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Compeer Financial Seeking General Use Grant Applications

Grants will be Awarded to Organizations in Ill., Minn. And Wis.

Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, is now accepting grant applications for the General Use Grant program.

General Use Grants fund initiatives and organizations whose work enriches agriculture and rural America, aligning with Compeer Financial’s mission.

For the May 2020 grant cycle, strategic partners and previous grant recipients with needs related to COVID-19 response will be prioritized in the review process. Prioritizing COVID-19 needs is part of a larger initiative by Compeer to support rural communities during the pandemic.

The fund has up to $200,000 available for grants to organizations in the 144-county Compeer territory whose work enriches agriculture and rural America. Applications for grants opens on May 1, 2020 and will be accepted through May 31, 2020.

“The General Use Grant Program is representative of Compeer Financial’s goals and outlook as an organization,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “Especially as our communities face the effects of the coronavirus, the General Use Grant is one way that we hope to live our commitment to the farmers and communities we serve, through good times and bad.”

Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded General Use Grants to 167 community organizations, totaling over $916,000 and directly impacting the lives of 1 million people. The Fund will offer this grant again in November 2020 to provide funding for early 2021.

Organizations that have already received a gift during the Compeer Fund’s response to COVID-19 should not apply.

About the Fund for Rural America
The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development and community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The Fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the Fund can be found at Compeer.com/giving-back.

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