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Polk County Schools receives grant from Carolina Farm Credit 

Polk County Schools (Polk County) was recently awarded a grant through Carolina Farm Credit’s Corporate Mission Fund. Grant funds will be used to complete the School Farm Truck Project and purchase a flatbed trailer, which will be used to haul produce grown by the students in the agriculture programs. 

Last year marked the fourth year Carolina Farm Credit awarded Corporate Mission Fund grants. Nearly 100 grant applications were received for the 2018 program, and awards were granted in the last quarter. $152,100 was awarded to 28 local organizations and 12 college students. 

“Our Corporate Mission Fund is another way that Carolina Farm Credit strives to enhance agriculture and the rural communities in North Carolina.” said Vance Dalton, CEO, Carolina Farm Credit, “These grants help provide funding for many great organizations across our territory.” 

The Corporate Mission Fund operates on an application-based grant system. Organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per year to help in their endeavors to promote agriculture, as well as stimulate the local agricultural economy in the western half of North Carolina. Grant applications will be accepted from January 1 to July 31, 2019. Project proposals will be reviewed and grants will be awarded in the fourth quarter of 2019. To qualify for a grant, organizations must be located within the 54 counties and geographic area where Carolina Farm Credit conducts business. For more information and to apply, please visit the Carolina Farm Credit Corporate Mission Fund page. 

For more than 100 years Farm Credit has been supporting rural communities and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services.  

To read about all of last year’s grant recipients visit carolinafarmcredit.com. 

Submitted by Will Johnson 

***Pictured: Student members of Polk County FFA, along with their advisors Ashley Gilbert and Chauncey Barber and Carolina Farm Credit representatives James Conley and Miles Hamrick.