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Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities Program

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

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Bayer Fund

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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 those 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.

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:

Grants of $2,500.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Entries for this Program must be received between January 19, 2021 and September 30, 2021.

Winners will be selected and notified in November 2021.

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, 2021.

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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):

Or please mail application to Ag in the Classroom at:
Agriculture in the Classroom-MB 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;

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