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Compeer Financial Announces General Use Grant Recipients
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/28/2020

The Sun Prairie-based Compeer Financial has awarded another 29 groups with General Use Grants to help fund initiatives that aim to enrich agriculture and the rural economy. It's part of the cooperative's Fund for Rural America giving program, in which over a million dollars have been dispersed throughout three states.

"Rural communities are facing extra hardships as they deal with the effects of the coronavirus," said Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist. "These organizations give back to their communities every day, supporting agriculture, technology, education and the environment now more than ever. We saw many groups find ways to help those impacted by the pandemic in rural America."

The following organizations from Wisconsin were among the grant recipients:

** Community Connections Free Clinic: purchasing supplies, medications, and equipment, and mechanical needs for the Outreach Bus

** Curds for Kids: purchasing cheese curds to include in schools summer meals, especially following the pandemic

** Free Clinic of Pierce and St. Croix Counties: providing medical services after being impacted by COVID-19

** GROW: increasing access to fresh, locally grown and healthy food snacks to free lunch and food pantry sites, after seeing an increased need because of COVID-19

** HealthNet of Rock County: providing home healthcare to migrant farm workers who have been impacted by COVID-19

** Living Hope Food Pantry: purchasing milk, butter, yogurt, personal care items and cleaning supplies, after increased need because of COVID-19

** Madison Area Food Pantry Gardens, Inc: a solar powered walk-in cooler, which was needed after a shared space was impacted by COVID-19

** Midwest Organic and Sustainable Education Service: staff training to provide more digital content and respond to shifting needs for farmer focused education and resources in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

** Neighbors Helping Neighbors: support for food insecurity efforts and additional relief services

** REAP Food Group: increasing support and technical assistance to farmers including free digital listings and webinars and resources on digital marketing and sales platforms, as producers are impacted by COVID-19

** Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers: educational programs including field days, field signs and newsletter

** Society of St. Vincent de Paul Council of Dodge County: expanding food box meals by purchasing dairy, protein, and produce items, after increased need because of COVID-19

** United Way of Dunn County: providing free personal protection kits and educational materials to community members, and personal protection supplies for staff, in response to COVID-19

** Vincent High School of Agricultural Sciences: urban agriculture teacher professional development

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