Southwest Junior Stockmen awarded

Madison County’s Southwest Junior Stockmen 4-H Club recently received a $475 Pioneer Grant. Pioneer awards “seed money” grants to local 4-H clubs planning community improvement projects. The money helps clubs successfully accomplish goals which benefit local communities. Southwest Junior Stockmen will invest the money to erect a new Madison County 4-H sign near Macksburg.

Several steps were involved in attaining the grant, including: detailed project drafting and proposal, contacting local agencies (for any needed permission), completing a step-by-step budget and fundraising. Once the 4-H club decided to submit this grant application, they took their paperwork to the county extension office in January. An extension staff member reviewed the forms. Completed Pioneer Seed Grant proposals and letters of support were later sent to Iowa’s State 4-H Office. Grant winners were announced in mid-April.

After completion of the community service project, the 4-H club will submit another report to Madison County Extension and Outreach and Iowa’s State 4-H Office by October 11. This final document will include photos of the group putting up the new sign. Any newspaper accounts of the process will also be included.

“Many people don’t realize the amount of hard work and time going into applying for a grant. It is definitely not an easy process. We, at the Extension Office, are so very proud of our Southwest Jr. Stockmen. They went above and beyond to promote 4-H throughout the community while carefully using the grant that they worked so diligently to receive,” said Nicole Navin, Executive Director of Madison County Extension and Outreach.

Pioneer distributed grants to 14 other 4-H clubs across Iowa.