The United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative has announced a five-year, $500,000 commitment to help educational, recreational and cultural programming or facilities in rural communities.
Improving the Sustainability of Farmers and Ranchers in Rural Communities
Rural communities in the Lac Ste. Anne region are encouraged to apply to UFA's Rural Communities Foundation (RCF) for a minimum of $10,000, up to a total of $100,000, for projects that support either recreation, educational events and activities, or cultural facilities and programs.
RCF Board Chair Harvey Hagman States, "I think there are so many areas this funding could be used for. It’s really about helping the sustainability of rural Alberta.”
This foundation was developed in 2014 after representatives realized the organization had collected a lot of archived equity. They decided to set these funds aside, investing the interest into rural communities. This marks the first time since its inception that foundation has given out the funds.
“It was felt that with the equity that was left, it was fitting that the money would go back to communities where our members are from,” Continued Hagman.
Applications will be accepted until August 31, with the winners announced during Co-operative Week in Canada on Wednesday, October 16.
Groups who are eligible include registered charities, registered non-profit organizations, and community service co-operatives. All projects must be completed within a two-year period, and must be located in a community that has a UFA presence.