Growing Recreational Facilities for Delisle
The Idea: Growing Crops for Giving
When the Town of Delisle purchased 200 acres of farmland east of the community for future development a group of volunteers saw an opportunity. Steering committee members of Crops for Community presented the idea of growing crops to raise money to Town Council, using crop inputs from sponsors and volunteer labour and equipment.
In exchange for use of the land, all proceeds would be used for improving recreation facilities in the community.
“Growing Together” with Agrium
In early September 2012, a meeting was held at Agrium’s Vanscoy Potash mine to explain the project idea and to find out if Agrium would be interested in participating. Agrium liked the idea and offered to supply all of the crop inputs for the next four years!
The project now has seed, fertilizer and crop protection products, thanks to Agrium’s company-wide program, “Growing Together”, which has been in place for a number of years. Growing Together is a “cultural initiative” that stresses the company’s commitment to building healthy partnerships with their stakeholders, actively supporting the communities in which Agrium does business and setting standards for environmental commitment. Thank you, Agrium!
An Opportunity for Learning
Local schools have been given the opportunity to involve students in the project, both in the classroom and in the field. Agrium will be educating students on how crops are produced and the role fertilizer
plays in crop production.
Crops for Community Steering Committee
A seven-person steering committee oversees sponsorship, budgeting, promotion, volunteer organization, and allocation of proceeds. It is a balanced membership, representing a number of interest groups within the community.
How will the money be used?
Proceeds will be used to improve existing recreation facilities or to develop new ones. Funding will be made available to applicants whose projects meet specific criteria, such as the long-term benefit to the community, and the ability to gain matching funding.
The Funding Process
- The committee will determine the amount of funding available once the crop has been sold
- Funding application forms will be submitted to the committee for review
- Committee will review applications and select which project(s) to fund
- Town council will review the selected project(s)
- Funds will be granted in February of 2014, and in that month for the subsequent years of the project
How do I Apply?
Click Here for Application form or contact:
Delisle Town Office
Delisle Recreation Services Officer
How do I get Involved?
For more information on Delisle Crops for Community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee President (Shawn Colborn): 306-381-3335
Committee Vice-President (Joel Durham): 306-261-3639
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