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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

McCain grant supports ag education program

The McCain Foundation has donated $10,000 to support an agriculture education tool kit developed by Ag for Life. The tool kit was created for use in schools, and includes information such as provincial statistics, facts and F&Qs, agricultural terminology, learning activities, and key contacts (such as producer groups and agriculture educational programs) that are available […] Read more


Nominate a local charity for a $2,500 grant

Applications are now open for the Farmers Grow Communities program, which allows farmers to nominate their favourite local charity for a $2,500 grant. Over the last five years, the Monsanto Fund has given out nearly $1 million to more than 300 rural charities. Almost any non-profit organization based in rural Canada is eligible. Past winners […] Read more

Farmers help 18 Alberta groups win $2,500 grant

Eighteen Alberta charities and non-profits will receive $2,500 grants from the Monsanto Fund as part of the 2016 Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program. Each non-profit was nominated by a local farmer who applied on behalf of their favourite cause. The program received more than 500 entries this year and 66 groups were chosen by a […] Read more