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Alberta offers equivalency plan, grants for aspiring truckers

Province to cut Class 1 qualifying time for Class 3 drivers

The Alberta government plans to reduce the entry fees — and the time required — for some drivers wanting to level up to become Class 1 truckers. Provincial Transportation Minister Ric McIver on Nov. 26 announced a new “Experience and Equivalency” program that’s expected to reduce the time required for Class 3 drivers to upgrade […] Read more

The Delia School Enhancement Society’s Green Spaces Project is one element of the $1.2-million Delia Community Hub initiative, which will provide community access to the field house, library and other spaces in the new school in the southern Alberta community.

Grants available for community projects

Applications are now being accepted for $100,000 in grants from the UFA Rural Communities Foundation. The foundation announced last year it would be giving away $500,000 over five years for educational, recreational and cultural facilities and programs in rural Alberta. The 2019 recipients were the Onoway and District Historical Guild ($50,000 for its Heritage Village […] Read more


Host of community organizations in Alberta receive funding

A host of communities across Alberta will be proceeding with improvement projects after receiving grants from foundations. Fifteen organizations, one school and one municipality in the province shared $282,000 grants given out by FCC AgriSpirit Fund, which supports rural capital projects across the country. The charitable initiative of Farm Credit Canada awards $5,000 and $25,000 […] Read more

Win a $2,500 grant for a local charity

The 2019 edition of a program that allows farmers to nominate their favourite community charity or not-for-profit group for 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 […] Read more


Eighteen Alberta community groups get $2,500 grant

A program that allows farmers to nominate their favourite community charity or not-for-profit group for a $2,500 grant attracted a record number of applications this year. The 2018 edition of Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities received 758 farmer applications (a 68 per cent increase from 2017) and 337 charity suggestions (a 200 per cent increase from […] Read more

Farm and safety grants available

Farm and ranch safety grants are being offered to help employers comply with new occupational health and safety requirements that go into effect on Dec. 1. Up to $6 million is available through the program, which runs until March 2021. Farms and ranches with waged, non-family workers and a WCB account may apply for the […] Read more


Grants available for irrigation upgrades

Grants to reduce water use or energy use can be as much as $15,000 for each irrigated parcel

Applications are now being accepted for the Irrigation Efficiency program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The program offers grants for new low-pressure centre pivots or upgrades to existing pivots (such as sprinkler and nozzle packages, control panels, and variable-rate irrigation) as well as drip irrigation. Any active producer who owns an irrigated agricultural operation in […] Read more

Grant winners will be randomly drawn from all eligible applications.

Win a $2,500 grant for a group in your community

There’s still time to win a $2,500 grant for a charity or non-profit in your community. Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities will hand out 66 grants in November, two in each of the country’s 33 grain-growing regions — nine of which are in Alberta. Winners will be drawn randomly from all applications received by Sept. 30. […] Read more


Grants available for minority language groups

Farm Credit Canada is again donating $50,000 from the FCC Expression Fund to encourage the use of Canada’s official languages in communities across the country. Successful projects receive between $2,000 and $10,000 to fund initiatives that could include community centres, libraries, daycare centres, art galleries, and projects such as workshops and festivals. Community and volunteer […] Read more

Eighteen good causes championed by farmers receive grants

Thanks to the support of Canadian farmers, 66 rural-based charities and non-profits — including 18 in Alberta — have received a $2,500 grant from the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program. The six-year-old program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, gives grants to schools, libraries, historical societies, health and recreational facilities, rural daycares, senior clubs, 4-H groups, […] Read more