Seeds for Stewardship

Seeds for Stewardship

Working together for a greater impact

CHS is committed to the communities where we live and work.  One way we live out the cooperative spirt is by matching cooperative contributions up to $5,000 for projects in rural communities through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship program.

Grant guidelines

CHS Country Operations locations or CHS member-cooperatives can apply for Seeds for Stewardship grants during the open application periods from May 1 to July 1 or Dec. 1 to Feb. 1.  Grant requests received directly from a local organization are not accepted. 

  • Each cooperative can receive up to $5,000 in matching funds annually.
  • Cooperatives can receive up to two grants per year totaling a maximum of $5,000; $1,000 is the minimum matching contribution considered.
  • Cooperatives with multiple locations are eligible to receive up to two grants per year on behalf of the entire organization, regardless of how many locations they have.

Seeds for Stewardship applications are accepted during two application cycles each year.  The next application cycles are Dec. 1, 2020 to Feb. 1, 2021 and May 1 – July 1, 2021.  The online application will be available during those times. 

Applications are only accepted online. The application link will be available Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 1, 2021 and May 1 – July 1, 2021.

  • Grants will be evaluated on a competitive basis and funds are not guaranteed. 
  • Priority is given to projects that improve ag safety in rural communities and cultivate ag leaders. 
  • The Seeds for Stewardship grant program does not fund sports team sponsorships, fundraisers, one-time events, sponsorships, disaster relief, individuals, scholarships, memorials, statues, business-related expenses, economic development or administrative costs. 

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