Fifteen groups in Alberta are among the 78 rural Canadian organizations receiving $1 million in grants from Farm Credit Canada’s FCC AgriSpirit Fund this year.
The fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects, such as hospitals and medical centres, childcare facilities, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, recreation centres, and community gardens.
Nationally, 1,013 applications were received this year. Over the past 13 years, more than 1,000 projects have received more than $10.5 million in grants.
A complete national listing of selected projects can be found at fccagrispiritfund.ca.
The next application period opens in spring 2017. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in obtaining funding can visit the website for eligibility requirements and to apply online.
In Alberta, the following projects are receiving funding:
- Barrhead and District Agrena Society: $25,000 towards construction of an aquatic centre.
- La Glace & District Agricultural Society: $25,000 towards replacing the community recreational centre.
- Crossfield Fire Department: $19,500 for purchase of emergency services communication radios.
- Penhold Volunteer Fire Department: $15,500 towards the purchase of a fire truck.
- Fort Macleod Kids First Family Centre: $15,000 towards construction of a new children and family centre.
- Stettler Health Services Foundation: $10,000 for upgrading delivery services and emergency room.
- Lloydminster Search and Rescue Inc.: $10,000 for the purchase of rescue air and water drones.
- Vilna & District Agricultural Society: $10,000 for replacement of arena roof.
- Bonnyville Health Foundation/Bonnyville Health Centre: $10,000 towards purchase of operating room equipment.
- Kinuso and District Fire Department: $10,000 for purchase of a fire and rescue ATV and trailer.
- Girouxville Enhancement Committee: $10,000 for upgrading of an outdoor ice rink into a year-round facility.
- Friends of Coalhurst Elementary School Society: $10,000 for purchase of accessible playground equipment.
- Sunnyside School: $10,000 for construction of a new playground.
- Calmar and District Ag Society: $7,500 for upgrading of its facility’s lighting, heating, and plumbing.
- Hazel Bluff Community Agricultural Society: $7,500 for construction of perimeter safety fencing.