How FBN® Helps Canadian Farmers Put Their Communities First
One of the commitments we’ve made at FBN is to do everything we can to help farmers and farming communities thrive.
That’s one of the reasons we launched the FBN Community First Program for Canadian FBN members.
What is the FBN Community First program?
This program is a true win-win for farmers and their local communities. When Canadian farmers shop on FBN Direct®, they’ll not only have access to competitively priced input options, they’ll see a percentage of every sale donated to a project that matters to their community. So money spent in your community stays in your community.
How it works
A percentage of every dollar goes towards a Community First project in the geographic area where FBN Direct inputs were purchased.
FBN members submit applications to raise funds for local projects in their community. If the project is chosen, you will champion the plans and efforts to result in the project’s success.
Applications are reviewed bi-annually (March & October). FBN will then announce which project submissions were successful and schedule a launch meeting to kick off the project. Projects are then funded for a six-month period.
Here are just a few examples of successful projects that have been funded through the FBN Community First Program.
Community centre - Atwater, SK
Community First helped add a wheelchair ramp and small deck to the Atwater Community Centre. This provided a more-inclusive gathering space for the community to enjoy for years to come.
(Image of Atwater Community Hall provided by Adam Littman)
Train station restoration - Edam, SK
The Community First program helped fix this historic 1912 built train station. This was the first building many pioneers saw when heading west. The original design was the model for train stations across western Canada until World War II. With a newly repaired roof, the station will continue to inspire new settlers to Edam.
(Image of Train Station Restoration provided by Brett Blaquiere)
School program - Milk River, AB
The small community of Milk River may only have a population of 890 people but it's a community that is full of pride when it comes to athletics. The local high school, Erie Rivers, needed to expand its gymnasium and that’s where the Community First program came into play.
While the gym is only big enough to play basketball, the building’s space will soon be filled with passionate fans sitting in the bleachers. Go Erle Rivers Comets & Novas!
How to get involved
Applications will be reviewed by FBN’s leadership team and Account Executives twice a year. Once project submissions are chosen by FBN, a launch meeting will be held to get the project started.
If your project is chosen, you will drive the plans and efforts to bring your project to life. As the project champion, you’ll be directly responsible for the success of your project with support from FBN as well. .
Submit your application to be considered for the next round.
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