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Mission Fund

2024 Application Period is Now OPEN.

The Mission Fund will award grants to organizations who are positively impacting the quality of rural life in rural Ohio. The grants are awarded on an application based system within four 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 cooperatives
  • Quality of Rural Life—Programs, projects or initiatives that enhance the quality of life for farmers and rural communities

"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 July 31. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee comprised of AgCredit directors, employees and members. Funds will be awarded by December 31.

Priority for grants will be given to purposes benefitting the eighteen county AgCredit geographic area and secondarily to other counties in Ohio. 

Congratulations to our 2023 Mission Fund Recipients:
  • Agricultural Education Department-Carey Exempted Village Schools, Wyandot County, $12,000
  • Cardington Fire Department, Morrow County, $10,000
  • Ft. Jennings Volunteer Fire Department, Putnam County, $10,000
  • Marion County Agricultural Society Inc, Marion County, $7,500
  • Marion County Jr. Fair Building Improvement Committee, Marion County, $7,500
  • Morrow County Fair/Fairboard, Morrow County, $4,795
  • New Riegel Joint Fire District, Seneca County, $4,795
  • Ottawa Elementary, Putnam County, $4,835
  • Paulding Soil and Water Conservation District, Paulding County $6,000
  • Portage Fire District Firefighters Association, Ottawa County, $9,690
  • Putnam County Calf Keepers, Putnam County, $15,000
  • RV Farm (River Valley Local School District), Marion County, $12,000
  • Whetstone Volunteer Fire Department, Crawford County, $5,680
Hancock County Soil and Water Conservation District will use the Mission Fund grant to purchase a drone to which will help them make more routine inspections on ditches and rivers in Hancock County.