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Twin Cities funding

The Twin Cities are home to our company headquarters and more than 1,100 CHS employees. CHS is committed to supporting organizations in the backyard of our headquarters that provide basic needs services, educate the next generation about agriculture and bring the community together.

Backyard Giving Grants

Organizations in the backyard of CHS headquarters are eligible for up to $5,000 to host events that bring the community together, educate the next generation about agriculture or provide Twin Cities residents access to healthy food and stable housing.


Applications are accepted March 1 to April 30, and Oct. 1 to Nov. 30.

Organizations that serve Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties are eligible to apply.

Organizations must be a 501c3 or related charity. Priority will be given to projects that provide access to healthy and affordable food, safe and stable housing, educate youth about agriculture, or community events that bring people together.

The Backyard Giving Grant program does not support sports teams or athletic requests, groups with religious affiliation, medical or disease related causes or individual needs. Organizations outside of Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties will not be considered.

In order to provide equitable support to the Twin Cities, organizations selected will only be eligible to receive funding every two years.

  • For instance, if an organization received an award during the 2020 spring application period, they would not be eligible to receive another award until the 2022 spring application period.

Examples of supported projects:

• Local food shelves
• Housing support for women and children
• Fundraising dinners/galas
• Agricultural education programs for urban youth

Employee giving campaigns

Twin Cities employees give back with their time, talent and resources throughout the year. The annual CHS United Way Campaign raises more than $800,000 for Greater Twin Cities United Way and United Way-funded agencies. In addition, CHS employees participate in food drives, toy drives and volunteer activities.

Learn more about the other programs CHS Community Giving supports

Learn more about the other programs CHS Stewardship supports

Check out our program guidelines