Patrick gives back to local community through FOCUS grant
By Jan Rahn
Thanks to the generosity of Miguel Patrick through Fontanelle’s FOCUS program, two local entities which impact the entire community have received donations.
Patrick, a seed dealer and Perkins County farmer near Grant, was the recent recipient of funds through the Fontanelle Offering Communities Understanding Support (FOCUS) which is a program that gives back to the communities that have supported Fontanelle Hybrids and their dealers over the years.
Patrick applied for a grant from Fontanelle Hybrids Stalkholder Dealers and was awarded $3,100 which he passed along to the Grant Volunteer Fire Department ($2,500) and the Perkins County Food Pantry ($600).
His grant was one of 91 awarded this year out of 180 applications with eligibility of up to $5,000.
This is the second year grants have been awarded through the program which was developed from the simple idea that communities deserve something back for supporting Fontanelle and their dealers.
“Last year we were able to give grants to 53 organizations for projects across our Midwest area,” said Steve Pike, Fontanelle general manager.
“Getting to hear the success stories and how much it meant to the communities and the individuals involved has been very gratifying, to say the least. It was a good feeling to be able to increase the program so that our Stalkholder Dealers could give 91 grants this year.”
Patrick said the program is a great way for local dealers to be able to provide solutions for needs seen in the communities where the recipients live and work.
It was hard to choose which grants to award, said Pike.
“I wish we could have funded every request, but we will continue to grow this program and eventually hope to contribute one million dollars into local communities in our footprint,” he added.
Based in Fremont, Fontanelle Hybrids is a Monsanto regional seed brand providing corn, soybeans, sorghum and alfalfa to Nebraska and surrounding states.