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Emergency Response Equipment Collaboration Grant

For Immediate Release


Nora Nolden, Communications Consultant

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Compeer Financial Introduces Emergency Response Equipment Collaboration Grant

Up to $10,000 available for collaborating volunteer departments


Sun Prairie, Wis., (April 21, 2022)  Teamwork is critical when volunteer fire, rescue and ambulance departments need to respond to emergencies – especially in rural America. 

The Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, is introducing a new grant program this year to fill in gaps when it comes to specialized equipment for emergency response departments. The Emergency Response Equipment Regional Collaboration Grant Program encourages collaborative spirit to help bring specialized equipment to local departments working together to benefit rural communities. 

“We know rural departments often share resources and important pieces of life-saving equipment,” said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist with Compeer Financial. “The spirit of collaboration is strong for emergency departments across Compeer’s territory and we hope these grants can help impact even more lives.”

Specialized equipment covered by the grant can include chest compression systems, fit testing machines, hydraulic extrication tools, oxygen tank refill equipment and more. 

Grants are offered to two or more collaborating rural volunteer fire, rescue or ambulance departments serving adjacent jurisdictions for up to $10,000. Participating departments must be located in or providing services to Compeer Financial’s 144-county territory in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

The grant opens August 1, 2022, with a deadline of August 31. For more information about the grant and to apply, 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 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 $27 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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