More than a dozen Alberta communities and organizations have received funding from Farm Credit Canada’s AgriSpirit Fund.
The fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects such as hospitals and medical centres; fire and rescue equipment; playgrounds; food banks; libraries; arenas; swimming pools; recreation areas; and community centres.
There were 1,214 applications this year with 78 community groups receiving a total of $1.5 million. Over the past 14 years, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund has given more than $12 million to support almost 1,100 projects.
The next application period opens in spring 2018. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding can visit www.fccagrispiritfund.ca for eligibility requirements and to apply online.
The Alberta projects that received funding this year are: Rosemary Community Agricultural Society ($25,000 to enlarge the Rec-Plex lobby and upgrade bathrooms, kitchen, and fire system), Foremost Firefighters Association ($25,000 to purchase upgraded fire turnout gear), Bezanson Agricultural Society ($25,000 towards a new multi-use community centre), Town of Falher ($25,000 to resurface the Falher Regional Swimming Pool), Alhambra Community Recreation Area ($22,500 to purchase building materials for ball diamonds and community recreation area), Ponoka County Regional Fire Services ($22,500 to purchase water tenders), Municipal District of Acadia No. 34 ($21,000 to enlarge and enhance a community arena), Kingman Recreation Association ($20,000 to build an outdoor arena for hockey and skating in the winter, riding and 4-H kids in summer), Athabasca County ($20,000 toward construction of a new fire hall), City of Wetaskiwin ($20,000 to complete construction of a fire training facility), Village of Bawlf ($19,000 to expand the village fire hall), Neerlandia Sports Committee ($15,000 to build a multi-use sports pad), La Crete Community Equine Centre $15,000 (to construct indoor bathroom facilities), and Friends of the Mirror Library Society ($5,000 for shade structures for community farmers’ market).