FCC seeks applications from official language minority communities

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For the sixth year in a row, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will award $50,000 from the FCC Expression Fund to encourage the use of Canada’s official languages in communities across Canada. The fund supports projects that contribute to the vitality of official language minority communities and help residents express the cultural and linguistic diversity of the area.

Successful projects will receive between $2,000 and $10,000 to fund initiatives, including community centres, day care centres and artistic projects, such as theatrical productions.

“As a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation serving the agriculture and agri-business sectors across Canada, FCC values the ability to offer service in both official languages,” says Kellie Garrett, FCC senior vice-president, strategy, knowledge and reputation. “As a bilingual employee, I’m proud that FCC serves our customers in the official language of their choice. Our bilingual heritage is so unique and FCC is pleased to support it by offering funding to worthy projects that promote both official languages.”

Last year, the FCC Expression Fund donated $50,000 to nine linguistic minority community projects in Canada. Community and volunteer groups located in English and French linguistic minority communities are encouraged to view the eligibility criteria and apply online at www.fccexpressionfund.ca. Applications for the FCC Expression Fund will be accepted until Dec. 14. FCC will announce the selected projects in spring 2013.

For a project to be considered for funding, the organization must be a registered charity or a registered non-profit organization.

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