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America’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Agencies in
Multiple States to Support Farming Communities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Monsanto Fund

Deadline Date:

11/01/17 5:00 PM CT

Description:

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Grants of $2,500 to USA nonprofit charitable organizations and government agencies in multiples states to support farming communities. Farmers who are actively engaged in farming corn, soybeans, cotton, field vegetables, tomatoes, peppers, and/or cucumbers grown in protected culture can apply to be awarded a Grow Communities donation. Winning farmers will be asked to choose an eligible nonprofit organization in their home county to receive the Monsanto Fund donation.

Funding must be used by the selected nonprofit or governmental agency to improve local communities and organizations within the county where the winner farms or resides.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176287

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant is $2,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

County Eligibility:
This Program is open to farmers who live or farm in one of the eligible Counties listed in the "Eligible Counties" section at: http://www.americasfarmers.com/community-outreach/grow-communities-official-rules/

The Eligible Counties meet one of the following criteria:
- A total of either (i) 30,000 acres of corn, soybeans and/or cotton, and/or (ii) 30,000 acres of vegetables (defined as one or more of the following: pepper; tomato; onion; broccoli; cucumber; melons; watermelons; spinach; squash; pumpkin; sweet corn; lettuce; peas; and garden beans), are planted per calendar year within the boundaries of the county. Planted acreage is based on the January 2017 U.S.D.A Crop Production Report for 2016 State acres as received from Farm Service Agency (FSA) data with estimated county level acreage; or
- The county was eligible to participate in the America’s Farmers Grow Communities program in a prior year.

Farmer Eligibility:
Entrants must:
1) Live or farm in an Eligible County,
2) Be 21 years of age or older at time of enrollment, and
3) Be actively engaged in farming a minimum of 250 acres. A farmer is "actively engaged in farming" if he or she performs the work on the farm, or hires and actively manages others who do so.

Eligible Charities:
In order to be eligible to receive a grant under this Program (a “Grant”), the charity selected by an entrant (a “Charity”) must be a tax-exempt public charity, meaning that the Charity must be recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) or as a “unit of government” under Section 170(c)(1).

As a rule, grants are not provided to: religious organizations; veterans organizations, political groups; fraternal organizations; any charity that discriminates against any individual by virtue of his or her race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation (real or perceived), or any other characteristic protected by applicable United States federal or state law is not eligible to receive a Grant.

Individuals Not Eligible to Participate:
The following individuals are not eligible to participate in the program: (i) officers, directors, and employees of Monsanto Fund (the “Sponsor”), or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies; (ii) officers, directors and employees, of Monsanto Company, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; (iii) spouses or domestic partners of any of the officers, directors or employees listed in (i) or (ii), above; (iv) officers, directors and employees of any seed dealers; and (v) spouses or domestic partners of any of the officers, directors or employees listed in (iv), above.

Ineligible Expenses:
Grants may not be used by the selected charity for any of the following: (a) individual aid or personal support; (b) underwriting deficits; (c) fraternal, labor or veterans’ organizations, unless the project benefits the general public; (d) benefits, dinners or advertisements; (e) religious, politically partisan, or similar groups; (f) endowments; (g) activities that directly support marketing programs; or (h) projects in which Monsanto Fund or Monsanto Company has a financial interest, or from which either one could derive a financial benefit. Determinations of whether the proposed use of funds meets the criteria described herein shall be made in the Sponsor’s sole discretion.

Pre-Application Information:

1. Program Entry Period:
Entries for America’s Farmers Grow Communities (“Program”) must be received between 10:00 a.m. Central Time on August 1, 2017 and 5:00 p.m. Central Time on November 1, 2017 (the "Program Entry Period").

How Farmers Enter:
There are multiple ways for an Eligible Farmer to enter this Program, as described below:

a) Eligible Farmers may enter the Program online (see contact info. below).and submit an entry during the Program Entry Period.

b) Eligible Farmers may enter the Program by mail, by either signing and returning a business reply card or mailing in an entry form. Once completed, mail to the funding source (see contact info. below). Mail-in entries must be postmarked within the Program Entry Period. Any entry received after November 1, 2017 will not be accepted. See Supporting Documents below to download a copy.

c) Eligible Farmers may enter the Program by phone, (see contact info. below) and answer all required registration information questions during the Program Entry Period.

Limit one entry per person, regardless of method of entry.

Winner Selection:
On or about November 15, 2017, a computer program will be used to randomly select Award winners. Award winners will be notified by phone in November and December 2017. Winners are announced on the website in January.

Click here to view the Official Rules:
http://www.americasfarmers.com/grow-communities/program-rules/

Click here to view the online FAQs:
http://www.americasfarmers.com/community-outreach/grow-communities-faqs/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Enrollment Form:
http://www.americasfarmers.com/grow-communities/#enroll-form

Address for mail-in entries:
America’s Farmers Grow Communities
Monsanto Sales Support Center
622 Emerson Rd, Ste 150
St. Louis, MO
63141-9586

Phone number for phone-in entries:
1-877-267-3332

Click here to contact the funding source: http://www.americasfarmers.com/contact-us/

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules or a list of the winners, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to:

America’s Farmers Grow Communities Official Rules
800 North Lindbergh Blvd. B2NA
St. Louis, Missouri 63167.

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maryland;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming