Farm Credit Canada

Farm Credit Canada

November 06, 2012 04:30 ET

FCC seeks applications from official language minority communities

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - Nov. 6, 2012) - For the sixth year in a row, Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will award $50,000 from the FCC Expression Fund to encourage the use of Canada's official languages in communities across Canada. The Expression Fund supports projects that contribute to the vitality of official language minority communities and help residents express the cultural and linguistic diversity of the area.

Successful projects will receive between $2,000 and $10,000 to fund initiatives, including community centres, day care centres and artistic projects, such as theatrical productions.

Community and volunteer groups located in English and French linguistic minority communities are encouraged to view the eligibility criteria and apply online at www.fccexpressionfund.ca. Applications for the FCC Expression Fund will be accepted until December 14. FCC will announce the selected projects in spring 2013.

"As a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation serving the agriculture and agri-business sectors across Canada, FCC values the ability to offer service in both official languages," says Kellie Garrett, FCC Senior Vice-President, Strategy, Knowledge and Reputation. "As a bilingual employee, I'm proud that FCC serves our customers in the official language of their choice. Our bilingual heritage is so unique and FCC is pleased to support it by offering funding to worthy projects that promote both official languages."

Last year, the FCC Expression Fund donated $50,000 to nine linguistic minority community projects in Canada. For more information about the 2011 winners, visit www.fccexpressionfund.ca.

For a project to be considered for funding, the organization must be a registered charity or a registered non-profit organization.

As a federal Crown corporation, FCC supports the Official Languages Act and encourages the development of English and French linguistic minority communities.

The Official Languages Act states that: The Government of Canada is committed to (a) enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and supporting and assisting their development; and (b) fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.

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. As one of Imagine Canada's Caring Companies, FCC gives one per cent of its profits to charities and non-profit organizations. For more information, visit www.fcc.ca.

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