Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada

December 18, 2012 13:00 ET

FCC gives $1 million to 90 community groups across rural Canada

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Dec. 18, 2012) - Rural Canada shines with community spirit, and this year, 90 groups will be able to make life even better for their communities. Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is giving $1 million through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund to community groups across Canada for various capital projects that will help improve quality of life for residents. For more information about the selected projects in each province, visit www.agrispirit.ca.

Now in its ninth year, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund awards rural community groups between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects such as recreation and community centres, libraries and emergency services training facilities. The fund supports much-needed projects and celebrates the people responsible for making a positive difference in the lives of those around them.

To receive funding, selected groups must meet specific criteria prior to implementing their projects, which must be finalized before December 2014.

Nationally, 1,079 applications were received for FCC AgriSpirit funding, a clear indication that rural Canadians are passionate about their communities.

"The FCC AgriSpirit Fund showcases the heart and soul of rural Canada, proving that the spirit of volunteerism is alive and well across the country," says Rémi Lemoine, FCC Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. "From projects that improve the quality of life for seniors to innovative solutions for health and early childhood education, the quality and scope of these projects always amaze me. I commend the many dedicated people and groups that stand behind these projects and make them a reality for their rural communities."

Over the past nine years, over $6.5 million in funding has been given to FCC AgriSpirit projects.

Applications for the 2013 FCC AgriSpirit Fund will open in May 2013. Visit www.agrispirit.ca for eligibility requirements and more information.

FCC is socially and environmentally responsible. Corporate social responsibility activities are focused in five areas: agriculture and food, customers, community, employees and the environment. The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is one way FCC fosters strong and vibrant communities where customers and employees live and work.

As Canada's leading agriculture lender, FCC is advancing the business of agriculture. With a healthy portfolio of more than $24 billion and 19 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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