The application period for the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgriSpirit Fund opened May 3. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in applying for funding this year are encouraged to apply online at www.agrispirit.ca,from May 3 until June 14. The fund will provide $1 million to support rural capital projects across Canada.
The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about making life better for people in rural communities. It awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for capital community improvement projects such as emergency services equipment, playgrounds, recreation centres and care homes in communities with populations fewer than 100,000.
“The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is just one way FCC contributes to rural communities across the country,” says Kellie Garrett, FCC senior vice-president, strategy, knowledge and reputation. “Since 2004, we’ve supported over 370 capital projects, totalling $3.5 million through the FCC AgriSpirit Fund.”
In 2009, FCC received 1,374 applications for AgriSpirit funding and gave $1 million to 115 community groups across Canada.
“People work very hard to raise funds to improve equipment and facilities in their communities,” says Garrett. “At FCC, we care about the communities where our customers and employees live and work. The FCC AgriSpirit Fund allows us to support community groups in rural Canada and contribute to the success of their projects.”
To receive funding, the selected groups must meet certain criteria prior to the implementation of their projects, which must be completed before December 2012. FCC will announce the selected projects in December 2010.