Rural community groups across Canada are invited to apply to the FCC AgriSpirit Fund. Through this initiative, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will give a total of $1 million in funding to rural community groups across Canada for capital projects. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding this year are encouraged to visit www.fccagrispiritfund.ca for eligibility requirements and to apply online.
“The FCC AgriSpirit Fund helps us give back and show that we care about the communities where our customers and employees live and work,” said Greg Willner, FCC Sr. VP, Law and Corporate Secretary. “We’re encouraged by the efforts we’ve seen in the various communities we’ve supported and we look forward to continuing to collaborate with other community groups through the FCC AgriSpirit Fund.”
Projects considered for funding must meet specific criteria and be completed before December 31, 2016. This year’s application period runs from May 1 to June 14, 2014. FCC will announce the selected projects in September 2014. A list of previously funded projects can be found at www.fccagrispiritfund.ca.
Every year, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund awards rural community groups between $5,000 and $25,000 for community enhancement initiatives. From purchasing equipment for emergency services and recreation centres to building care homes and playgrounds, funding supports key projects that enhance the community. All projects are based in communities with populations less than 150,000.
In 2013, FCC received 866 applications for AgriSpirit funding and gave $1 million to 93 community groups across Canada – a strong indication that rural Canadians are passionate about community enhancement.
“Since 2004, we’re proud to have provided $7.5 million in AgriSpirit funding to over 700 capital community projects across Canada,” Willner said. “We’re proud of the contribution we’ve made to rural communities across Canada.”
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy portfolio of more than $26 billion and 20 consecutive years of portfolio growth. FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles, and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. Employees understand agriculture and are committed to the success of customers and the industry. With FCC in the market, producers benefit, agriculture benefits, rural Canada benefits and so do all Canadians. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca. Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter @FCCagriculture.