Rural Communities Foundation picks 3 small towns to split $100K

The United Farmer’s of Alberta Co-operative (UFA) has announced its Rural Communities Foundation (RCF) has picked the winners for its $100,000 grant. The three winning communities include Delia, Onoway, and Paradise Valley.

RCF’s mandate is to improve the sustainability of farmers and ranchers in Alberta by improving access to funding for educational, recreational and cultural facilities and programs in those communities.

“We were very pleased with the number of communities who submitted applications during July and August this year,” says RCF board chair, Harvey Hagman. “From over 200 submissions, the RCF Board was able to identify those communities who best fit our mandate. We know that community members will benefit from the project these groups are creating and will complete thanks to the RCF funding.”

The money will be split as follows:

  • The Onoway and District Historical Guild – $50,000
    • Funds will go towards expanding and making group plans on building a secure machine shed to house and expand its historical farm equipment collection, which is designed to inform visitors about the history of farming in the community
  • The Delia School Enhancement Society – $39,000
    • Funds will go towards its Green Spaces project serves to ensure community members can come together to plant, grow and harvest in a free community garden space, an outdoor learning and meeting space area
  • The Paradise Valley & District Museum Society – $11,000
    • Funds will go towards its “Climb Thru Time Museum” and will see some of its buildings restored to historical standards.

In order to be eligible for funding, groups must be registered charities under the Canada Revenue Agency, registered non-profit organizations that are registered with either their provincial or municipal government, and community service co-operatives. Projects must be completed within a two-year period and be located in a community that has a UFA presence.

The winners were announced during National Co-operative week, October 13-19, 2019. The 2019 theme “Interco-operation” directly rates to the 6th principle of Co-operatives: Co-operatives serve their members most effectively and strengthen the co-operative sector by working together through local, national, regional and international structures.

“As an agriculture co-operative, UFA believes in the power of giving back to its members. We look forward to continuing to give back through the RCF in 2020,” Hagman added.

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