Twenty-nine Iowa 4-H clubs have been awarded DuPont Pioneer Rural Community Improvement “Seed” grants totaling nearly $10,000. The grants, ranging from $50 to $500 per chapter, will be used to “seed” community improvement projects implemented by local 4-H chapters.
In Jones County, the Fairview Thunderbolts 4-H Club will use the funds to plan and landscape a walkway and park area, and raise a partially-sunken stone monument from 1924.
“The DuPont Pioneer grant program allows young people interested in food and agriculture to make a positive difference in their communities while learning valuable life skills,” said Kris Fish Kuhlman, executive director of the Iowa 4-H Foundation. “These grants give 4-H’ers a sense of appreciation for the communities where they live, and empowerment to make a difference where they find a need.”
Pioneer supports annual grants to encourage local 4-H clubs in Iowa to coordinate and participate in service activities and projects that benefit their communities. The grant money is used to cover the cost of labor, expertise and materials needed to complete improvement plans.
“Agriculture’s greatest asset is developing youth with leadership and a vision to influence the future,” said Rob Vincent, farm manager coordinator for DuPont Pioneer and Iowa 4-H Foundation board member. “The community grant program is an opportunity to develop these skills while making a difference on a local level.”