Farmers Grow Communities accepting applications

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A program that gives farmers a chance to help their favourite community charity or not-for-profit receive 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.

Since the program started in 2012, hundreds of community groups have received grants, including ag societies, 4-H clubs, playgrounds, daycares, school projects, community sporting organizations, libraries and health/service groups.

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, with winners chosen by a random draw.

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