Monsanto Fund

FAQs

What is the Canada’’s Farmers Grow Communities Program?

Canada’’s Farmers Grow Communities is sponsored by the Monsanto Fund to support farming communities by offering farmers the opportunity to register to win a $2,500 donation for their favourite community charity or not-for-profit group engaged in charitable work. Recipients could include organizations like agricultural societies, service clubs, 4-H clubs, educational organizations, or other civic organizations (e.g. fire or health related organizations or food pantries). See the Official Rules for specific eligibility requirements. It takes less than five minutes to apply, and the application period runs January 16, 2017 to September 30, 2017. The program is available in  33 eligible territories across Canada.

What are the criteria for organizations that can receive the donations?

Organizations must meet the requirements for charitable status as defined by the Canada Revenue Agency and have a CRA charitable organization number or be a not-for-profit agency engaged in charitable work. The recipient charity or not-for-profit must operate in the community or surrounding area where the nominating farmer resides.

Can you split the donation between two organizations?

No, we ask that you select one organization in your community.

Does the donation have to be made in the territory in which you live?

Because we want each of the territories to benefit from the program, we ask that you choose an organization in your home territory. If you live and farm in two different territories, please register using your address from the territory in which you want to make the donation.

When will the winners be announced?

Winners will be selected and notified in November 2017.

Why aren’t the winners based on merit/need of their organization?

We believe farmers who register will make a good decision on where the money is most needed to support their communities, and we wanted to make the process as simple as possible.

How are the winners chosen?

Winners are pre-screened to ensure they meet all eligibility requirements, and they are then randomly selected by a third party.

Why are you sponsoring this program?

Rural communities are the heart of Canada. They are where we find the people who work hard to feed, fuel and clothe our country and the world. We believe in rural Canada, and we want to support the communities where farmers live and work.

Is this a new program?

This is the third official year for the Canada’s Farmers Grow Communities program, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund. Prior to that, Monsanto Canada sponsored a pilot program in the provinces of Quebec and Ontario.

How does a farmer apply?

Eligible farmers may apply online here or download an application form here, which can then be mailed to:

Canada’’s Farmers Grow Communities
c/o Agriculture in the Classroom-Manitoba Inc.
Box 278, Group 327, RR#3
Selkirk, MB R1A 2A8

Two winners will be randomly drawn for each eligible territory from all eligible entrants received for that territory. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

How did you choose these territories?

The territories we chose to focus on are the territories where the large majority of grains and oilseeds are produced in Canada. As an organization 100 per cent focused on agriculture, we wanted to support those communities where farmers live and work.

Can a participant be eligible for the program this year if he/she has participated in the program last year?

Yes, participants from last year’s program are eligible for inclusion in this year’s program if they meet the eligibility requirements.

Why can only farmers apply?

Monsanto Canada’s only business is agriculture. As its philanthropic arm, the Monsanto Fund is dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where the large majority of Canada’s grains and oilseeds farmers live and work.

Are seed or retail dealers eligible to participate?

No. This program is designed for farmers only. Dealers can still participate in this community program by encouraging farmers in their communities to apply.

If I am a community member and want to submit an idea, can I qualify for this program?

No. Only eligible farmers are able to submit an application for this program. However, we encourage community members to submit suggestions for ideas or initiatives that farmers in their community may then consider using in their applications.

Who can apply?

Farmers who live in one of the 33 designated territories, are the age of majority in the province they reside and are actively engaged in farming corn, soybeans or canola in one of the eligible territories. No purchase is necessary to enter or win.