Giving guidelines

Giving guidelines

Notice: The CHS Stewardship grant management system will be unavailable from October 12-23, 2020. During the maintenance, grantees will not be able access their accounts or submit requests for funding. Please submit any new requests or in progress applications by October 11.

Giving back to our communities

CHS Stewardship is committed to making a meaningful difference in rural America by supporting projects that have a strong tie to agriculture and align with one of our key focus areas. Read on to learn about CHS Foundation and CHS Community Giving priorities or apply now.

Application and funding guidelines

CHS Community Giving

  • Ag Safety: National or state level ag education and rural youth leadership requests will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now. New applicants will need to create an ID before filling out the application.
  • Backyard Giving Grants: Organizations in the Twin Cities can apply now for up to $5,000 to educate the next generation about agriculture, provide basic needs services or bring the community together to further strengthen the Twin Cities. Applications are accepted until July 15, 2020. The next cycle opens from Nov. 1, 2020 to Jan. 1, 2021.
  • The CHS Seeds for Stewardship program matches cooperative contributions up to $5,000 to support projects in rural communities. Applications are accepted Dec. 1, 2020 – Feb. 1, 2021 and May 1 – July 1, 2021. Click here for additional guidelines and application criteria. 
  • Sponsorships: Agriculture, cooperative or industry-related sponsorships. Click here to apply.

CHS Foundation

  • National or state level ag education, rural youth leadership will be accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now. New applicants will need to create an ID before filling out the application.
  • Cooperative Education grants are accepted from January through March. Learn more.
  • University Funding requests are accepted April through June. Learn more.

  • CHS supports national- or state-level requests within the main CHS trade area. (Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.)
  • Projects on the local level will be accepted through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship cooperative matching grants program.

  • Individuals, individual needs or individual fundraisers (Supported organizations must be a 501c3 or related charity)
  • Sports teams or athletic requests
  • Medical/disease related causes
  • Groups with religious affiliation
  • Political campaigns, fundraisers or lobbying efforts not endorsed through CHS Government Affairs

CHS Community Giving

CHS Community Giving provides funding for national- and state-level ag health and safety programs and agriculture-related sponsorships, and supports cooperatives through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship matching grant program.

CHS Foundation

The CHS Foundation is dedicated to supporting the next generation of ag leaders through college scholarships and grants that support cooperative education and national- and state-level youth leadership programs.

Have questions about the programs we support or how to apply for funding?

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2019 CHS Stewardship Report

CHS is committed to making a meaningful difference in lives and communities and drive value on behalf of CHS and our owners through the work of CHS Stewardship. The CHS Stewardship Report highlights the ways in which we strengthen our hometown communities and develop a new generation of ag leaders.

View the CHS Stewardship Report