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Compeer Financial Awards $169k in General Use Grants

09/10/2021 @ 10:30 am

The Fund for Rural America, Compeer Financial’s corporate giving program, has awarded 32 General Use Grants, totaling over $169,000. 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.”


Cook County Farm Bureau® and Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation are receiving funds for a nutrient loss rural urban exchange and agricultural literacy efforts to connect students to agriculture in an urban environment respectively.


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.

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