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Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

Grants to Canada Nonprofits for Programs to Improve
Rural and Farming Communities in Eligible Regions

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Monsanto Fund

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Grants of $2,500 to Canada nonprofits in rural communities to support community programs that improve the lives of local residents. Nonprofits must be nominated by local farmers or suggested by local community members and winners will be selected randomly from all entrants. Winners could include educational organizations, 4-H clubs, agricultural societies, service clubs, or other civic groups, such as health-related organizations or food pantries.

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:

The Fund provides grants valued at $2,500 each.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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. Specific qualifying regions/territories in these provinces are outlined in the find a charity map.
- 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 Nonprofit Organizations:
- In order to receive a grant under this program, 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.
- Nonprofit organizations engaged in charitable work that meet the following definition provided by the Canada Revenue Agency are also eligible:
- A nonprofit 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 nonprofit organization (hereinafter referred to collectively as the Charity) 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, nonprofit 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 following individuals and the persons with whom they are domiciled are not eligible to participate in this program:
- Officers, directors, and employees of Sponsor, or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies;
- Officers, directors and employees of Monsanto Canada, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates;
- Officers, directors and employees of any Monsanto licensed seed dealer;
- Officers, directors and employees of Ag in the Classroom, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates; and
- Spouses of any of the officers, directors or employees listed in the above categories.

Grants may not be used for any of the following:
- Individual aid or personal support;
- Underwriting deficits;
- Fraternal, labour or veterans organizations, unless the project benefits the general public;
- Benefits, dinners or advertisements;
- Religious, politically partisan, or similar groups;
- Endowments;
- Activities that directly support marketing programs; or
- Projects in which Sponsor, Ag in the Classroom or Monsanto Canada has a financial interest, or from which any of these entities could derive a financial benefit. Determinations of whether the proposed use of funds meets the criteria described herein shall be made at Sponsor's sole discretion. If Sponsor determines that the proposal meets the criteria, they will instruct Ag in the Classroom to issue the grant to the winning Charity.

Pre-Application Information:

Program entry period: January 15, 2018 to September 30, 2018

Winners will be selected and notified in November 2018.

Application Information:

Printable Application Forms:


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):

The printed application can be emailed to:

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

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Geographic Focus:

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