By Monsanto Canada Inc.

$45,000 in cash awards available to clubs in need

Monsanto Canada’s “Imagine a Better House” community curling club improvement program is back for another year with enhanced funding of $45,000 in cash awards available to rural-based curling clubs in Western Canada who need a hand to improve their clubs.

The “Imagine a Better House” community curling club program gives rural-based curling clubs in Western Canada the opportunity to secure funding to undertake development or improvement projects at their local curling club. A total of 14 cash prizes will be awarded in 2011 – a Grand Prize of $10,000 will go to the winning entry, along with three (3) Second Place prizes of $5,000 and ten (10) Third Place prizes of $2,000. All winners will be notified and announced publicly in late February.

Over the past three years, Monsanto has provided over $190,000 in cash awards to 70 different rural community clubs across the Prairies. Last year’s grand prize winner was the 150-member Moosomin Curling Club in Moosomin, Saskatchewan.

“Curling is a game embraced by people of all ages in rural communities and the curling club is often the centre of social life in small towns,” said Trish Jordan, Monsanto Canada’s public affairs director. “We see tremendous need out there for a multitude of improvement projects and this is one way we feel we can give back to the rural communities who help make our business successful.”

Cash prizes can be utilized by the winning entrants for anything from building improvements, to new equipment or scoreboards or maybe even a special event to support and promote the sport of curling at the local rink. The most common challenges faced by local clubs last year related to building enhancements or repairs or upgrades of equipment to improve the quality of ice within the facility.
More information and posters profiling the “Imagine a Better House” community curling club program have been mailed to curling clubs and local retail outlets across Western Canada.

Interested clubs can apply on-line at www.monsanto.ca. Applicants just need to click on the “Imagine a Better House” icon and tell Monsanto a little about their club, the community in which it resides and why the curling club is in need of a little assistance. There is even an opportunity to upload a couple of photos to support your case. Applications can also be mailed to the Monsanto Canada head office in Winnipeg. All applications must be received by Jan. 31, 2011 to be eligible.

Once applications close, a group of curling enthusiasts and Monsanto Canada employees will review each of the submissions and rank them based on degree of need expressed by the local curling club and the creativity of the submission.

Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Monsanto Canada Inc. is part of the larger global Monsanto family. Monsanto Company is an agricultural company and a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality. Monsanto remains focused on enabling both small-holder and large-scale farmers to produce more from their land while conserving more of our world’s natural resources such as water and energy. Learn more about our business and our commitments at www.monsanto.ca.

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