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General Use Grants Awarded

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Awards $169K in General Use Grants

32 Grants Awarded to Organizations in Compeer Territory


Sun Prairie, Wis., (August 17, 2021)  The Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, has awarded 32 General Use Grants, totaling $169,097. General Use Grants fund initiatives and organizations whose work enriches agriculture and rural America, aligning with Compeer Financial’s mission. 

In total, the grants this cycle will directly impact the lives of 104,296 people and will touch 850,000 lives. 

Since the program was established in 2018, the Fund has awarded 267 General Use Grants, totaling over $1.4 million.

“The effects of COVID-19 and food insecurity are prevalent and continue to impact rural communities,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer. “Many groups continue to find ways to support rural communities and enrich agriculture in their communities. We saw many applicants continue to find new and innovative ways to assist those impacted by the pandemic and food insecurity.” 

The following 32 organizations in Compeer Financial’s territory received support from the General Use Grant Program:



Adams County Farm Bureau Foundation: purchasing consumables for hands-on activities for the Agriculture in the Classroom program 

Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation: using literacy to connect students to agriculture in an urban environment

Cook County Farm Bureau: nutrient loss rural urban exchange 

Golden Friends: insulating and siding the last exterior wall of the Golden Library building

Greater Chicago Food Depository: tilt skillet for meal production pilot program 

Hamilton Elementary: purchasing food items, bags, toiletries and personal care items for Hamilton Weekend Food Bags

MyCAERT/Cutting Edge Curriculum: creation, evaluation, marketing and training of an online Agricultural Safety curriculum library 

Scales Mound School: furniture, supplies, and materials for Scales Mound Community Day Care 

Stateline Farm Rescue: training the Saint Anthony College of Nursing senior students on farm safety 

VIT Elementary: after-school tutoring program support



Camphill Village MN: replacing farm equipment 

Cooperative Development Fund of CDS: Technical Assistance for Chicago food cooperative start-ups 

Little Lakers Child Care Center: equipment, licensing, and training for child care center to address critical community need for child care 

LSS Meals McLeod County: a refrigerator, freezer, hot food carriers, food delivery bags, utility carts, and coolers for outreach and expansion in McLeod county 

Loaves & Fishes: purchasing a refrigerated truck to rescue food in rural Minnesota

Luverne Area Community Foundation: growing season maintenance and improvements for Project Food Forest

Minnesota Farmers’ Market Association: Local Foods Sustainability Project data collection and Farmers' Market Academy

Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center: compost, germination mix, seeds, irrigation supplies, tools, tool and equipment maintenance, and food distribution boxes supporting regional food access and security 

Women’s Environmental Institute: purchasing a refrigerated van

Wright County Community Action, Inc.: walk-in refrigeration and freezer unit to support frozen meal and produce distribution 

YMCA of the North - Camp St. Croix: purchasing a walk-in cooler to better meet Farm & Garden Program objectives



Dodge County Farmer for Healthy Soil- Healthy Water: creating and editing informational videos of conservation and regenerative agricultural practices 

Fondy Food Pantry: acquisition of a global industries pallet jack with scale 

Indianhead Community Action Agency, Inc.: purchasing a refrigerated truck

Lancaster Food Pantry: a refrigerator for milk 

Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service: educational events for the From Bootless to In Her Boots program 

New Richmond High School: hutches, water totes and heaters, feeder, gravity box with cover, garden weed barrier, fence posts and fencing, classroom set of bee jackets and gloves and classroom honey harvesting equipment for SOAR Educational Center 

Operation HELP: farmers market and food harvest vouchers 

REAP Food Group: upgrading the web-based platform

ROOTED WI INC: improving greenhouse facilities, compost spreading equipment and irrigation hardware

Savanna Institute: experiential and technical education, and diversity and inclusion training for Agroforestry Apprenticeship Program 

Thursday’s Table, LTD: a new oven and food containers 


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 agricultural advocacy and development, agriculture education, cooperative initiatives, rural development and community enrichment; and youth engagement. 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 $25.4 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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