New monkey bars at a school in Lacombe, more fresh food for clients of an Okotoks food bank, and support for a kids’ mental health training program in the Vermilion area are three examples of how Alberta communities are using grants from the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program.
The 10-year-old program, which gives farmers a chance to help their favourite community charity or not-for-profit receive a $2,500 grant, is now accepting applications. Two grants are given out 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.
Over the past decade, hundreds of groups have received grants, including ag societies, 4-H clubs, daycares, schools, sporting organizations, and libraries.
To apply for the program (which is operated by the Bayer Fund, the 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.
Applications can be made until Sept. 30, with winners chosen by a random draw.