FCC contributes $1.5 million to 85 community projects across Canada

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Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is giving $1.5 million through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 85 community groups across Canada to support rural capital projects.

“At FCC, we applaud all Canadian non-profit groups that invest time and energy to support their fellow citizens,” said Perry Wilson, FCC vice-president of Ontario operations. “Through the AgriSpirit Fund, FCC supports causes that contribute to a sense of community and help improve the quality of life for rural residents. It’s one of the ways FCC gives back to the communities where our customers and employees live and work.”

This year, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund awarded between $5,000 and $25,000 for various community improvement initiatives that enrich the lives of residents in cities, towns or Indigenous communities with fewer than 150,000 people.

Over the past 19 years, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund has supported 1,529 projects, an investment of $19.5 million.

The next application period opens April 1, 2023. Registered charities, municipalities, First Nations and non-profit organizations interested in funding can visit www.fccagrispiritfund.ca for eligibility requirements, to apply online and view past projects.

In Ontario, the following projects are receiving funding:

Organization City Amount Project
Dresden Sidestreets Youth Centre Dresden  $10,000 Upgrade the youth centre kitchen with new cupboards, countertops and appliances.
Elgin Residential Hospice St Thomas  $20,000 Develop a community garden and greenspace for the hospice.
Erin Agricultural Society Erin  $25,000 Update the furnace, entry doors and add an outside vestibule for the Exhibits Hall.
Forest Agricultural Society Forest  $20,000 Purchase new coolers and an on-demand water heater for the fair grounds.
Georgian Riding Association for Challenged Equestrians Georgian Bluffs  $10,000 Upgrade the tack room with new LED lighting and insulation.
Glengarry Highland Games Foundation Maxville  $22,000 Upgrade the community centre’s entrance doors to increase accessibility.
Mnaasged Child and Family Services Muncey  $25,000 Purchase refrigeration equipment for the family services building.
Municipality of Bayham – Straffordville Hall Foundation Straffordville  $25,000 Purchase new kitchen appliances for the community centre.
Municipality of Kincardine – Kincardine Curling Club Kincardine  $8,500 Upgrade the kitchen facilities at the curling club.
Municipality of Oro-Medonte – Edgar Community Hall Association Oro-Medonte  $20,000 Upgrade the exterior and interior of the community hall.
Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic District School Board Douro-Dummer  $10,000 Create an accessible playground structure.
Saugeen First Nation Saugeen First Nation  $22,500 Purchase a vehicle for the food bank to distribute fresh produce across the community.
Shelburne and District Fire Department Shelburne  $25,000 Purchase and install a breathing air compressor and filling station at the fire department.
St. Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community Goderich  $19,000 Upgrade the community centre’s front entrance to improve accessibility.
The Corporation of the County of Brant Paris  $16,000 Support the construction of a new community centre in Cainsville.
The Corporation of the Municipality of St. Charles St. Charles  $13,000 Purchase and install compost units for the community to divert food waste into soil for area residents.
Town of Pelham – Royal Canadian Legion, Talbot Trail Branch (Branch 613) Fonthill  $25,000 Purchase refrigeration equipment for the community centre.
Township of North Stormont – Avonmore Community Athletic Association Avonmore  $20,000 Install LED lighting in the park.
Township of Norwich – Norwich Fire Service Norwich  $9,000 Purchase iPads for the fire department to speed up fire emergency response times.
University Hospitals Kingston Foundation Kingston  $20,000 Purchase procedure lights for the facility’s ambulatory care area.
Vankleek Hill Agricultural Society St. Eugene  $20,000 Upgrade and install new flooring in the agricultural hall.

 

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture and food lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $44 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and food. We provide flexible financing, AgExpert management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and food industry. As a Crown corporation, we provide an appropriate return to our shareholder, and reinvest our profits back into the industry and communities we serve. For more information, visit fcc.ca.

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