Farmers help 18 Alberta charities and non-profits get funding

Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities gives $2,500 grants to organizations nominated by farmers

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Eighteen Alberta rural charities and non-profits are among the 66 groups receiving $2,500 grants from the Monsanto Fund as part of the 2015 Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program.

Each was nominated by a local farmer who applied on behalf of their favourite cause.

The 2015 edition of the program received 371 entries, with winners drawn by board members of the independent administrator, Agriculture in the Classroom.

Now in its fourth year, the program generated a wide variety of ideas from farmers on how local groups in their communities could benefit from the grants. A record number of the rural-based charitable groups also contributed ideas online at, which allowed them to suggest a cause and find local farmers to support it by submitting an entry. (Details on the 2016 program will be available on the website in January.)

The Alberta groups (with their nominator in parentheses) are: Bow Island Friends of the Library Society (Paul Gruninger, Bow Island), Kneehill Historical Society (Neil Boles, Three Hills), Acme Golf Club (Robert Bates, Calgary), Standard Municipal Library (Lori Bach, Standard), Magrath Museum Agricultural Building (Gary Stanford, Magrath), Bashaw Skating Club (Prudence Harris, Camrose), Terrace Ridge Playground Society (Lisa Otto, Lacombe), Fairview Rotary Club (Michael Rolling, Bluesky), Nampa and District Agricultural Society (Corinne Bobbie Toker, Nampa), Eaglesham and District Agricultural Society (Martine Piebiak, Eaglesham), Daysland School (Allison Blake, Daysland), Holden District Agricultural Society (Brent Suchy, Vegreville), Tofield Seniors Centre (Harold Warkentin, Tofield), Friends of the Falher Library (Wendy Gagnon, Falher), Barrhead Animal Rescue Society (Kristen Evan, Barrhead), Neerlandia Sports Committee (Charlene Nanninga, Barrhead), Lamont and District Agricultural Society (Frank Cholak, Lamont), and Dewberry and District Agricultural Society (Art Parr, Dewberry).

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