Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, has awarded 40 General Use Grants, totaling $182,000. General Use Grants fund initiatives and organizations whose work enrich agriculture and rural America, aligning with Compeer Financial’s mission.
The organization says the grants will directly impact the lives of 1.2 million people and will touch 6.2 million lives. Eighteen grants totaling $91,293 went directly to coronavirus-related efforts.
“The General Use Grant is integral to our organization’s commitment to the farmers and communities we serve,” says Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “This program impacts the communities where Compeer clients and team members live and work and embodies our commitment to enriching agriculture and rural America.”
Since the program was established in 2018, the fund has awarded 235 General Use Grants, totaling over $1.2 million. The fund will offer grants again in May to provide funding for summer 2021.
The 40 organizations in Compeer Financial’s territory receiving support from the General Use Grant Program include:
- Catholic Charities, Diocese of Madison, Mobile Food Pantry program
- Community Connections Free Clinic, for desktop computers, phones and a portable blood pressure machine to equip exam rooms and the tele-house suite to serve patients virtually
- Dairy Girl Network, developing program materials, marketing and events for cultivating gender respect and inclusion on dairy farms
- Envision Greater Fond du Lac Agri-Business Council, Little Hands on the Farm interactive mock farm
- Feed My People, rural pop-up food pantries
- Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, concrete repairs in the facility and a refrigeration unit for the delivery van
- Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, purchasing television airtime for the Humble Logger ad
- ICAA, digital marketing technical assistance for rural businesses
- Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, digital program expansion to schools in rural communities
- Living Hope Food Pantry, purchasing dairy, fruits, vegetables, boxed meals, quick-cook meals and healthy snacks to supplement Second Harvest and Emergency Food Assistance Program boxes
- Marshfield Medical Center — Beaver Dam, Recovery Meals Program for discharged patients
- Mutual Community Mission Group, weekend food supplementation program for elementary students
- Rice Lake Area Free Clinic, air purifiers, face shields, touchless thermometers, vials of insulin, and support for coordinated care via telephone: tele-med platform subscription, electronic stethoscope and a camera
- Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, purchasing food and expenses for rural pop up food pantries
- Stepping Stones of Dunn County Inc., support for rural pop up food pantries
- Sunshine Place Inc., rent and utility assistance, food, clothing or personal care items for families financially impacted by COVID19
- Turtle Lake Area Food Pantry, a walk-in freezer and shelving
- UW-Platteville Pioneer Farm, a new water pump, piping, hose and installing water flow sensors in the milking parlor to reduce water use
- Wisconsin Rural Women's Initiative, rural community outreach to promote mental and personal health
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 1% 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, and is 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.