Q3 2023 Working Here Fund Grants Awarded

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Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) awarded $297,535 in Working Here Fund grants in the third quarter of 2023. This brings the amount awarded through our Working Here Fund grants to more than $7 million since 2013.

The 72 nonprofit organizations listed below received grants to support agriculture and rural communities with projects that address one of the following areas: agricultural education, 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. Several grants in Iowa will help fund chick hatching kits for classrooms. A Nebraska grant will help expand ag education at the Lincoln Children’s Museum. And a South Dakota grant will help ensure students in need have access to food over the weekend.

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 fourth quarter of 2023 through December 31. To learn about the requirements and apply online, visit the Working Here Fund grants page.

Working Here Fund Grants Awarded up to $5,000

IOWA

4-H Clubs & Affiliated 4-H Organizations
Clinton County Livestock Judging Team – Western National Roundup

The Bridge of Storm Lake
Program Food Needs and Freezer Project Maintenance

Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom Jr-Sr High School
BGM Greenhouse Start Up

Iowa Community HUB (CHPcommunity)
Fresh Produce Delivery Program

Crescent Food Pantry
Food Pantry

Dow City-Arion Fire Department
Grain Vac

Dowling Catholic High School
Engaging Dowling

Eddyville–Blakesburg–Fremont Community School District
Farm Bot Challenge

First United Church of Christ
Food Packaging and Distribution to Food Pantry

Forest City Family YMCA
Community Garden

The Free Lunch Program
Iowa City Free Lunch Program

Glidden-Ralston Community School District
Greenhouse Project

Harrison County Food Pantry
Food Pantry Christmas Giveaway

Henry County Health Center Foundation
EMS Vest Project

Hinton Community School District Foundation
Ag Ed Classroom Equipment

H-L-V Community School District
HLV FFA Greenhouse Start Up

Holy Trinity Jr-Sr Catholic High School
Start Up FFA Chapter

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Classroom Chick Hatching Kits

Iowa Farm Bureau Federation
Little Farm Hands Learning Tent

Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Washington County
Chick Hatching in Classrooms

Le Mars Volunteer Fire Rescue
Fire Extinguisher Training

Mapleton Food Bank
Food Pantry

Mount Ayr High School
Infusing Technology into Ag Education

New Sharon Child Care and Preschool
Child Nutrition Funding

Refugee & Immigrant Voices in Action (RIVA)
Refugee Food Pantry

Solon Firefighters Association
Grain Bin Rescue Equipment

South Winneshiek Community School District
Veterinary Science in Bovine Production

St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Catholic Church
Equitable Access To Milk for All Pantry Clients

Takin' It To The Streets
Food Expenses and a Food Trailer

Temporary Aid Program
Temporary Aid Program

Tipton Community School District
Drone Purchase

United Way of Mahaska County
Take Along Weekend Food Program

Waco Community School Foundation
"Feed the Body, Feed the Brain" Program

Wallace House Foundation – A Museum And Vice Presidential Library
Geothermal Greenhouse Implementation and Educational Programming

West Central Valley High School
Classroom Curriculum

West Union Volunteer Fire Department
Wildland Brush Vehicle

Western Iowa Tech Community College Foundation
Comet Cupboard Food Pantry

NEBRASKA

AIM Institute
Youth in Tech – Ag Extension

Blue Valley Community Action
BVCA Food Pantries

Council of Independent Nebraska Colleges Foundation
70th Anniversary Campaign

Educational Service Unit 13
Panhandle Beginnings Day Treatment, VALTS (Valley Alternative Learning) and Life Link

Heart Ministry Center
Food Distribution Program

Heartland Family Service
HFS InSHAPE®

Holt Boyd Community Connections Collaborative
Feeding Our Friends

Kearney YMCA
Kearney Family YMCA Community Garden

Lewiston Consolidated Schools
Addition of Small Engines Course

Lincoln Children's Museum
Agriculture Education

Loup County Public Schools
Wolfpack Backpack Food Program

Midlands Community Foundation
Monitors/Defibrillators for Ambulances

Montclair Elementary School
Little Free Pantry

Nebraska 4-H Foundation
Agriculture Education Expansion

Nebraska State Chamber Foundation
Leadership Nebraska Agriculture Sessions

North Platte Community College Foundation
Flat Rock EMS Conference

Omaha ForUs
Pride Pantry

Prairie Loft Center
Agricultural and Outdoor Education Programs for Youth

Rackett Rural Fire District #4
Remote Nozzle

Seward Public Schools
Veterinary Science Project

Shickley High School
Welding Laboratory Update

St. Paul Public Schools
St. Paul FFA Greenhouse

The Arc of Norfolk
The Arc of Norfolk Holiday Soup Supper

University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Cultivando Caminos

University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Community Garden

University of Nebraska Board of Regents
Ag Literacy Day in Colfax County

University of Nebraska Foundation
UNK Agribusiness Class: Industry Tours

Wynot Public Schools
Agriculture Program

SOUTH DAKOTA

4 the Kids SD
4 the Kids SD Student Meal Help

Aberdeen Catholic School System
Roncalli Middle School Exploratory Program

Bon Homme County Food Pantry
Bon Homme Food Pantry Funding

Hitchcock Tulare High School
Curriculum Revitalization

Mitchell School District 17-2
Feeding Our Students Learning

Weekend Snack Pack
MSD School Year 2023-2024 Weekly Food Packs

WYOMING

Burns Jr & Sr High School
Farm-to-Plate

Future Farmers of America and its Buffalo FFA Alumni
Cotswold Sheep Program

Natrona County 4-H Foundation
Hydroponic Gardening

University of Wyoming Big Horn County Extension
Annie's Project

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