Aug. 20 2019 11:32 AM

Grants will be Awarded to Rural Emergency Response Departments in Compeer Territory

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Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America, the Farm Credit cooperative’s giving program, is now accepting grant applications for the Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program. Emergency response departments save lives in communities across rural America, but without sufficient funding, these agencies are unable to do their valuable work. These grants help to offset the cost equipment needed to respond to emergency situations.

The fund has up to $450,000 available for grants to rural emergency response departments in the 144-county Compeer territory. Applications for grants will be accepted through August 31, 2019.

Each emergency response department will be eligible to receive up to $3,000, which can be used for emergency response equipment for rural volunteer fire, rescue or ambulance departments. Agencies that received grants in 2018 will not be eligible to apply this year.

“Emergency response departments play an invaluable role in the health and safety of rural communities,” said Karen Schieler, Senior Corporate Giving Specialist. “The Emergency Response Equipment Grant Program allows Compeer to enrich these rural communities and potentially save lives by helping to provide essential equipment that first responders need to do their jobs.”

In 2018, this grant program supported 164 agencies, directly impacting the lives of 1,818 first responders and touching the lives of more than 304,600 rural residents.

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 and 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 $21.3 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.