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Working Here Fund
Grant Program Information and Application

Current Grant Period Runs through September 30, 2015

Through our Working Here Fund, Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica) has set aside grant funds for projects and organizations that make a positive, long-term impact in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming in the areas of:

  • Agriculture Education – education for youth, high school, university, general public or producers specific to agriculture
  • Young and Beginning Producers – funding projects and initiatives that support the next generation of agriculture
  • Hunger and Nutrition – support for addressing food and hunger issues, enabling food production and providing a food source for needed populations and geographical areas

Grants of up to $2,000 each are available. Requests must meet the required selection criteria detailed below. Grants will also be considered for essential services and disaster relief needs that impact rural communities. 

How to Apply

Grant applications can be completed online at FCSAmerica.com. Applications will be evaluated quarterly.

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The deadline for applying for FCSAmerica grant funds is September 30, 2015. Results will be communicated in October 2015, following the corresponding open grant period.

Selection Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate how contributions will be used for purposes that serve Agriculture Education, Young and Beginning Producers, or Hunger and Nutrition programs described above.

Qualifying programs must benefit communities within the Farm Credit Services of America service area of Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota or Wyoming.

Grant requests that meet the selection criteria are considered by an FCSAmerica review committee. FCSAmerica gives priority to applications made by nonprofit organizations with an exempt status under IRS section 501(c)(3). Grant funding cannot exceed $2,000 per organization within a 12-month period.

FCSAmerica may choose to fully or partially fund grant requests. Previous grant funding does not guarantee continuing support to any organization. Grants are discretionary and restricted to a specific purpose. Grant requests must be consistent with the values and mission of FCSAmerica. FCSAmerica will not provide critiques of proposals submitted.

Outlined below is a guide for the types of activities not supported by the FCSAmerica Working Here Fund:

  • Programs and projects of charities that do not support agriculture, young and beginning producers, agricultural education, or hunger and nutrition
  • Contributions for political support purposes, scholarships, or memberships in professional societies or trade organizations
  • Individual or personal endeavors or projects, or individual farm operations
  • Participation or entrance fees for charitable events or financing of charitable organizations
  • Religious or sectarian programs or groups that benefit the specific organization
  • Political campaigns, candidates, lobbying groups, or causes
  • Sports teams or athletic events and competition; including equipment or uniforms related to sports
  • School activities or school booster club donations, including bands, choirs or fine arts programs
  • Private foundations promoting personal hobbies
  • Organizations or programs that are inconsistent with or do not align with non-discrimination, ethics, or other FCSAmerica policies, values or mission
  • Organizations that in any way pose a conflict with FCSAmerica goals, programs, services, or employees
  • Contributions for state annual meetings and regularly scheduled conferences.

The FCSAmerica grant program must be consistent with the values and mission of Farm Credit Services of America, which includes FCSAmerica being in compliance with the Employment Opportunities Act.

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