutrition; or rural disaster assistance and essential services.

These projects include greenhouses, rescue equipment, FFA support, food pantries, agriculture education materials and many others. A grant in Nebraska will help an FFA chapter convert a greenhouse into a functioning poultry lab. Eight grants throughout South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska will fund ambulances and/or ambulance equipment. And an Iowa grant will help support and train beginning producers through livestock education.

We recently refreshed our grant program to offer more financial support, sized to meet the needs of small and large projects. Nonprofit organizations in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming whose projects align with the mission of our grant program can now apply for up to $5,000 each quarter. Twice a year, we are awarding grants of up to $15,000 and up to $25,000. 

FCSAmerica is accepting grant applications for the third quarter of 2023 through September 30. To learn about the requirements and apply online, visit the Working Here Fund grants page.


Working Here Fund Grants Awarded up to $10,000


Dalla Terra Ranch Foundation/In Harmony
The New Farmer & Rancher Program - Livestock Handling

Ida County Agricultural Society
Hog Barn

Postville Comm School District
"Operation Postville Chapter Re-Build"

Anthon Community Fire Department
2023 Weis Fire Brush Truck

City of Greene
Fire Truck Replacement

City of Wayland Iowa
Fire Department Cascade System

Davis County Agricultural Society
Davis County Fair Hog Barn Renovation

Delaware County Fair Society Inc
Building Addition to Sheep Barn

Easton Valley Junior High/High School
Agriculture Greenhouse Learning Center

Gilbertville Fire Fighters Association
Emergency Services Building

Grundy County Agricultural Society
New Sheep Barn

IA Nice Inc
Food Security Program

Iowa Gardening For Good Inc
Starting a Greenhouse

Kingsley Volunteer Fire Department Inc
ISICS 800 Mhz Truck Radio Purchase

Middle River Friends Church
CCA Food Pantry

Morning Sun Fire Department
Skid Unit for Morning Sun Fire Department, Morning Sun Iowa

Morningside University
Precision Equipment for Urban Outdoor Classroom

Pocahontas County Fair Association Incorporated
Sheep and goat gates

Ringgold County Fair Association
Fair Building

Salix Fire Department
Personal Protective Equipment Purchase - 6 sets

Scarville Firefighters Association Inc
Fire Hall and Community Center

The Johnson County Agricultural Association
Lighting Additions, Repairs & Upgrades for Safety Improvement

Truro Fire & Rescue Association Inc
Mobile rescue unit

Winnebago County Fair Association
4-H Building Renovation

Woodbury County Fair Association Inc
Old Town Roof Project

Woodward-Granger High School
Greenhouse Build


Burwell Public Schools
Greenhouse and Learning Center

Creston Rescue Unit
New Ambulance

Deshler Public Schools
FFA Greenhouse

Osmond Ambulance
Ambulance Upgrade 

Arnold Public Schools
Greenhouse Project

Care Corps Inc
Pantry Remodel

City of Ashland Volunteer Fire Department
Extrication Tools

Clarkson Public Schools
FFA Chapter 

Custer County Agriculture Society
Fans for Indoor Arena and Show Ring

Elm Creek Public Schools
Greenhouse Project

Friend FFA Boosters
Purple Ribbon Meats Program

Merna Emergency Medical Services
Rescue Equipment Upgrade

Nebraska State Fair 1868 Foundation
Aksarben Stock Show

Norris High School
MecLab Automation Training

Open Door Mission
Food for Donation

Pawnee County Medical Foundation
New Ambulance Project

Plainview High School (FFA)
FFA Winter Market

Potter Fire Protection District #4
Bunker Gear

Spencer Volunteer Fire Department
Update Extrication Equipment

Sutherland Fire And Rescue
Ambulance equipment

Umonhon Nation Public School
Outdoor Classroom

Wilcox Rural Fire Protection District
New Ambulance 2023

Wood River Vision 2020
Legacy Station


City of Mobridge
Mobridge PD Vehicle Laptops

Mobridge Regional Hospital
FirstNet for First Responders

Custer FFA Chapter
Custer FFA Chapter start up

Black Hawk Volunteer Fire Department
Interactive Training

Bon Homme School District 04-2
Greenhouse Addition

Central States Fair
SoDak Ag-Venture Experience

Elk Point United Parish
Food Pantry

Java Fire District
Brush truck replacement

Madison United Methodist Church
Community Gathering Meal

Mitchell Technical College
SDCFRM Program Expansion

Revillo Fire Department
New Brush Truck

Sorum Fire Department
Fire Hall

Wasta Volunteer Fire Department
New Fire Hall

Working Here Fund Grants Awarded up to $2,000


DeWitt United Methodist Church
Summer Lunch Box Program

Algona First United Methodist Church
Food Pantry

St. Mary's School
Panthers Jr. Agriculture Club

Mid Sioux Opportunity Inc
Sioux County Food Pantry

Montgomery County Child Development Association Inc
Outdoor Classroom and Garden

Adair County Fair Foundation
Horse Barn Rewiring

Bethel United Methodist Church
Food Pantry

Calamus-Wheatland Sec Attendance Center
Tools for the Trades

Charlotte Community Fire Co
Entry Saw

Chickasaw Twp Fire Dist.
Hand Tools for Firemen

City of Tripoli Fire Department
iPad and Grass Fire Mask Filters

CRV Food Pantry, Inc.
Replenish Food 

Des Moines County Extension And Outreach
Safety Day Camp

East Mills Jr/Sr High School
Ag Classroom Storage Cabinets/Lab Space

Episcopal Corporation of The Diocese of Iowa
Serving Breakfast with Dignity

First United Church of Christ
Loaves and Fishes Food Distribution

Food Bank of Siouxland Inc
Backpack Program: Food for Kids

Franklin County Agri & Fair Assoc
Livestock Scale Upgrade and Repairs

The Freedom Foundation
Freedom Foundation Food Pantry

Friends of Fayette Fair Foundation Inc
Sound System for Show Barn

Girls Inc.
Gardens for the Girls

Iowa County Ag Extension District
Agriculture in the Classroom

ISU Extension and Outreach Kossuth County
Drone Education

Isueo Crawford County
Community Gardens

Kirkwood Community College Foundation
Food Pantry Program

McKinley Steam Academy
Grizzly Cove (food pantry)

Metro Catholic Outreach
Food donation/School food bags

North Iowa Area Community College Foundation
Microscopes and Mannequins for Biology

North-Linn Senior High School
Opening Doors

Osage Fire Fighters Association
Grain Bin Rescue Equipment

Presbyterian Church of Vinton
Senior Snacks Program

Riverside Elementary
Preschool Garden

Ruth Project
The Ruth Project

The Salvation Army Western Division
Food Pantry and Doing the Most Good Fresh Food Market

Santa's Camp And Wonderland
Hope Garden Program

South Hardin High School
Aquaponic & Hydroponic System Project

St. Raphael ff Brooklyn Orthodox Christian Church
Food Pantry and Community Garden

Wapello Community Ambulance
Trauma Response

Waukee Area Christian Services
Milk It

West Central Community Action
Harrison County Food Pantry Needs


Lawrence/Nelson High School
Poultry Lab

Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church
Food Pantry

Beatrice Public Schools
Establish FFA Chapter 

City of Hastings, Fire & Rescue
Technical Rope Rescue Equipment

Edison Volunteer Fire Department
Dual certified wildland gear

Eustis-Farnam High School
Greenhouse Grow Lights

Friends of The Omaha Farmers Market
Device to enable SNAP Program 

Gering Volunteer Fire Department
Grain Bin Tripod Rescue Kit

Greater St Paul Ministries Inc
Food Pantry

Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy Inc
Agricultural Workforce Apprenticeship Program

Heartland Family Service
Generations Community Center 

Hershey - Sutherland Food Pantry
Food Pantry

Holdrege Public Schools
Agricultural Drones (FFA)

House of Bah Foundation
Immigrant Culinary Integration 2023

Johnson County 4-H Council

Kimball Public Schools
Longhorn Beef Boosters

Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach Inc
Hunger Relief Program

Nebraska Youth Justice Initiative
RADIUS Residential Service

Orleans Rural Fire Department

Pawnee County 4-H Foundation
Ag Literacy Festival

Scribner-Snyder Secondary School

Spencer Volunteer Fire Department
Update Truck: essential equipment

Steinauer Community Foundation
Updated Equipment

Tabitha Inc
Meals on Wheels

Waterloo Volunteer Fire & Rescue Inc
Outfitting WFD Members for Grass/Field Fires

Wheeler Central High
Food Pantry Upgrade


Bennett County High School - 01
Re-activate FFA Chapter

McCook Central High School - 01
Hydroponic STEM garden