Ottawa, Ontario – December 17, 2019 – 4-H Canada is pleased to announce Farm Credit Canada (FCC) 4-H Club Fund will contribute $100,000 in grants to 206 4-H clubs, districts and regions across Canada in 2020, supporting local clubs’ initiatives, with the ultimate goal of empowering youth to be responsible, caring and contributing leaders that effect positive change in the world around them.
The FCC 4-H Club Fund awards up to $500 to local 4-H clubs every year, towards developing their existing programs, covering the costs associated with local events and exchanges, supporting their volunteers or purchasing various resource materials.
“By supporting 4-H clubs across Canada, the FCC 4-H Club Fund is helping pave the way for young people to pursue any number of careers in Canadian agriculture, if that’s where their dreams take them,” said Todd Klink, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer at FCC. “Through local 4-H clubs, young people are given the opportunity to learn practical skills through hands-on experience, as well as develop the leadership skills and values that will open up opportunities in the agriculture, food, agribusiness industries and beyond.”
4-H Canada and FCC have worked together in building thriving communities in partnership with youth leaders fore more than 25 years.
“We are grateful to FCC for their support over the past quarter century, making long-lasting impact in communities across the country, and creating life-long skills for youth,” said 4-H Canada CEO, Shannon Benner. “We believe that engaging more youth in fulfilling their potential starts with building capacity for clubs and leaders to develop world-class positive youth development programming for their members at the local level; this club funding ensures that our vision becomes a reality.”
The Club Fund is part of FCC’s $250,000 annual commitment to 4-H Canada. In addition to supporting local 4-H club activities through the FCC Club Fund, this contribution supports national as well as provincial 4-H initiatives.
The next application period for the FCC 4-H Club Fund opens in August 2020. For more information on the FCC 4-H Club Fund, please visit 4-h-canada.ca/clubfunds.
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About 4-H Canada
For over 100 years, 4-H Canada has been one of the most highly respected positive youth development organizations in Canada. 4-H Canada has close to 24,000 members and more than 7,600 volunteer leaders. Our goal is to help young Canadians “Learn To Do By Doing” in a safe, inclusive and fun environment. We believe in nurturing responsible, caring and contributing youth leaders who are committed to positively impacting their communities across Canada and around the world. To learn more about 4-H Canada, please visit 4-h-canada.ca and follow our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.
About Farm Credit Canada
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $36 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. As a self-sustaining Crown corporation, our profits are reinvested back into the agriculture and food industry we serve and the communities where our customers and employees live and work while providing an appropriate return to our shareholder. Visit fcc.ca or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.
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