Five local capital projects in rural Manitoba communities will share $62,000 in support this year from the Farm Credit Canada (FCC) AgriSpirit Fund.
The chosen five were from among 835 applications in 2008 from across Canada, of which 76 were selected for funding, the federal farm lending agency said in a release March 9.
The five Manitoba grants include:
$6,000 for the Lakeshore Hospital Guild, toward a a central heart-monitoring system for the Ashern hospital’s emergency recovery rooms and intensive care unit;
$10,000 for the R. M. of Victoria, toward a fire truck for the Cypress River Fire Department;
$10,000 for the Melita and Area new pool committee toward the purchase of slides for the pool facility;
$11,000 toward playground renovations for the Killarney Kiddie Korner child care centre; and
$25,000 for the Arborg Bifrost Parks and Recreation Commission, towards construction of the Arborg Aquatic Centre.
In Manitoba, $211,600 has been given to AgriSpirit projects over the past five years. Nationwide, the total is over $2.5 million.
In 2009, as part of FCC’s 50th anniversary, the lender will put up $1 million for the AgriSpirit Fund to back local projects, up from a total of $750,000 in the previous round.
Community groups interested in applying for grants from the FCC AgriSpirit Fund can do so from May 1 to June 15 this year and can visit www.agrispirit.cafor eligibility requirements and more information.