Grants of up to $10,000 to Minnesota and Wisconsin nonprofit organizations for programs benefitting the funding source’s rural communities in the areas of: education, environment, technology, and quality of life. Funding may be requested for project or program support, technical assistance, general operating support or equipment.
1) Education – Educating young, beginning or future farmers.
2) Environment – Maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment.
3) Technology – Supporting the advancement and utilization of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural communities.
4) Quality of Life – Programs or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities.
AgStar’s service area includes the following communities:
Generally Not Funded:
-Programs outside of the four focus areas.
-Programs of religious groups except where they provide needed services to the community at large and do not include or promote a particular religious instruction or belief.
-Legislative or lobbying efforts.
-Fundraising activities such as benefits, charitable dinners, annual fund drives or sporting events.
-Sponsorship of organized sports teams or sporting activities.
-Construction or maintenance of recreational facilities, such as ballparks, bleachers, playground equipment, trails, health club memberships and related transportation, etc.
-Books and magazines, articles or advertising in professional journals.
-Fraternal societies and orders, or veteran organizations.
-Arts-related facilities and activities, such as performing group equipment, concerts, art shows, theatrical productions, etc.
-All or portions of public or private school teaching positions.
-Deficits already incurred, loans or debt retirement.
-Programs or activities that directly benefit specific individuals or private businesses.
-Programs or activities that directly benefit AgStar employees or directors.
-The AgStar Fund will not fund grant requests from organizations that are discriminatory toward other organizations or individuals, or to organizations that engage in activities that are not compatible with the AgStar Fund mission.
Applicants may apply online between October 1 and November 30.
Please note, previous funding does not guarantee continuing support to any organization.
The AgStar Fund for Rural America may fund only a portion of the many worthwhile grant requests received each year. Requests may receive partial funding.
Estimated Size of Grant
Funding is limited to $10,000 per organization per year.