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

Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program


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Funding Source
Bayer Crop Science
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Nova Scotia;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/30/22 Save

Grant Description
Grants of $2,500 to Canada nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs to improve the lives of residents in rural communities. Organizations must be nominated by local farmers, who may consider recommendations made by local community members. In previous years, grants have been awarded to agricultural societies, 4-H clubs, playgrounds, daycares and school projects, community sporting organizations, libraries, and health/service groups. Eligible territories are the 33 territories located within the agricultural producing areas of Northeastern BC (Peace River District), Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island).

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 aim is for farmers to help improve the lives of many people living in rural communities.

The Grant must be used by the winning Charity to improve local communities and organizations in the area in which the winning entrant resides or farms as designated on the entry application.


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Additional Eligibility Criteria
Farmer Eligibility Entrants must be the age of majority in his or her province of residence and actively engaged in farming 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 Not-for-Profit Organizations: In order to receive a grant (“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. Sections 6 and 7 of these Official Rules include other requirements regarding Grants.

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 (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, 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.

Not eligible to participate – The following individuals and the persons with whom they are domiciled are not eligible to participate in this Program: (i) officers, directors, and employees of the Sponsor, or of any of its representatives or advertising/promotion agencies or any of their spouses, children, or household members; (ii) officers, directors and employees, of Bayer Canada, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, or any of their spouses, children, or household members; (iii) officers, directors and employees of any seed dealer, or any of their spouses, children, or household members; and (iv) officers, directors and employees of Ag in the Classroom, or of any of its subsidiaries or affiliates or any of their spouses, children, or household members.

Seed or retail dealers are not eligible to participate. This program is designed for farmers only. Dealers can still participate in this community program by encouraging farmers in their communities to apply.

Additional Geographic Information:

For a map of eligible territories, see:

Pre-Application Information
The application period runs April 4, 2022 to September 30, 2022.

Winners are pre-screened to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements, and they are then randomly selected by a third party.

By mid-October 15, 2022, a computer-generated draw will randomly select two (2), $2,500 winning entries from all qualified entries received in each of the 33 eligible territories during the Program Entry Period. Winning entrants and winning Charities will be notified by email or phone no later than December 1, 2022.

Official Rules:


Additional Funding Information

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
Grants of $2,500.

Contact Information
Online application (for farmers):

Suggest a charity (non-farmers):

Or please mail application 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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