FCC supports Neepawa’s effort to go green


AgriSpirit Fund provides $25,000 to swimming pool

By Eoin Devereux

Neepawa Banner & Press

New funding from Farm Credit Canada (FCC) will assist the Town of Neepawa in the installation of solar panels at the municipal swimming pool.

Through the FCC’s AgriSpirit Fund, a total of $25,000 will be provided to the project, which is expected to significantly reduce the amount of energy consumption required for the public facility.

In total, FCC is contributing $1.5 million to 84 different community projects across Canada this year. The AgriSprit Fund annually awards between $5,000 and $25,000 to community projects across Canada that enhance the lives of residents or contribute to sustainability in communities. Examples include equipment purchase and installation, energy efficient building improvements and repairs and the purchase of rescue and fire equipment.

FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer Sophie Perreault said that the purpose of the AgriSpirit Fund is to help community-minded individuals and groups undertake projects that enhance the quality of life in rural Canada.

“Our employees care about the communities where they live and work, and we share in their pride and sense of accomplishment by lending a helping hand,” said Perreault.

The Banner & Press reached out to representatives with the Town of Neepawa for comment on the funding, but an official statement was unavailable before the publication deadline.

RM of Rosedale also benefiting

In total, there were seven projects in Manitoba that received support from the FCC AgriSpirit Fund this year. To go along with the Neepawa support, the other local project that was listed was in the Rural Municipality of Rosedale. They are receiving $25,000 to construct and provide equipment for an accessible multi-use community facility. The RM office declined to make any public comment on the funding at this time.

Over the past 15 years, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund has been able to offer support to 1,170 projects in total, with an overall investment of more than $13.5 million.