A Dozen Wisconsin Rural Initiatives Get Support

Compeer Financial’s Fund for Rural America has awarded 34 grants totaling $190,975 — a dozen of the recipients are in Wisconsin. These ‘General Use Grants’ fund initiatives and organizations whose work enriches agriculture and rural America.

These grants will directly impact the lives of 594,000 people, with one-quarter of the funding having a direct impact on farmers across the grant’s categories of education, environment, technology, or quality of life. In addition, half of the grants will support rural vitality through educational experiences or local healthcare.

This is the twelfth cycle of the grant, which has awarded more than $2.5 million and impacted the lives of over six million people since its inception. Compeer will offer this grant again in May to provide funding for summer 2024.

“The Fund is proud to provide support to the communities in which our team members live and work,” says Karen Schieler, senior corporate giving specialist at Compeer Financial. “The General Use Grants directly contribute to the health and vibrancy of rural America. These innovative ideas and work make a lasting difference.”

Thirty-four organizations got support throughout Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. See the Wisconsin recipients:


  • Amery School District: F.A.R.M Educational Trail and Cleanup Project
  • Food, Faith and Farming Network: Southwest Wisconsin Seed Money Initiative
  • Foxhead Regenerative Agriculture Project: development of the Upper Fox Local Food and Farms Guide
  • Good Neighbor Clinic of Sauk Prairie: refrigerator purchase for medication
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership: youth leadership seminar
  • Junior Achievement of Wisconsin: financial literacy and work readiness programming
  • Meals on Wheels of Sheboygan County, Inc.: garden irrigation
  • Northeast Entrepreneur Fund, Inc.: small business consultation and technical support
  • Northwood Technical College Foundation: equipment for medical laboratory technician program
  • Rusk County Land Conservation and Development Department: equipment for no-till program
  • UW-Madison Extension, Trempealeau County: upgrades and expansion to community garden
  • Vernon Economic Development Association, Inc.: food production equipment