CHS Foundation Aids Rural Efforts, Education, Youth

grantsPrivate Funder: CHS Foundation, the giving arm of CHS Inc. (formerly Cenex Harvest States); Opportunity: 2017 foundation grants; Funding Focus: Education, rural youth leadership development, farm and agricultural safety, rural communities and university partnerships; Geographic Focus: National, (giving outside national efforts typically reaches the following states: CO, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, MI, MN, MO, MT, NE, ND, OH, OK, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WI and WY); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Varies, the foundation distributed $5.4 million in grants last year; Deadline: TBA, the next round is to open early next year.

Summary: Funding supports programs in rural areas. The foundation funds effort to improve the future of rural America, agriculture, and cooperative business through education and leadership development. The foundation supports national efforts related to its mission as well as programs within the CHS trade territory for regional, multi-state, or statewide projects. For the youth leadership development programs, support is targeted to programs emphasizing education.

Youth groups have benefited. The Nat’l Future Farmers of America Foundation ( won a $114,000 grants for a youth development program and the foundation gave $50,000 to Agriculture Future of America (, Kansas City, MO, for a rural youth leadership program.

Info: 800/814-0506, or 651/355-5073 fax; (website).

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