OKLAHOMA CITY—American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) Foundation Winter Weather Hardship grants are now available through local AFR Insurance agencies.

The AFR/OFU Winter Weather Hardship Grants are intended as emergency relief for Oklahomans facing financial hardship caused by the recent extreme winter weather. Use of awarded funds is restricted to repair of damaged plumbing or heating and air units, high or unexpected electricity, natural gas or propane bills, purchases of additional space heaters or radiators, weatherization items, and other household cold weather expenses. The funds may not be used for any business expense or replacement/repair of any items covered by insurance.

Grants will be awarded on a “first come, first serve” basis. Grant selection is needs based, with preference given to AFR/OFU members. All grant applications must be submitted through a local AFR Insurance agency.

The Winter Weather Hardship Grant program is a joint effort between the AFR/OFU Foundation and Farmers Union Enterprises, which represents Farmers Union members in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana and Wisconsin.

AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR/OFU provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR/OFU principles.