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FCC seeks applications for the FCC Expression Fund
Regina, Saskatchewan, January 7, 2014 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will allocate $50,000 from the FCC Expression Fund, for the seventh year in a row, to encourage the use of Canada’s official languages in communities across the country. This fund was developed in 2008 to support projects that contribute to the vitality of official language minority communities and help residents express the cultural and linguistic diversity of the area.
Successful projects receive between $2,000 and $10,000 to fund initiatives, including community centres, schools, day care centres and artistic projects, such as theatrical productions.
Community and volunteer groups located in English and French linguistic minority communities are encouraged to view the eligibility criteria and apply online at www.fccexpressionfund.ca. Applications for the FCC Expression Fund will be accepted until February 4. FCC will announce the selected projects in spring 2014.
“FCC is a self-sustaining federal Crown corporation that serves the agriculture and agribusiness sectors across Canada in both official languages,” says Ron Podbielski, FCC Vice-President, Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility. “We take pride in the ability to offer service to our customers in the language of their choice as we strive to provide an excellent customer experience at every touch point.”
Last year, the FCC Expression Fund donated $50,000 to six linguistic minority communities. For more information about the 2012 winners, visitwww.fccexpressionfund.ca.
For a project to be considered for funding, the organization must be a registered charity or a registered non-profit.
As a federal Crown corporation, FCC supports the Official Languages Act and encourages the development of English and French linguistic minority communities. The Official Languages Act states that: The Government of Canada is committed to (a) enhancing the vitality of the English and French linguistic minority communities in Canada and supporting and assisting their development; and (b) fostering the full recognition and use of both English and French in Canadian society.
FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy portfolio of more than $25 billion and 20 consecutive years of portfolio growth. FCC is strong and stable – committed to serving the industry through all cycles, and to being socially and environmentally responsible. FCC provides financing, insurance, software, learning programs and other business services to producers, agribusinesses and agri-food operations. Employees understand agriculture and are committed to the success of customers and the industry. With FCC in the market, producers benefit, agriculture benefits, rural Canada benefits and so do all Canadians. For more information, visitwww.fcc.ca. Follow Farm Credit Canada on Facebook and LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.
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Cécile Kayijuka (bilingual)
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