United Farmers of Alberta community grants now available

Rural communities are encouraged to apply for up to $100,000 in funds

The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative will be giving $500,000 over the next five years for non-profits and community groups in rural Alberta.

The money, from UFA’s “archived equity” will be distributed through Rural Communities Foundation, which the co-op set up in 2014.

“This money was always intended for our rural communities and now that we have a process in place, this will assist with the sustainability of our rural communities for many years to come,” said Harvey Hagman, chair of the foundation’s board.

Applications are being accepted until Aug. 31 from registered charities, non-profits registered with either their provincial or municipal government, and community service co-operatives. The minimum grant is $10,000 and the maximum is $100,000. All projects must align with one of the three funding categories: recreational, education events and activities or cultural facilities and programs. Projects must be completed within a two-year period and be located in a community that has a UFA presence.

For more information, go to the Rural Communities Foundation website.

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