March 1 2019 11:42 AM

Grants Available for Fair Facility Improvements

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The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, is offering a total of $180,000 in grants to eligible county fairs throughout its 144-county territory. Applications for the County Fair Facility Upgrade Grant Program are due by March 31.

“County fairs enhance rural communities by bringing people of all ages together to learn and experience agriculture,” said John Monson, chair of Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America. “We provide this grant to ensure that fairs give the best possible impression to fair-goers as they experience this time-honored tradition.”

The mission of the County Fair Facility Upgrade Program is to support rural areas in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin by funding county fair organizations as they repair fairground, 4-H and livestock buildings, livestock judging arenas and more. Now in the second year of the program, Compeer Financial supported 64 fairs in 2018 with $180,000 in grants, impacting the lives of more than 1.9 million fair organizers, participants and attendees.

Each fairgound is eligible for up to $3,000 in funding. Fairs that received the grant in 2018 will not be considered in 2019.

For more information and to apply for the Country Fair Facility Upgrade Program, visit .

About the Fund for Rural America

The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America is the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, structured to support Compeer Financial’s mission to enrich agriculture and rural America. Compeer Financial’s Board of Directors has dedicated one percent of annual net earnings to support the Fund’s focus areas of education, youth engagement, rural development, community enrichment, agricultural advocacy and development, and cooperative initiatives. The fund is managed by a Board of Trustees, made up of team members from Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin and members of the Compeer Financial Board of Directors. More information about opportunities available through the fund can be found at .

About Compeer Financial

Compeer Financial is a member-owned Farm Credit cooperative serving and supporting agriculture and rural communities. The $20.8 billion organization provides loans, leases, risk management and other financial services throughout 144 counties in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Based in the Upper Midwest, Compeer Financial exists to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America, while providing personalized service and expertise to clients and the agriculture industry.

Compeer Financial is the third largest cooperative of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of lending institutions supporting agriculture and rural communities with reliable, consistent credit and financial services. Learn more about Compeer Financial.