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CHS Prairie Lakes Community Funds

Grants to Minnesota Schools, Organizations, and Groups
for Agricultural Education and Rural Community Development

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CHS Prairie Lakes

Deadline Date:

07/01/17 - Excluding High School Senior Scholarship

Description:

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Grants to Minnesota school districts, community organizations, and agricultural groups to enhance rural communities and agricultural education in regions where the funding source has a business presence. In addition, scholarships are available to qualifying high school seniors who are entering college. Applications may be submitted under the following programs.

1) Elementary and Secondary Education Grant

To help ensure a strong future in rural America, CHS Prairie Lakes will be awarding multiple grants throughout the 2016 - 2017 school year. Payment of the grant will be made directly to the school/department as indicated on the application.

Support is towards the advancement and development of resources, equipment, and supplies for use in the classroom. Funding provided at the local district or classroom level.

2) High School Senior Scholarship

Ensuring a strong future for agriculture is the primary goal of CHS Prairie Lakes scholarships. CHS Prairie Lakes will be awarding several scholarships to high school seniors in 2017. Payment of scholarship monies will be made jointly to the scholarship recipient and their college or university as indicated on the application.

Applicant selection will be based on academic achievement, leadership characteristics, community involvement, and their vision of the future of agriculture. Recipients are selected from the applying pool of applicants by the scholarship committee. Special consideration is given to children of CHS Prairie Lakes’ member-owners.

3) Agricultural Classroom/FFA Grant

To help ensure a strong future in rural America through agricultural classroom instruction, CHS Prairie Lakes will be awarding multiple grants throughout the 2016 - 2017 school year.

Support is targeted to assisting in the advancement and development of resources, equipment, supplies for use in the Agricultural classroom. Funding provided at the classroom/department level.

4) 4-H Grant

To help ensure a strong future in rural America through instruction, CHS Prairie Lakes will be awarding multiple grants during the year.

Support is targeted to assisting 4-H clubs in providing superior programs in science, engineering and technology, healthy living, and citizenship. Funds may be used for resources, equipment, or supplies. Funding is provided at the local, district or classroom level.

5) Returning Value to Rural America

The Returning Value to Rural America grant is offered to help ensure a strong future in rural America. CHS Prairie Lakes will be awarding multiple grants throughout the fiscal year of September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2017 to communities and their organizations.

Support is targeted to programs or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities. Grants are restricted to the following uses: Project or program support, Technical assistance, General operating support, and Equipment.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 157778

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Elementary & Secondary Education Grant: $50 - $1,000
-High School Senior Scholarship: $250 - $1,250
-Agricultural Classroom/FFA Grant: $50 - $1,000
-4-H Grant: $50 - $1,000
-Returning Value to Rural America: $100 - $1,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The CHS Prairie Lakes Community Funds program was established as a way to provide project funding for local schools, agricultural groups, and community organizations, along with graduating high school senior scholarships.

Elementary and Secondary Grant:
-Qualifying Public School Districts: Alexandria, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Browerville, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Melrose, Menahga, Minnewaska, Morris, Nevis, Osakis, Park Rapids, Paynesville, Sauk Centre, Sebeka, West Central Area and surrounding schools.

High School Senior Scholarship:
-Resident of the CHS Prairie Lakes trade area
-Graduating high school senior
-GPA of 3.0 or better
-Must have a designated major

Agricultural Classroom/FFA Grant Application
-Qualifying Public School Districts: Alexandria, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Browerville, Cyrus, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Melrose, Menahga, Minnewaska, Morris, Nevis, Osakis, Park Rapids, Paynesville, Sauk Centre, Sebeka, West Central Area, and surrounding schools.

4-H Grant Application
-Qualifying Counties: Becker, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Pope, Sebeka, Stearns, Stevens, Todd, Wadena

Returning Value to Rural America:
-Applicant must reside or exist within these qualifying communities and their surrounding areas: Alexandria, Belgrade, Brooten, Browerville, Cyrus, Elrosa, Farewell, Glenwood, Greenwald, Grey Eagle, Hoffman, Kensington, Long Prairie, Lowry, Melrose, Menahga, Morris, Osakis, Park Rapids, Paynesville, Sauk Centre, Sebeka, Sedan, Starbuck, Villard Westport, and surrounding areas.

Pre-Application Information:

Each year, the Community Funds program runs quarterly, with the first application deadline occurring in October.

Deadlines:
-October 1, 2016
-January 1, 2017
-April 1, 2017
-July 1, 2017

Please note that the 2017 High School Senior Application deadline was January 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM. All other applications are accepted quarterly according to the deadlines listed above.

Grant recipients must provide proof of purchase showing their purchases/expenses by August 30, 2017 before receiving the payment.

For the High School Senior scholarship, recipients must prove their enrollment before August 15, 2017 to receive funds.

Grant Coverage Areas:

More information about the CHS Prairies Lakes service area may be found here:
http://www.chsprairielakes.com/about-us/locations/

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota

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