The 2019 edition of a program that allows farmers to nominate their favourite community charity or not-for-profit group for a $2,500 grant is now accepting applications.
Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program gives out two grants in each of the country’s 33 grain-growing regions each year — for a total of $165,000. Nine of those regions are in Alberta.
To apply for the program (sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, a philanthropic arm of Bayer), go to canadasfarmers.ca. Farmers can only submit one entry, but multiple farmers can complete an entry for the same charity or project. Charitable groups and community members can also offer suggestions that farmers can then consider.
Applications can be made until Sept. 30 and winners will be drawn at random.
Since the program’s inception, more than $1.1 million in community grants has been provided to almost 450 rural-based charities and not-for-profit groups.