FCC sup­ports 4-H Club to the tune of $115K

The Woolwich Observer - - NEWS - VERON­ICA REINER

FARM CREDIT CANADA’S LAT­EST round of grants for the 4-H Club saw $114,250 spread out to af­fil­i­ated clubs across the coun­try.

Each of 4-H’s mem­bers is el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply for up to $500 un­der the progam.

“It’s a great help,” said Jay Poul­ton, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at 4-H Canada. “Part­ner­ing with Farm Credit Canada is es­sen­tial to get­ting these clubs up and run­ning. These clubs don’t have money at times, so they can’t re­ally run work­shops or field trips. So this money is es­sen­tial to clubs across Canada.”

There were 233 re­cip­i­ents of funds in this sec­ond wave of FCC grants. Typ­i­cally, these funds are used to­wards pur­chas­ing club sup­plies, skill-build­ing work­shops, field trips, achieve­ment days and pub- lic speak­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

When these funds ar­rive is cur­rently un­known and de­pends on the lo­ca­tion of the club due to back­logs at Canada Post.

“Some ap­ply for what they need and de­cide not to go for the full $500 if it’s not part of their plan, part of their bud­get,” said Poul­ton. “Each of the clubs has their own pres­i­dent, vicepres­i­dent, trea­surer, so they go through the yearly pro­gram­ming and those kids de­cide what they need. They come up with a plan, fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion, and we re­lease the funds based on that.”

FCC and 4-H are on the same page when it comes to sup­port­ing youth devel­op­ment in farm com­mu­ni­ties.

“The 4-H move­ment in Canada con­tin­ues to thrive through the gen­eros­ity of vi­sion­ary part­ners like FCC, who share the same val­ues and com­mit­ment to en­gag­ing young leaders at the grass­roots level in com­mu­ni­ties across Canada,” said 4-H Canada CEO Shan­non Ben­ner in a re­lease.

FCC is Canada’s largest agri­cul­tural term lender, pro­vid­ing fi­nan­cial ser­vices to farm­ing op­er­a­tions. The ex­ec­u­tive vice-pres­i­dent and chief mar­ket­ing of­fi­cer at FCC, Tom Klink, said the funds would help in­still val­ues in young peo­ple hop­ing to con­trib­ute to the farm­ing in­dus­try.

“By sup­port­ing 4-H clubs across Canada, the FCC 4-H Club Fund is help­ing plant the seeds for the next gen­er­a­tion of suc­cess­ful farm­ers, agri-food and agribusi­ness en­trepreneurs,” said Klink.

The next ap­pli­ca­tion pe­riod for this fund will open Au­gust 2019. To learn more about the fund, visit www.4-h-canada.ca/club­funds.

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