Compeer is offering grants this Fall – for Farmers Markets, Vendors, and Farmers

Fresh and healthy food is a vital part of our local and regional food systems. Farmers markets offer farmers the unique opportunity to work directly with consumers and diversify their business.

The Compeer Financial Farmer Market Grant Program has two different grant programs: one designed to help organizations and another for farmers directly.

Grants for farmer market vendors are designed to help farmers with education, marketing or technology advancements. This can include developing branding, website creation, or mobile payment technology products (excluding cell/smart phones) or fees. Grants funds are not intended for farm/operation input or operating costs.

Application Period

Applications are accepted from October 1 to November 15. The application will be available on this page beginning October 1. All applicants will be notified of their status 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Qualifications

Funding is available to farmer market vendors that meet the following qualifications:
  • Must be a client of Compeer Financial. Clients that received this grant earlier this year are not eligible. If you are unsure, please contact us before applying.
  • Actively using a booth or site at a bonafide Farmers Market*
    • At least three vendors of locally-produced agricultural products
    • Free and open to the public, with posted hours of operations
    • U-pick operations, single road-side stands and CSAs are not eligible
  • Grants are for up to $500

Are you with an organization looking for a grant? Click here

Questions

Contact grants@compeer.com or call (844) 426-6733.

FARMER MARKET GRANT PROGRAM- ORGANIZATION

Fresh and healthy food is a vital part of our local and regional food systems. Farmers markets are providing farmers the opportunity to sell locally grown and produced foods direct to consumers. The Compeer Financial Farmer Market Grant Program has two different grant programs: one designed to help organizations and another for farmers directly.

Farmer Market Organizations

Grants are for organizations that desire to enhance services to consumers and vendors, benefiting all those who utilize the market.
Grants should be geared toward marketing efforts, technology advancements, vendor educational opportunities, or conducting research studies. Vendor educational opportunities for direct training and technical assistant to vendors include marketing strategy, financial management, record keeping or customer service skills.

Application Period

Applications are accepted from October 1 to November 15. The application will be available on this page beginning October 1. All applicants will be notified of their status 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.

Qualifications

Funding is available to farmer markets that meet the following qualifications:
  • Applicants must be a bonafide Farmers Market*. Organizations that received this grant earlier this year are not eligible. To find out if you organization received a grant earlier this year, click here.
    • At least three vendors of locally-produced agricultural products
    • Free and open to the public, with posted hours of operation
    • *U-pick operations, single road-side stands and CSAs are not eligible.
  • Must be located in our 144-county territory.
  • Grants are for up to $1,000

Are you a vendor looking for a grant? Click here

Questions

Contact grants@compeer.com or call (844) 426-6733.

GENERAL USE GRANT PROGRAM

Compeer Financial General Use Grant Program

Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America’s General Use Grant Program underscores our commitment to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America. The purpose of the General Use Grant Program is to fund programs and organizations whose work aligns with our mission of “Enriching agriculture and rural America”.

For the May 2020 grant cycle, strategic partners/previous grant recipients with needs related to COVID-19 response will be prioritized in the review process. Organizations that have already received a gift during the Compeer Fund’s response to COVID-19 should not apply. Not all grant applications will be approved or fully funded.

We concentrate our giving in Compeer Financial’s territory and on those programs that fit strategically with the intent of our clients and their communities in which they live. In order to be considered for funding, requests for support must align with our mission, as well as, one of the following focus areas:

Education – educating young, beginning or future farmers.
Environment – maintaining or improving the quality of the rural environment.
Technology – supporting the advancement and utilization of technology for the benefit of farmers and rural communities.
Quality of Life – programs or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities.

Compeer Financial supports the direct delivery of services. All awarded funds must be used for direct project or program costs. Funds will not be awarded for indirect costs. These grants are discretionary and restricted to a specific purpose:

  • Project or program support
  • Technical assistance
  • General operating support
  • Equipment

Funding: Up to $10,000 per year, per organization.Please note:

  • Follow this link to see areas for which we will not provide funding.
  • Requests that fit one of our other grant programs are not eligible to apply through this grant program.
  • Grant requests may be partially funded.
  • Previous funding does not guarantee continuing support to any organization.
  • If an organization already received a grant in the calendar year, the new application must be for a different time frame, program or project.
  • Some organizations meeting the criteria may not receive support in a given year.
  • Compeer will not provide critiques of proposals submitted.
  • Applicants will be notified within 4-6 weeks after the application deadline.
  • Compeer reserves the right to approve or deny any request.
Compeer Financial may fund only a portion of the many worthwhile grant requests received each year. A decision to not fund a grant request does not imply that the applicant’s program is not needed or valued, but simply that it does not fall within our giving guidelines or priorities, or that funds are not available.
How to apply:
Who can apply? – Our giving programs are concentrated in our territory.
Those who meet our guidelines and criteria are encouraged to apply online.
Application Period: May 1 – May 31 and November 1 – December 4. The application link will be available on this page beginning May 1 and November 1.To see a list of previous General Use Grant recipients, click on the links below:
Summer 2019
Winter 2020Questions? Contact Melanie Olson. Email Melanie.Olson@compeer.com or call 952-997-1255.


 Posted by Jessica Jane Spayde, Community Development Educator, Extension Crawford County – Spayde@wisc.edu or 608-326-0223