UFA Ru­ral Com­mu­ni­ties Foun­da­tion an­nounces five-Year, $500,000 com­mit­ment

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United Farm­ers of Al­berta Co-op­er­a­tive Ltd. (“UFA”) an­nounced to­day that the Ru­ral Com­mu­ni­ties Foun­da­tion (“RCF”) is mak­ing a fi­nan­cial com­mit­ment of $500,000 over the next five years to ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties across its net­work.

The man­date of the RCF is to im­prove the sus­tain­abil­ity of farm­ers and ranch­ers in Al­berta by im­prov­ing ac­cess to fund­ing for ed­u­ca­tional, recre­ational and cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams in those com­mu­ni­ties.

“The Foun­da­tion was cre­ated in 2014, through the sup­port of UFA’s elected of­fi­cials, to give back the archived equity col­lected by the Co-op­er­a­tive,” ex­plains RCF Board Chair Har­vey Hag­man. “Through the for­ma­tion of this Foun­da­tion, we are now able to give these monies back to those UFA com­mu­ni­ties. We’re pleased to an­nounce to­day that RCF will award ap­pli­ca­tions from a min­i­mum of $10,000, up to a to­tal of $100,000 this year.”

Hag­man says that ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted from July 2 un­til Au­gust 31, 2019. The RCF Board will then re­view those ap­pli­ca­tions, and an­nounce the of­fi­cial win­ners dur­ing Co- op­er­a­tive Week in Canada on Oc­to­ber 16, 2019.

Groups who are el­i­gi­ble for fund­ing in­clude reg­is­tered char­i­ties un­der the Canada Rev­enue Agency, reg­is­tered non-prof­its or­ga­ni­za­tions who are reg­is­tered with ei­ther their provin­cial or mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, and com­mu­nity ser­vice co-op­er­a­tives. All projects must align with one of the three fund­ing cat­e­gories of recre­ational, ed­u­ca­tion events and ac­tiv­i­ties or cul­tural fa­cil­i­ties and pro­grams. Projects must be com­pleted within a two-year pe­riod and be lo­cated in a com­mu­nity that has a UFA pres­ence.

“We are ex­tremely ex­cited that the of­fi­cial ap­pli­ca­tion process is un­der­way, and all in­for­ma­tion is avail­able on­line,” said Hag­man.

For more in­for­ma­tion on how to ap­ply for the RCF grant, please go to www.RCFUFA.com

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