Host of community organizations in Alberta receive funding

A host of communities across Alberta will be proceeding with improvement projects after receiving grants from foundations.

Fifteen organizations, one school and one municipality in the province shared $282,000 grants given out by FCC AgriSpirit Fund, which supports rural capital projects across the country.

The charitable initiative of Farm Credit Canada awards $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects that enhance the lives of residents or contribute to sustainability in communities.

This year’s recipients are Colinton Fire and Rescue, Clearwater Regional Fire Rescue Services, Taber Exhibition Association, Société du Centre Communautaire Rivière-la-Paix, La Crête Agricultural Society, Misty Ridge Ski Club, Prairie Rose School Division (Margaret Wooding School), New Sarepta and District Agricultural Society, Dewberry and District Agricultural Society, Hope Haven Society, Willingdon & District Agricultural Society, Czar Curling Club, Griffiths Senior Centre, the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass, Duchess Agricultural Society, and the Bruce Sports and Stampede Association.

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The next application period opens March 1. Eligibility requirements, application forms, and past projects can be found at the FCC website.

Meanwhile, another 17 Alberta communities have been awarded $2,500 grants from Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program, which is funded by the Bayer Fund.

The program received nearly 1,000 applications, with recipients (which are nominated by a farmer) chosen by a random draw.

This year’s winners are: Blindman Valley Agricultural Society, Blueberry District Rural Crime Watch Association, Elnora and District Museum, Falun Rural Crime Watch, Friends Of Lamont Elementary School, Grade Three Reading Academy Society, High Prairie Health Care Auxiliary, Lesser Slave Watershed Council, Lloydminster Exhibition Association, Lougheed And District Public Library, Newell District 4-H Horse Committee, Okotoks Food Bank Association, Rocky Organization for Animal Rescue, Rolling Hills Agricultural Society, Spruce Grove and District Agricultural Society, Vegreville Preschool Association, and Picture Butte Walk On The Wildside Society.

The 2020 edition of the program will open in mid-January with info and nomination forms at www.canadasfarmers.ca.

Finally, the Green Acres Dairy 4-H Club in Lethbridge is one of 10 recipients of the Saputo and Armstrong Cheese 4-H Dairy Club Fund. This new fund awards $1,000 to 10 4-H dairy clubs across the country each year.

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