Seeds for Stewardship

Seeds for Stewardship

Working together for a greater impact

The CHS Seeds for Stewardship program matches cooperative contributions up to $5,000 for projects in rural communities. Since 2018, more than 360 communities have benefited from matching grants. Your local community could be next.

Grant guidelines

  • Grant requests must be submitted by a local cooperative. Grant requests received directly from a local organization are not accepted.

  • Each cooperative can receive up to $5,000 in matching funds annually.
  • A minimum matching contribution of $1,000 and maximum of $5,000 will be considered.
  • Cooperatives are eligible to receive up to two grants per year. For instance, a cooperative might choose to designate $3,000 to a local FFA chapter and $2,000 to assist a local fire department.
  • Cooperatives with multiple locations are only eligible to receive up to two grants per year on behalf of the entire organization, regardless of how many locations they have.

  • Applications are only accepted during the two application periods, Dec. 1 to Feb. 1 and May 1 to July 1 each year.

Applications are only accepted online from Dec. 1 to Feb. 1 and May 1 to July 1 each year. 

The Seeds for Stewardship competitive grant program supports requests that strengthen and uplift hometown communities. Priority is given to requests that align with ag safety and farmer well-being, agriculture education, and rural community vitality. Examples may include grain bin safety equipment and training, local FFA and 4-H support, and food shelf donations.


Seeds for Stewardship grants will likely not be awarded for: 

  • Individuals, individual needs, or individual fundraisers
  • Sports teams or athletic requests
  • Medical/disease related causes
  • Groups with religious affiliation or Religious groups for religious activities
  • Political campaigns, fundraisers, or lobbying efforts 

Grants will be evaluated on a competitive basis and funds are not guaranteed.

Seeds for Stewardship success stories

CHS Seeds for Stewardship

Other CHS grant programs

CHS and the CHS Foundation support a variety of projects on the national, state and local level.

Learn more about giving guidelines