America's Farmers Grow Communities: Growing Rural America One Community at a Time
Rural communities are important to U.S. farmers. It’s where they work, live and raise their families. Now, with support from the Monsanto Fund’s America’s Farmers Grow Communities SM, farmers across the U.S. are giving back to rural communities.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities gives growers the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite non-profit community organization. The program provides the Monsanto Fund with the opportunity to support organizations that are important to farmers and rural communities. It also gives farmers an opportunity to help build the communities they love so much.
America’s Farmers Grow Communities winners are randomly selected by the Monsanto Fund annually, and one winner will be drawn in each eligible county.
History of the Program
Monsanto Company started America’s Farmers Grow Communities with a pilot in 2009. The following year, the Monsanto Fund began sponsoring the program with a second pilot. These first two pilots provided nearly $1.2 million to farmers in 10 U.S. states.
The second pilot alone benefited 298 organizations, with 35 percent of the awards going to agriculture youth groups, 24 percent directed toward community organizations, and 15 percent donated to various educational programs.
With the success of the first two pilots, the Monsanto Fund launched the program nationally in 2011 to 1,204 counties and again in 2012 to 1,245 counties. This year, the Monsanto Fund expects to contribute more than $7.3 million in 1,271 counties across 39 states.
New This Year
- Plant your idea - Rural community members in eligible counties have the opportunity to suggest a local idea or initiative that farmers can consider when completing his/her Grow Communities application.
- Double donation for drought - Due to the worst drought in 50 years, nearly 700 of the 1,271 Grow Communities counties have been declared disaster areas by the USDA. To help these counties, the Monsanto Fund is providing an additional $2,500 donation through America’s Farmers Grow Communities.SM
Hear From the Winners
The numbers tell a story – but not one nearly as good as those the winners and their communities can share. Watch the videos to learn about the impact farmers are making in their communities, and start thinking about how $2,500 could help your community next year.
To learn more about the program, or to watch more stories, visit www.growcommunities.com.