America’s Farmers Grow CommunitiesSM is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to support local farming communities. The program, which launched in 2010, allows farmers to enter to win a $2,500 donation for their favorite community nonprofit organization, such as 4-H, FFA, schools, fire departments and other civic groups. One winner will be selected in each of 1,271 eligible counties in 39 states.
To further support counties that have been declared disaster areas by the USDA due to drought, winning farmers in these counties can choose where to direct an additional $2,500 donation based on community needs that surfaced because of the drought. The Monsanto Fund will invest over $5 million to local nonprofit organizations across the country through Grow Communities this year.
New this year, rural community members in eligible counties have the opportunity to suggest an idea or initiative that needs funding within their communities. Plant Your Idea here. You will need the name of your nonprofit organization and a brief description of the project.
Since 1964, the Monsanto Fund has worked to substantially and meaningfully improve people’s lives. Just as Monsanto Company has been the leader in innovative and sustainable agriculture, the Monsanto Fund has worked to be an innovative philanthropic leader, providing sustainable assistance to communities in need around the world.
As agriculture evolves, so does the Monsanto Fund’s efforts to improve the lives of people around the world by providing resources to meet their needs.
As the philanthropic arm of Monsanto, we’re focused on one goal – strengthening both farming communities and the communities where we live and work.
We do this by:
Providing basic education support designed to improve education in farming communities around the world, including supporting schools, libraries, science centers, farmer training programs and academic programs that enrich or supplement school programs
Meeting critical needs in communities by supporting nonprofit organizations that help with things such as food security, sanitation, access to clean water, public safety and various other local needs
We are committed to improving lives in farming communities around the world. The problems are common, but the solutions are as varied as the many regions where our employees live and work.