The AgStar Fund for Rural America was created to extend our commitment to the agricultural community. This special program underscores our dedication to agriculture and rural communities, and addresses the issues facing rural America. The trustees established the fund's mission: Enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.
We concentrate our giving programs in geographic areas where AgStar has a significant business presence and on those programs that fit strategically with the intent of our clients and their communities in which they live. The grants are discretionary and restricted to a specific purpose. The AgStar Fund does not allow awarded funds to be used for indirect costs. All awarded funds must be used for direct project or program costs. Funding is limited to $10,000 per organization per year.
AgStar Fund for Rural America grants are restricted to the following uses:
- Project or program support
- Technical assistance
- General operating support
The AgStar Fund supports direct delivery of services. Also, we will align the grants with the company’s broader business interests and community involvement programs.
In order to be considered for funding, requests for support must align with the Fund's mission, as well as, one of the following focus areas:
- Education – Educating young, beginning or future farmers.
- Environment – Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment.
- Technology – Supporting the advancement and utilization of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural communities.
- Quality of Life – Programs or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities.
How to Apply:
Who Can Apply? – Our giving programs are concentrated in our Local Service Area.
Giving Process & Guidelines – For maximum impact, we focus our giving program in four major areas: Education, Environment, Technology and Quality of Life.
Online Application – Those who meet our guidelines and criteria are encouraged to apply online between October 1 and November 30.
AgStar Fund 2012 Annual Report [PDF]
To find out more about the AgStar Fund for Rural America, contact Melanie Olson. Email Melanie.Olson@AgStar.com or call 952-997-1255.