The Green Valley and Silver Willow 4-H clubs are among 26 in the province receiving a funding boost heading into the holidays.
4-H Canada and Farm Credit Canada announced Wednesday $100,000 in funding distributed to more than 200 4-H clubs, districts, and regions across Canada. In B.C., 26 clubs, districts, and regions received a combined total of $13,000.
Monies are coming from the FCC 4-H Club Fund, which provides up to $500 in funding per club, district, or region to support initiatives and activities such as developing existing programs, the purchase of resource materials, volunteer supports, or covering costs associated with local events
Green Valley 4-H, based in Cecil Lake, and Silver Willow 4-H, based in Fort St. John, were among the B.C. clubs awarded.
“Thanks to FCC, our strong partner of more than 25 years, this fund will once again serve as an important resource for 4-H at the grassroots level, supporting the exciting activities of our 4-H clubs across Canada,” said 4-H Canada CEO Shannon Benner.
“Through support from the FCC 4-H Club Fund, 4-H youth leaders have the opportunity to further their engagement in activities and programming in the areas that they are passionate about, empowering them as engaged and responsible youth who effect positive change not just within their communities, but around the world.”
The FCC 4-H Club Fund is part of a $250,000 commitment by FCC to 4-H in Canada for 2021-2022, providing support not only at the local club level, but also towards the programming and initiatives of 4-H Canada and provincial 4-H organizations.
“Many of our customers and employees have benefited from 4-H programs. Others have seen first-hand the excitement and enthusiasm in the faces of young people participating in these activities,” said Todd Klink, FCC’s chief marketing officer.
“Whether or not those who participate in a 4-H club decide to pursue a career in agriculture, these programs provide a toolbox of leadership skills they can carry with them the rest of their lives.”