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County Fair Improvement Grant

For Immediate Release
Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant
[email protected] or (651) 245-6804

Compeer Financial Grants Available for County Fair Improvements
Funding available for livestock and 4-H building and arena repairs

Sun Prairie, Wis. (March 3, 2020) – The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, is offering a total of $180,000 in grants to eligible fairs throughout its 144-county territory. Applications for the County Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program are due by March 31.

The mission of the County Fair Facility Upgrade Program is to support rural areas in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin by funding county fair organizations as they repair fairground 4-H and livestock buildings, livestock judging arenas and more. Since 2018, the Fund for Rural America has awarded over $344,000 through this program, impacting the lives of more than 3.5 million fair organizers, participants and attendees.

“County fairs are such an important tradition in rural communities, bringing together people of all ages to learn and explore agriculture,” said Karen Schieler, corporate giving specialist. “We provide this grant as a way to bring out the best experience for fair-goers across our territory.”
Each fair is eligible for $3,000 in funding. Fairs that received the grant in 2019 will not be considered in 2020.

For more information and to apply for the Country Fair Facility Upgrade Program, visit

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

About Compeer Financial
Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $21.4 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.


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