The Mission Fund will fund grants to organizations who meet the objective and focus of the fund. The grants will operate on an application-based system within the following four areas:
"The AgCredit Mission Fund allows us an opportunity to invest in the future of agriculture and positively impact the quality of life in rural Ohio," says Brian Ricker, AgCredit President and CEO.
Organizations may apply for grants up to $15,000 per year. Grant applications will be accepted annually from March 1 to August 31. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of AgCredit directors, employees and members. Funds will be awarded by December 31, 2018.
Priority for grants will be given to purposes benefitting the eighteen county AgCredit geographic area and secondarily to other counties in Ohio.
Acres of Adventures focuses on helping the non-farm public connect with food and farming. Funds will be used to build the Learning Center. The Learning Center will feature different areas specific to agricultural subjects including hands on exhibits to promote Ag to the public. The building will also have meeting space available for different groups and events to use.
Their goal is to train Ohio teachers to help students secure the credential before graduation and choose a career in agribusiness, food science/processing or farming. The funds will be used to develop a professional teacher training pilot focused on modern farming and food science. This training will target 30 middle and high school educators to help them deliver custom curriculum focused on food science and ultimately educate and equip students for a career in agribusiness.
Paulding County Area Foundation is a non for profit organization with funds representing a partnership with an individual, family, business or non-profit. Funds will help the Grover Hill community purchase a building for a community library in the village.
This group provides outreach to high school students in Sandusky County that are interested in a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. The funds will be used to organize a science fair and scholarship competition for local high school students. The science fair will focus on the agricultural issue of nutrient runoff relater to tillage methods, cover crop usage, and underground tiling.
The Swine Committee strives to provide a safe and fun environment for the Jr. Fair youth and their families to exhibit swine at the Seneca County fair. Funds will be used to install new fans, replace 5 rows of pens, upgrade the holding/wash area, and fixing gutters and downspouts on the outside of the building.