Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada

May 16, 2011 04:30 ET

FCC funding available to rural community groups across Canada

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 16, 2011) - Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is accepting applications for its FCC AgriSpirit Fund from now until June 20. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding this year are encouraged to visit www.agrispirit.ca for eligibility requirements and to apply online. FCC will give a total of $1 million in funding to rural community groups across Canada for capital projects.

"The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities," says Kellie Garrett, FCC Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Knowledge and Reputation. "Since 2004, we've provided $4.5 million in AgriSpirit funding to 480 capital community projects."

FCC annually awards rural community groups between $5,000 and $25,000 in AgriSpirit funding for community improvement projects such as emergency services equipment, playgrounds, recreation centres and care homes in communities with populations fewer than 100,000.

For a project to be considered for funding, it must meet specific criteria and be completed before December 2013. FCC will announce the selected projects in December 2011.

In 2010, FCC received 919 applications for AgriSpirit funding and gave $1 million to 104 community groups across Canada – a strong indication that rural Canadians are passionate about community enhancement.

"FCC is proud to support projects in the communities where our customers and employees live and work," says Garrett. "The spirit of volunteerism is strong in rural Canada. Through the FCC AgriSpirit Fund, we can help make a positive difference."

As one of Imagine Canada's Caring Companies, FCC gives one per cent of its profits to charities and not-for-profit organizations.

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $20 billion and 17 consecutive years of portfolio growth, FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. FCC employees are passionate about agriculture and committed to the success of customers and the industry. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.

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