The philanthropic arm of the Fortune 500 Company, a food, grain, and energy company with a stewardship focus of building vibrant communities. The Foundation supports education and leadership programs that invest in the future of agriculture, cooperative business, and rural America. The Foundation focuses its grantmaking on the following five areas: university partnerships, rural youth leadership development, cooperative education, returning value to rural communities, and farm and agriculture safety. Funding in the University Partnerships category invests in the future leaders in cooperative business and agriculture at the collegiate level through scholarships, grants, and resources. The program is designed to encourage academic, professional, and leadership development among today’s college students pursuing careers in the agricultural industry. Funding in the Rural Youth Leadership Development program supports a wide range of programs through established organizations such as FFA, 4-H, Ag in the Classroom, and Junior Achievement in rural communities. Funding for this program is provided at the state, regional, and national levels. Cooperative Education funding is competitive and applications for 2009 for this program must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2008. Returning Value to Rural Communities grants are targeted at building leadership capacity in rural America through adult education and leadership initiatives. Here, the Foundation is open to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. Farm and Agricultural Safety grants support education programs that help keep farm families, children, and agribusiness professionals safe. Applications must be submitted through the online application form. Giving outside of national efforts typically is earmarked for programs in Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Depending upon circumstances, the Foundation may fund projects in other states.
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