The Bashaw Multi 4-H club was one of 60 across the province able to enhance their programs through some long-term funding.
Farm Credit Canada (FCC), through it’s 4-H Club Fund, paid out more than $114,000 across Canada in 2018, including $500 to the Bashaw Multi club to support five members in a photography project. Overall in Alberta, the fund paid out almost $30,000 this year.
Co-leader of the project, Charlene Brosinsky, noted the club was pleased to hear their application was approved.
“Myself and co-leader Cindy Stewart are very excited that this money will be able to help with learning and travel for the 4-H photography members,” she stated.
“There has been excitement and successes with the project over the first two months. The participants range from seven to 15 years old and it’s amazing to see the pictures through their eyes.”
So far, the project has included a photo shoot on animals as well as a scavenger photo shoot around Bashaw.
The 4-H Club Fund started in 2017, as part of a four-year $1 million commitment to 4-H Canada to help support local club activities in addition to national and provincial initiatives.
“This is a long-term investment in a national organization dedicated to developing leadership, confidence and values in young people who want to contribute to this vibrant and dynamic industry,” explained Todd Klink, FCC executive vice-president and chief marketing officer, in a press release.
“By supporting 4-H clubs across Canada, the FCC 4-H Club Fund is helping plant the seeds for the next generation of successful farmers, agri-food and agribusiness entrepreneurs.”
The fund provides individual clubs with up to $500 that can go toward a wide range of projects and activities such as achievement days, skill-building workshops, field trips, public speaking competitions and the purchase of club supplies.
The next application period opens in the summer of 2019.
The full list of recipients from across Canada is available online at www.fcc.ca/4-H.