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Brandon, Manitoba, August 22, 2017 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is giving $1.5 million through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 78 community groups across Canada to support rural capital projects. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the fund was increased from $1 million.

“The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is an investment in rural Canada,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “It’s about partnering with individuals and groups who are committing their time and energy for the purpose of bettering their communities.”

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects, such as hospitals and medical centres, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, arenas, swimming pools, recreation areas, and community centres.

Nationally, 1,214 applications were received this year which demonstrates how invested rural Canadians are in their communities. Over the past 14 years, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund has supported almost 1,100 projects, an investment of more than $12 million.

A complete national listing of selected projects can be found at www.fccagrispiritfund.ca.

The next application period opens in spring 2018. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding can visit www.fccagrispiritfund.ca for eligibility requirements and to apply online.

In Manitoba, the following projects are receiving funding:

Organization Amount Project
Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives $25,000 Build a modern classroom style learning centre on a research, demonstration and outreach farm for students, farmers, and the general public to use
Norfolk Treherne Volunteer Fire Department $25,000 Upgrade existing fire and rescue truck and equipment
Teulon-Rockwood Recreation Commission $20,000 Renovate the community hall
Richer Community Club $20,000 Construct permanent rodeo arena
J.A. Cuddy Parent Advisory Council and the Sanford Community Green Space Committee $15,000 Build a multi-use, fully accessible green space for recreation and education
Grandview & District Recreation Commission $15,000 Build an accessible multi-use facility which is used in the hub of the recreation grounds and campground
Rural municipality of Pipestone $10,000 Build a spray park for the community

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