FCC funding opens up to rural community initiatives

Farm Credit Canada is now accepting applications from registered charities and non-profit organizations in rural Canada for the FCC AgriSpirit Fund.

Over the past 17 years, the agricultural lender has provided rural community groups with between $5,000 and $25,000 in FCC AgriSpirit financing for various community improvement initiatives. This year again, the fund will support projects that enrich the lives of citizens in towns, villages or indigenous communities of less than 150,000 inhabitants.

Examples include refrigeration and equipment to support food waste reduction and recovery, construction of community buildings or improvements/upgrades that reduce a building’s energy footprint and various other agriculture and food initiatives in rural communities.

This year, the fund will award $1.5 million in total. The application deadline is April 29, 2022 and FCC will announce the selected projects in September.

Eligible applicants include charities, non-profit groups, First Nations bands and Métis settlements in communities with populations under 150,000.

Rural community groups can view eligibility criteria, past projects and apply online by visiting www.fccagrispiritfund.ca.

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