This blog addresses the following topics:

  • COVID-19 urgent funding
  • Why agriculture is the best industry for grants
  • 27 agriculture grants presented (in the same format so it’s easy to understand!)
  • Top-secret grant-winning sauce
  • Other Agriculture resources

Important COVID-19 Update:

In response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has created a new Agriculture Training Support Program to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees.

Here are some other agri-culture COVID-19 Programs:

Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program: Step 1. What this program offers

The Mandatory Isolation Support for Temporary Foreign Workers Program (MISTFWP) is a one-time $50-million program to help with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on food supply in Canada by assisting the farming, fish harvesting, and food production and processing sectors. The program will assist Canadian employers with some of the incremental costs associated with the mandatory 14-day isolation period imposed under the Quarantine Act on temporary foreign workers upon entering Canada.

Increasing credit availability

We have enabled Farm Credit Canada to provide an additional $5 billion in lending to producers, agribusinesses, and food processors. This will offer increased flexibility to farmers who face cashflow issues and to processors who are impacted by lost sales, helping them remain financially sound during this difficult time.

Assisting the fish and seafood processing sector

We are providing $62.5 million of new assistance to the fish and seafood processing sector through the Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund.

This will help businesses:

  • access short-term financing to pay for maintenance and inventory costs;
  • add storage capacity for unsold product;
  • comply with new health and safety measures for workers;
  • support new manufacturing/automated technologies to improve productivity and quality of finished seafood products; and,
  • adapt products to respond to changing requirements and new market demands.

More details will be available soon.

Helping food producers access more PPE and adapt to health protocols

We are creating a $77.5 million Emergency Processing Fund to help food producers access more personal protective equipment (PPE), adapt to health protocols, automate or modernize their facilities, processes, and operations, and respond to emerging pressures from COVID-19 so they can better supply Canadians with food during this period.

Helping producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19

We are launching a national AgriRecovery initiative of up to $125 million in funding to help producers faced with additional costs incurred by COVID-19 such as set-asides for cattle and hog management programs to manage livestock backed-up on farms, due to the temporary closure of food processing plants. This new federal funding will help beef and pork producers and processors adapt to a changing market, and help farmers and ranchers keep their animals longer before marketing.

Increasing the Canadian Dairy Commission borrowing limit

We announced the intention to increase the Canadian Dairy Commission’s borrowing limit by $200 million to support costs associated with the temporary storage of cheese and butter to avoid food waste.

Helping redistribute existing and unsold inventories

We are launching the Surplus Food Purchase Program with an initial $50 million fund designed to help redistribute existing and unsold inventories, which could include products such as potatoes and poultry, to local food organizations who are serving vulnerable Canadians.

Increasing interim payments from 50% to 75% through AgriStability

We are working with provinces and territories to increase interim payments from 50 per cent to 75 per cent through AgriStability, a federal, provincial and territorial program that supports producers who face significant revenue declines. This change has already been enacted in some provinces.

Expanding the AgriInsurance to include labour shortage

AgriInsurance is a federal-provincial-producer cost-shared program that stabilizes a producer’s income by minimizing the economic effects of primarily production losses caused by severe but uncontrollable natural hazards.

 

Supporting Alberta’s agriculture industry

A new fed cattle set-aside program will allow beef producers to hold on to slaughter-ready cattle on maintenance feed ration for several weeks, allowing the supply of animals to more evenly match demand and reduced processing capacity.


Do grants exist in agriculture?

Yes

Are there many?

Yes.

Where are they?

Further down this blog.

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Agriculture is the All-You-Can-Eat buffet for grants. Food safety, staff, equipment – they are just full of grants.

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As you will see below, I have laid out all the grants in the same format. You can link to further information as well.

Don’t forget at the end of this grant list, I leave you one of my best secret grant-winning tips!

Have fun!

Adapting Innovative Solutions in Agriculture

Value: Non-capital eligible expenses shared 50% grant: 50% applicant. Maximum $250,000 grant per applicant in a fiscal year, April-March. $500,000 per Applicant during the Program term.

Capital eligible expenses shared 20% grant: 80% applicant.

Description

The purpose of the Adapting Innovative Solutions in Agriculture Program is to support activities that take innovations that have proven to work outside of Alberta or in industries other than the agriculture industry, and adapt those Innovations so that they can be used under Alberta-specific conditions and/or in a specific Alberta Agriculture sector.

Eligible Applicants:

  1. a) Active Producers (includes Hutterite colony, greenhouse, commercial hatchery, member of Indian Band or Métis Settlement);
  2. b) non-profit agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, such as Applied Research and Extension Associations or forage associations;
  3. c) Industry Organizations (includes producer boards or commissions, processor organizations);
  4. d) Indian Bands;
  5. e) Métis Settlements;
  6. f) Post-Secondary Institutions; and
  7. g) Municipal Governments

Eligible Expenses:

  • incremental wages for Project personnel directly related to the Project whose primary
  • costs for fee-for-service providers/contributors
  • cost of new inputs (animal, seed/crop) required for the Project
  • responsibility is to ensure success of the Project. capital purchases of equipment and technology
  • engineering costs for the Project
  • rentals, leases of venues, technology, and equipment directly related to the Project

Contact: AF.AccelAdapt@gov.ab.ca or 310-3276 (FARM)

Deadline Date: Opens and closes

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/ADAPT_INNOVATION

Value Added Products to Market (Large Projects)

Value: Grant request must be more than $50,000, to a maximum of $500,000 per applicant per fiscal year. (project term maximum is 2 fiscal years)

Description:

The purpose of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Value-Added Products to Markets – Large Projects Program is to support growth of Alberta’s value-added Food Processors and Bio-Industrial Processors. The Program targets Projects that enable growth of their businesses through increased sales related to the development of New Products, adoption of state-of-the-art processes, commercialization of products in New Markets, and expansion of their business in local, domestic and international markets.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Bio-Industrial Processors
  • Food Processors

Eligible activities include:

  • Processing Capacity Expansion
  • Product and Process Development
  • Label and Package Development
  • Market Development
  • Export Preparation and Planning
  • Product Demonstration

Deadline: Opens and closes

Contact: af.ag-grants@gov.ab.ca

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/MARKETS_LARGE

Products to Market | Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (Small Projects)

Value: a maximum of $50,000 per Applicant per Fiscal Year

Description:

The purpose of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Products to Markets Program is to support growth of Alberta’s agricultural industries by supporting the development of New Products and/or Processes, commercialization of products in New Markets, and expansion into local, domestic and international markets.

Eligibility Applicants:

  • Bio-Industrial Processors
  • Food Processors
  • Processor Organizations
  • Producer Organizations
  • New Entrants
  • Producers who are:

Eligible Activities:

Projects must include eligible activities and expenses that directly relate to the development of New Products/Processes and/or access to New Markets.

For funding purposes, the Program has the following two streams with separate budgets: Stream A – Activities 1 to 7; Stream B – Activity 8

Stream A Activities

  1. Product and Process Development
  2. Label and Package Development
  3. Processing Capacity Expansion
  4. Market Development
  5. Export Preparation and Planning
  6. Product Demonstration
  7. Activities to Support Aggregation and Distribution of Food

Stream B Activity

AF-led Outbound Trade Initiatives

Adding value past primary agricultural production

Involved in international market development activities

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: AF.AG-GRANTS@GOV.AB.CA

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/MARKETS_SMALL

Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation

Value: Maximum $250,000 grant per applicant in a fiscal year, April-March. Maximum of $500,000 per Applicant during the Program term.

Description

The purpose of the Accelerating the Advancement of Agricultural Innovation Program is to support activities that demonstrate the feasibility and potential for real world application of innovations that are new to Alberta or new to the agriculture sector. This program is one of two in the Science and Research theme within the Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta.

Eligible applicants:

  1. a) Active Producers (includes Hutterite colony, greenhouse, commercial hatchery, member of Indian Band or Métis Settlement);
  2. b) Non-profit agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, such as Applied Research and Extension Associations or forage associations;
  3. c) Industry Organizations (includes producer boards or commissions, processor organizations);
  4. d) Indian Bands and Métis Settlements;
  5. f) Post-Secondary Institutions; and
  6. g) Municipal Governments

Eligible Expenses:

  1. a) Proof of concept activities that assess an innovation under specific conditions to evaluate its potential use for Alberta’s agriculture sectors;
  2. b) Feasibility activities that assess the suitability of an innovation for Alberta’s agriculture sectors;
  3. c) Prototype development to establish or validate performance characteristics of an innovation to function in Alberta;
  4. d) Demonstration activities that will enable the showcasing of innovations (pre-commercial or commercial) with growth potential for use in Alberta agriculture; and
  5. e) Pilot activities that scale up innovations with growth potential under Alberta specific conditions for use in Alberta agriculture sectors.

Deadline Date: Opens and closes

Contact: AF.AccelAdapt@gov.ab.ca & 310-3276 (FARM)

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/ACCEL_INNOVATION

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Irrigation Efficiency

Value: $150,000 per fiscal year.

Description:

The purpose of this program is to increase water savings and reduce energy use in irrigated agriculture by assisting producers with the purchase of more efficient irrigation equipment and systems. This program assists producers with eligible costs incurred for the purchase and installation of a new low-pressure centre (LPCP) pivot irrigation system, a drip irrigation system or an upgrade of an existing irrigation system.

Eligible applicants include:

  • operate as a producer in Alberta
  • own an irrigated agricultural operation in Alberta
  • have a Long-Term Irrigation Management Plan; and
  • not have been previously been approved for payment from the program for the parcel described in the application.

Eligible Activities:

Applicants are only eligible to receive one payment per parcel of land under the program. For each parcel, applicants are eligible to receive either:

  • 40% of the eligible costs, up to a maximum of $5,000, for: equipment upgrades on the parcel; or an upgrade on the parcel from an existing irrigation system to a surface drip irrigation system; or
  • $15,000 of the eligible costs for an upgrade on the parcel from a gravity, side-wheel or high-pressure centre pivot irrigation system to a new LPCP system or a subsurface drip irrigation system.

Eligible equipment upgrades include:

  • new low-pressure centre pivot to replace a gravity, side-wheel or high-pressure centre pivot,
  • retrofit of a high-pressure centre pivot to a low-pressure centre pivot, including booster pumps, nozzle packages and pump modifications,
  • high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles and related equipment to upgrade an existing low-pressure centre pivot,
  • variable-rate irrigation equipment (controllers and software),
  • control panel upgrades, including base stations for telemetry,
  • surface or subsurface drip irrigation to replace gravity, side-wheel or high pressure centre pivot.

Deadline: Opens and closes

Contact: Marie Schussler | Marie.schussler@gov.ab.ca | 310-FARM (3276)

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/program/IRR_EFFICIENCY

Productivity Improvement Grant| Alberta Agriculture and Forestry:

Value: 80% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $25,000 per fiscal year.

Description:

The Workforce Productivity Improvement Grant provides assistance to agri-processing and agricultural production companies to assess and adopt new technologies and processes that improve worker productivity.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Food Processor: means an entity that: (a) is active in the business of changing a raw agricultural commodity into a value-added product through physical, chemical, or thermal means, including packaging; (b) contracts to have product(s) processed and packaged on its behalf; or (c) operates a processing facility that is formally registered by federal or provincial inspection authorities, and which markets its products through wholesale distribution channels (eg. retail, foodservice) and does not sell exclusively through an on-premise or single company owned retail outlet
  • Primary Producer: means a person responsible for the day-to-day management and work on the farm, including responsibility for input costs for agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $10,000 worth of farm commodities annually, but does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land
  • Industry Organizations: means not for profit agencies, boards, commissions, associations or societies whose membership includes individuals or businesses in the agri-food industry
  • Bio-Industrial Processor: means an entity that operates a facility in Alberta that manipulates and enhances the value of an agricultural product

Eligible Activities:

  • Expertise to identify and provide coaching on production process improvements
  • Expertise to identify and provide coaching on environmental process improvements

Eligible Expenses:

Consulting fees paid to a third-party consultant to complete the eligible activities.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Gerard Bos | 780-980-4222 | gerard.bos@gov.ab.ca

Website: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv338

Agri-Industry Workforce Development – Retention Improvement | Alberta Agriculture and Forestry:

Value: 80% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $25,000 per fiscal year.

Description:

The Agri-Industry Workforce Development Initiative provides assistance to address specific workforce issues in agricultural production and agri-processing sectors. Financial assistance is provided to assist Alberta’s agri-business managers to:

  • Reduce worker turnover
  • Recruit workers outside of Alberta
  • Assess and adopt technologies and processes which will increase worker productivity

The Retention Grant provides assistance for employers to contract consultants to review, improve and develop retention strategies in order to reduce worker turnover and address workforce stability.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Food Processor: means an entity that: (a) is active in the business of changing a raw agricultural commodity into a value-added product through physical, chemical, or thermal means, including packaging; (b) contracts to have product(s) processed and packaged on its behalf; or (c) operates a processing facility that is formally registered by federal or provincial inspection authorities, and which markets its products through wholesale distribution channels (eg. retail, foodservice) and does not sell exclusively through an on-premise or single company owned retail outlet
  • Primary Producer: means a person responsible for the day-to-day management and work on the farm, including responsibility for input costs for agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $10,000 worth of farm commodities annually, but does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land
  • Industry Organizations: means not for profit agencies, boards, commissions, associations or societies whose membership includes individuals or businesses in