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Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Grants to Canada Nonprofits in Eligible Regions to
Improve the Quality of Life in Rural Communities

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Grants of $2,500 CAD to Canada nonprofit organizations in eligible territories for programs that improve the lives of residents in rural communities. Organizations must be nominated by local farmers, who may consider recommendations made by local community members. Winners may include educational organizations, 4-H clubs, agricultural societies, service clubs, and other civic groups, such as fire or health-related organizations or food pantries.

Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities is a program aimed at strengthening rural communities by equipping local non-profit organizations with funds to carry out much-needed community work. The program offers farmers the opportunity to win a donation for their favorite community charity or not-for-profit group engaged in charitable work. The aim is for farmers to help improve the lives of many people living in rural communities.

Projects must be within the community or surrounding region where the winning entrant resides.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179771

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

A total of 66 grants (two per territory) will be randomly awarded in 33 territories across Canada.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards will be in the amount of $2,500 CAD each.

The total value of all grants to be awarded is about $165,000 CAD.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are provided to charitable and not-for-profit groups nominated by farmers. Only eligible farmers are able to submit an application for this program. However, any community member can suggest an idea or initiative that a farmer in their community may choose to consider in his/her application.

Farmer Eligibility:

Entrants must be the age of majority in his or her province of residence and actively engaged in farming corn, soybeans or canola in one of the 33 territories located within the agricultural producing areas of Northeastern BC (Peace River District), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes. The entrant must reside in the territory where he or she is actively engaged in farming. A farmer is “actively engaged in farming” if he or she performs the work, or hires and actively manages others who do so. Entrants are limited to one entry per qualified farmer.

Eligible Charities and Not-for-Profit Organizations:

- The charity selected by an entrant must be a tax-exempt public charity, meaning that it must be recognized by the Canada Revenue Agency as tax-exempt and have a charity registration number. Any charity that discriminates based on race, creed, ethnicity, religion, sex, age, or national origin is not eligible to receive a Grant.
- Not-for-profit organizations engaged in charitable work that meet the following definition provided by the Canada Revenue Agency are also eligible: "A non-profit organization is an association organized and operated exclusively for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, sport, recreation, or any other purpose except profit (e.g., a club, society, or association)."
- The recipient charity or not-for-profit organization must be engaged in charitable work and operate in the community or surrounding area where the entrant resides and not have any government (local, provincial or federal), religious or political affiliations. However, not-for-profit agencies such as volunteer fire departments, schools, libraries etc. are eligible. Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba, Inc., as the Program administrator, is not an eligible Charity for this Program.

The program is available in 33 eligible territories across Canada (see map in Grant Coverage Areas below).

Participants from last year's program are eligible for inclusion in this year's program if they meet the eligibility requirements.

For ineligible applicants and grant uses, see Official Rules listed in Pre-Application Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

The application period runs from January 14, 2019 to September 30, 2019. By October 15, 2019, an independent third party will randomly select the winning entries. Winners will be notified by November 15, 2019.

The Charity that is named as a winner to receive a Grant must provide Ag in the Classroom with written notice of how it proposes to use the Grant, and such proposed project must be within the community or surrounding region where the winning entrant resides. The written proposal must be received by Ag in the Classroom on or before December 1, 2019.

Application Information:


Official Rules:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application (for farmers):

Suggest a charity (non-farmers):

Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities
c/o Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc.
Box 278, Group 327, RR#3
Selkirk, MB R1A 2A8

Grant Coverage Areas:

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Nova Scotia   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan