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Q4 2023 Working Here Fund Grants Awarded

student planting seeds

Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) awarded $1,219,140 in Working Here Fund grants in the fourth quarter of 2023. This brings the amount awarded through our Working Here Fund grants to more than $8 million since 2013.

The 136 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 relief/essential services.

FCSAmerica is accepting grant applications for the first quarter of 2024 through March 31. To learn about the requirements and apply online, visit the Working Here Fund grants page.

Working Here Fund Grants Awarded up to $25,000


Disaster Resilience Institute
Disaster Training Exercise

Acre Agriculture Education Center
Facility and Ag Education Expansion

Guthrie County Fair Foundation
Guthrie County Fair Showring Pavillion

Hawkeye Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association Incorporation
Hawkeye Fire Raising the Roof

Crawford County Fair Association
Hog Barn Show Arena Project

St. Lucas Fire Fighters Association Inc
New Pumper Truck

Fairbank Firemans Fund
Rural Rescue Response Trailer

Jackson County Ag Extension District
Together We Build


Broadwater Rural Fire District 4
Ambulance Purchase

Together Omaha
Commercial Freezer for New Food Pantry

Nebraska Community Foundation
Crawford Rural Fire Department Ambulance Replacement

Sheridan County 4-H Foundation
Event Venue Renovation

Benedict Volunteer Fire Department
Fire Truck Pumper

Cuming County Fair Foundation
Livestock Building

Goehner Volunteer Fire Department Inc
Lucas Chest Compression System

Silver Creek Ambulance
Silver Creek Ambulance


City of Bowdle – Bowdle Volunteer Fire Department
Rescue Truck

South Dakota Farmers Union Foundation
Farmers Union Agricultural Education Building

Lincoln County Fairgrounds Foundation Inc
Livestock Complex Animal Housing

Friends of Miner County 4-H Affiliate of South Dakota
Miner County 4-H Goat, Sheep, and Swine Barn Project

Garretson Volunteer Fire Department
New Building

Florence High School - 01
Rooted in Tradition

Sage to Saddle
Sage to Saddle



Wyoming Agricultural Leadership Council
Wyoming Ag Leadership Forum


Working Here Fund Grants Awarded up to $15,000


South Hamilton Middle/High School
Ag Mech Welding Equipment

Ottumwa High School
Bulldog Ranch

Lewis Township Fire and Rescue
Combination Extrication Tool

Matthew 25
Cultivate Hope Urban Farm Improvements

Center Point-Urbana High School
FFA Curriculum

Pella Christian High School Society
FFA Greenhouse

Dow City Arion Community Fire Department Inc
Grain Vac

Pella High School
Hydroponic Tower Gardens

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Lee County
Lee County Fair Office Remodel

Denver Community School District
New FFA Chapter

Quad Cities Community Foundation
River Bend Ag in the Classroom

Birmingham Volunteer Fire Department
SCBA replacement

Clay County Fair Charitable Trust
Stables Patio Project


Pawnee City Fire Department
Battery Powered Jaws of Life Extrication Tool

Completely Kids
Community Gardens

Wauneta Emergency Medical Services
Digital Radios

Cairo Community Foundation
Equipment and Protective Clothing

Pawnee County Fair Foundation
Fairgrounds Improvement Project II

Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska
LFS Global Roots

Lincoln County Agricultural Society
Linco Ag & Education Center

Pawnee City Community Foundation
Pawnee County Hospital Ambulance Fund

Southeast Community College Educational Foundation
Saddles for Student Success

Red Cloud High School
Welding Shop Ventilation System


Butte/Lawrence County 4-H
County Fairgrounds Horse Arena "Stable, Steady & Secure"

Meade County Fair Association Inc
Livestock Barn Addition

Fairfax Fire Department
UTV – Fire Response


Future Farmers of America State Associations & Local Chapter
Chapter Vehicle

Project Greenhouse


Working Here Fund Grants Awarded up to $5,000


Atlantic Food Pantry Inc
Food for Pantry

Bremer County Fair Association
4-H/FFA Youth Enrichment Center

Center For Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania
Empowering the Next Generation of Dairy Farmers

City of Lineville
Repairs/Addition to Fire Station

City of Oskaloosa
Rural Fire and Rescue Program

Educational Outreach Foundation Carroll County Fair
Livestock Barn Ventilation

Essex School
ECSD Farm School Feed/Tack Building

Friends of Chickasaw County Conservation

Friends of The GLR Ag Department
Meals for the Food Pantry With the Outreach Program

Gladbrook-Reinbeck Community School District
Feed the Rebels

Guthrie Center High School
Career and Technical Education

Guthrie Center High School
AC/GC FFA Greenhouse Project

Horizons A Family Service Alliance
Meals on Wheels

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Sioux County
Head Start Family Tomato Project

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Lee County
Agricultural School Enrichment Program

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach - Floyd County
Wellness for Families and Youth of Floyd County

Logan Volunteer Fire & Rescue
Grain Bin Rescue Phase I

Marshalltown Community School District
Freeze Dryers

Murray Jr/Sr High
Murray Ag Classroom Updates

North Central Iowa Ag in The Classroom
Agriculture Education – Chick Embrology Lesson

Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation
Food Pantry Support

Orient-Macksburg Comm School District
Greenhouse Plants and Suppplies

Progressive Agriculture Foundation
Safety Day Program

Radiant Life Community Church
Food Pantry Restock and Upgrades

River Valley FFA
Meals From the Heartland

Rudd-Rockford-Marble Rock Community School District
Greenhouse to Table

Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area Inc
Field Trip Program

South Winneshiek First Responders
Add Radios for Members

St Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church of Missouri Valley
Community Meals

Stanton High School
Agricultural Power and Technology Curriculum

Story City Fire Department
Upgrade Fire Department Rescue Tools

Treynor Fire Agency
Video Laryngoscope

Waco Community School District
FFA Chapter Support

Youth For Christ USA Inc
Youth EAT Pantry


70X7 Inc
Heartland KAH Meal Packing Event

Ashland-Greenwood Public Schools
Incubating Adventures

Assistance Individuals and Families Without Borders
The Emergency Social Assistance Plan

Cambridge Public Schools
Cambridge FFA Beef Program

Cedar Hollow School
Challenger Tower Garden

Centura Public Schools
Centura Ag-Ed Laser Engraver

College of Saint Mary
Maverick Food Pantry

Dakota County Agricultural Society Inc
Display Case Update

Doniphan-Trumbull Secondary
Grow Tower Expansion

Eastern Nebraska Community Action Partnership
Bellevue Food Pantry Dairy Items Purchase

Elgin Public Schools
Elgin Agriscience Investigations

Garden County Rural Fire Protection Dist. #2
Remote Truck Nozzle

Giltner Public Schools
Ag Department Curriculum Materials

Gothenburg Public Schools
WeldingWise: Gas Tank and Shop Advancement

Hastings College Foundation
Expanding Agricultural Education, Research, and Outreach at Hastings College

Kenesaw Public Schools
Small Town Sustainability

Mid-Plains United Way Inc
North Platte Senior Center – Home Delivered Meals

Millard South High School
Patriots Care Pantry

Mitchell Public Schools
Weekend Tiger Backpack Program

Morrill Public Schools
Swine Production

Nebraska Junior Academy of Sciences
Nebraska Junior Academy State Agriculture Science Research Competition

North Platte Catholic Shools Endowment-Trust Inc
Beef in Schools

Offutt Airmans Attic
Airman's Attic

Omaha Schools Foundation
Woolf Pack Fund

Osmond Community Schools
Swine Litter Processing

Silver Lake Public Schools
Grow Tower Expansion

Stuart Public Schools
New Equipment Purchase

Sutton Public Schools
Cultivating Minds and Cutting Corners

The Tri-Faith Initiative of Omaha Nebraska
Tri-Faith Hope Garden & Orchard

University of Nebraska Board of Regents
UNL Chapter National MANRRS

Wauneta-Palisade High School
Wauneta-Palisade FFA Bovine Fertility Project


Ascension Lutheran Church
Feeding Brookings: Weekly Food Distribution

Bowdle FFA
Ag Education CASE Curriculum Supplies and Materials

Clear Lake United Methodist Church
Stewards Against Childhood Hunger (SACH)

Feeding South Dakota
Backpack Program

Harding County High School - 01
Ag Leadership Curriculum/Food Science

Hartford Area Fire & Rescue Inc
Rescue Auger

Humboldt Fire & Ambulance Service
Humboldt Fire and Ambulance SCBA Equipped

Kingsbury County 4-H Leaders Association
Kingsbury County Ag Day

Lyman School District 42-1
Lyman Backpack Program

Safe Harbor
Shelter Pantry

Split Rock Township Volunteer Fire Department
Grain Bin Rescue Power Tools

State 4-H Leaders of South Dakota
Day County Horse Arena Crow's Nest

Working Against Violence Inc
Project Harvest – "Harvesting Hope, Nourishing Lives"


Blessings In A Backpack Inc
Food for Backpack Program

Developmental Preschool and Day Care Center
Exploration Garden

Food Bank of The Rockies
Fighting Hunger Feeding Hope

Goshen Help
Goshen Food Card

Guernsey Community Food Pantry
Food Pantry

Pinedale Community Food Basket Inc
Wrangle Hunger

United Methodist Church of Wheatland
PEAK Commodities

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