This blog addresses the following topics:

  • 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

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.

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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: May 8, 2019.

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: The next submission deadline is April 1, 2019.

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: The next Intake Due Date is May 8, 2019.

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: April 3, 2018 – May 1, 2018; May 2, 2018 – Aug 1, 2018. Aug 2, 2018 – Jan 31, 2019

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 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:

Human Resource expertise to identify and coach on retention strategy development, retention improvements and supervisory training.

Eligible Expenses:

Consulting fees paid to a third-party consultant to complete 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

AgriInnovation Program (AIP) – Enabling Commercialization and Adoption Stream | (AAFC):

Value: Maximum $10,000,000 up to 50% of the total eligible costs. Will not normally exceed $2,000,000 for commercial demonstration projects.

Description:

This program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.

Applicants may apply at any point during the life of the program, until available funds have been fully allocated. Once all funds have been allocated, a notice will be posted on this website.

Please apply early to ensure you have enough time to complete your project. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.

Eligible Applicants:

For-profit corporations and for-profit cooperatives.

Eligible Activities:

Commercialization of innovative agricultural, agri-food or agri-based products, technologies, processes or services where the innovations will be introduced to the market when the project is completed

Adoption of innovative agricultural, agri-food or agri-based products, technologies, processes or services where recent innovations are adopted and adapted to existing operations

Demonstration of innovative agricultural, agri-food or agri-based products, technologies, processes or services, where all necessary testing and piloting has been completed, and which involve one or more of the following:

  • Demonstration to a targeted user in order to secure a key customer necessary to penetrate the market;
  • Production of samples for market validation; or,
  • Creation of a reference or showcase site for pre-commercial demonstration.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Capital Expenditures
  • Contracted services
  • Salaries/Benefits
  • Other direct project costs

Deadline: Ongoing. Projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.

Contact: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | 1-877-246-4682 | aafc.cap-aip.pca-pai.aac@canada.ca

Website: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/agriinnovate-program/applicant-guide/?id=1515683309209

Risk Mitigation | Agriculture and Forestry

Value: Maximum of $750,000 per project. 75% grant. 25% applicant.

Description:

The Plant Health Subject Area provides support for the development and knowledge transfer of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) controls to effectively address the risks of new/emerging and existing crop and/or bee pests under Alberta conditions.

Eligible Applicants:

The eligible applicants for the program include:

The following entities are eligible to apply under this Subject Area:

(a) Applied Research and Extension Associations;

(b) Post-Secondary Institutions;

(c) Fee for Service Providers;

(d) Industry Organizations;

(e) Municipalities;

(f) Indian Bands; and

(g) Metis Settlements

Eligible Activities:

The following activities may be included in an Application under this Subject Area:

(a) risk assessment for crop and/or bee pests in Alberta related to development of IPM controls;

(b) development, modification, adaptation, evaluation and verification of IPM controls for crop and/or bee pests under Alberta conditions;

(c) diagnostics and testing for identification of Alberta crop and/or bee pests, and/or for the verification of effectiveness related to IPM controls; and

(d) extension to transfer knowledge to intended beneficiaries on effective IPM control options.

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Contact: Tanya Warren | 780-643-9486 | Tanya.Warren@gov.ab.ca

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

Risk Mitigation | Food Safety

Value: Maximum of $50,000 per project. Three within five years and two can be in the same year.

Description:

The Plant Health Subject Area provides support for the development and knowledge transfer of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) controls to effectively address the risks of new/emerging and existing crop and/or bee pests under Alberta conditions.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Agri-Processor Applicants

Eligible Expenses:

  • Food safety training of staff
  • Pre-audit and/or gap assessment of a food safety system
  • Certification audit of a food safety system, conducted by an accredited/approved auditing body;
  • Development and implementation of a food safety system;
  • Validation Studies (e.g. effectiveness of cleaning and sanitizing, water treatment, allergen controls, and food safety control measures outlined in HACCP Plans/CCPs);
  • Facility modification including installation of equipment that supports the implementation of a food safety system and training by the vendor to operate the equipment;

Deadline: April 15, 2019

Contact: | CAP.foodsafety@gov.ab.ca

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/download/AGUCMINT-4962882

Risk Mitigation | Animal Health Traceability

Value: $20,000 per Intermediary Site over the Program Term.

Description:

The Animal Health Traceability Subject Area supports livestock traceability technology adoption and evaluations, training/education activities, and other elements of livestock traceability in order to better anticipate, assess and manage risks and threats associated with animal health.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Operator Applicants: i. adoption of livestock traceability technologies at an Intermediary Site
  • Industry Organization: i. testing and evaluation of existing and new, emerging traceability;

technologies that benefit the livestock industry as a whole, or a segment of the livestock industry; and development and delivery of traceability training sessions (such as

seminars, conferences, and workshops), and/or development of traceability information materials.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Operator Applicants: i. reasonable purchase costs of RFID Readers and RFID Software that are appropriate for the Applicant’s operation to be able to participate in a traceability system, as well as installation costs (if done by a licensed service provider)
  • Industry Organization Applicants: manpower costs and professional fees

Contact: Myles Sosnowski Myles.Sosnowski@gov.ab.ca | 780-427-7708

Deadline Date: April 15, 2019

Website: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/download/AGUCMINT-4962880

Emerging Opportunities

Value: $1,000,000

Description:

The purpose of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Emerging Opportunities Program is to enable growth and diversification of Alberta’s value-added industries through development and commercialization of new or emerging opportunities in the Sector.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Bio-Industrial
  • Food Processors
  • AgriBusinesses
  • Industry Organizations

Eligible Expenses:

Subject to s. 3.3.1, the following activities may be included in an Application submitted by an Applicant that is an AgriBusiness or a Processor:

  • Activities required to adopt, adapt, install, or evaluate new technology (equipment) or processes;
  • Activities associated with training for the use of innovative technologies or processes;
  • Activities associated with the monitoring, documentation, reporting and communications on the effectiveness of adopted new technologies or processes

Deadline: April 1 – April 30, 2019 Intake opens

Contact:  AF.AG-GRANTS@Gov.ab.ca

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

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Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Producer

Value: $15,000 – $100,000

Description

The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Producer program is to support producers in reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability in the agriculture sector.

Eligible Applicants:

To be eligible to apply to the Program, a person must be either:

  1. a) an Active Producer operating in Alberta that has a current EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician; or is currently working on an EFP and is in a position to receive and EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician before the end of the project term; or
  2. b) a Commercial Manure Applicator that has completed a manure management training event or course after January 1, 2019; or will complete a manure management training event or course before the end of the Project Term.

Please Note: A valid Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a prerequisite to this program. EFP has implemented a 10-year renewal starting 2018, therefore and EFP completed before 2008 will not be considered valid.

Eligible Expenses:

Agricultural Input and Waste Management

  • Improved Pesticide Management (301)
  • Improved Nutrient Management (302)
  • Plastic Rollers and Compactors (303)
  • Shelterbelts and Eco-Buffers (304)
  • Agricultural Input and Waste Management Strategies

Innovation

  • Innovative Solutions (401)

Contact: 310-FARM (3276) | CAP.ESandCCProgram@gov.ab.ca | www.cap.alberta.ca

Deadline: May 15, 2019

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

Surveillance

Value: $750,000

Description: The purpose of the Surveillance Program is to close gaps in Surveillance in order to increase the early detection of existing and emerging livestock diseases, Crop Pests, Bee Pests, foodborne hazards, and other risks affecting plant, animal, and public health.

Applicants are encouraged to develop Projects in which the Applicant communicates their findings to the Alberta agriculture industry. For funding purposes, the Program has three areas of focus (plant health, animal health, and food safety), each with separate funding constraints.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Agri-Processors,
  • Industry Organizations,
  • Municipalities,
    Post-Secondary Institutions,
  • Applied Research Associations,
  • Fee-For-Service Providers,
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Incremental costs for labour or salaried services and related employment and/or consultant expenses to develop, deliver, adapt, implement, promote and communicate Surveillance activities;
  • Costs of supplies/materials and services (e.g. laboratory testing) to design, develop, implement, deliver and promote Surveillance activities, and to communicate Surveillance activity findings;
  • Costs to develop and deliver surveys, interviews, workshops, training seminars, demonstrations, webinars, e-resources, and visual aids, including costs such as procurement, advertising, print materials, website and media/app development;
  • Costs to perform feasibility and risk/gap assessment activities related to the adoption of Surveillance activities;
  • Reasonable travel expenses for travel within Alberta directly related to the Project, as set out in the Alberta Canadian Agricultural Partnership Travel Expense Policy posted on the Alberta Canadian Agricultural Partnership website, as may be amended; f) costs for rental or lease of facilities;
  • Costs for computer and computer software to undertake the Project, up to a maximum of $3,000 per Project;
  • Reasonable costs for specialized lab equipment and software required for such equipment to undertake the Project;
  • For all Applicants other than Fee for Service Provider Applicants, In-Kind Contributions up to a maximum of 25% of the total Eligible Expenses.

Contact: Tanya Warren | Tanya.Warren@gov.ab.ca | 780-643-9486

Deadline: April 30, 2019

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

Alberta Innovates – Bio at Alberta Innovates

Value: Varies

Description:

Our bio sector is working to develop new sustainability practices, new natural products for world markets, and new economic opportunities and investment in Alberta.

We are embracing and supporting emerging technologies and the creation of new ideas for the growing global bioeconomy. We’re also delivering on the potential of agriculture and forestry in areas such as: value-chain sustainability, advancing the biorefinery, quality food for health, industry challenges, emerging opportunities, and prion and prion-like protein misfolding diseases.

Eligible Activities:

To expand sustainable production, Alberta Innovates has two main priorities:

  1. Market-Driven Traits and Products: Research investments focus on increasing the global competitiveness of Alberta’s agriculture and forest sectors through: reduced cost of production, value addition (e.g. traits and attributes) and the development of new products (e.g. water and nutrient use efficiency, high value products).
  2. Agriculture and Forest Sustainability: We answer research questions to optimize the responsible use of Alberta’s agricultural and forested landscapes, addressing Alberta’s economic, social and ecological goals (e.g. control of mountain pine beetle).

Read more about this sector’s various programs and initiatives:

Deadline: Open

Contact: KMTeam@albertainnovates.ca

Website: https://albertainnovates.ca/our-bio-focus/

Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program (FEAP) | Alberta Agriculture and Forestry:

Value: Maximum $250,000 per fiscal year; maximum $750,000 over program term.

Description:

The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program shares costs with the agriculture and agri-processing sector on energy efficiency investments. The Program is designed to encourage energy management which will result in cost savings, energy conservation, and ultimately, reduced greenhouse gas emissions.

The Program offers financial support, subject to financial constraint, to applicants who incorporate high efficiency equipment that is identified in the applicable Funding List in their construction and/or retrofitting projects.

Eligible Applicants:

  • Primary Producer: means an individual or a registered entity operating in Alberta 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
  • Agri-Processor: means a registered entity that operates in Alberta that:
    • Is active in the business of changing a raw Agricultural Product into a value-added product through physical, chemical, or thermal means
    • Contracts to have product(s) processed and packaged on their behalf; or
    • Operates one or more processing facilities that are formally registered by federal or provincial inspection authorities, and which markets its products through wholesale distribution channels (eg. to retail or to foodservice) and does not sell exclusively through an on premise or single company owned retail outlet
  • An entity that is both a Primary Producer and an Agri-Processor

Eligible Activities:

Equipment purchases

Deadline: Ongoing. Based on first-come, first-served basis.

Contact: Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program | AF.FEAP@gov.ab.ca

Website: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv462

AgriAssurance – Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Component | Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada

Value: 50% of eligible expenses up to $500,000.

Description:

A five-year, up to $74 million federal initiative to foster public trust by helping industry develop and adopt systems, standards and tools that enable them to make credible, meaningful and verifiable claims about the health and safety of Canadian agricultural and agri-food products, and the manner in which they are produced. The AgriAssurance Program: Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) component aims to support for-profit SMEs to help implement assurance projects that address market and regulatory requirements.

Eligible Applicants:

For-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector, including fish and seafood, which may include:

  • Businesses and corporations
  • Co-operatives
  • Indigenous groups

Small and medium-sized enterprises must:

  • Be directly involved in growing harvesting, processing or otherwise transforming or consolidating their products
  • Have up to 250 employees
  • Have annual revenues below $50 million
  • Be independently incorporated
  • Have completed market research
  • Be export and market ready

Eligible Activities:

  • Contracting professional services to obtain third-party certification for agricultural and agri-food products required to access a specific export opportunity
  • Hiring individuals dedicated to making arrangements for such certification
  • Travelling to enable the certification

Deadline: September 30, 2022, or until funding has been fully committed or until otherwise announced by the program. The program ends March 31, 2023.

Contact: AgriAssurance Program | 1-877-246-4682 | aafc.assurance.aac@canada.ca

Website: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agriassurance-small-and-medium-sized-enterprise-component/?id=1517865477303

AgriScience Program – Projects | Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC):

Value: $5,000,000 (not loan not grant)

  • Not-for-profit organizations: a maximum of 70% up to $5 million over 5 years
  • For-profit organizations: a maximum of 50% up to $5 million over 5 years

Description:

The program aims to accelerate the pace of innovation by providing funding and support for pre-commercial science activities and cutting-edge research that benefits the agriculture and agri-food sector and Canadians. The AgriScience Projects (Projects) component aims to support specific shorter-term research activities to help industry overcome challenges and address fiscal barriers experienced by small and emerging sectors. They also seek to mitigate high risk opportunities that have the potential to yield significant returns.

Eligible Applicants:

For-profit organizations, which may include:

  • Businesses and/or corporations
  • Co-operatives
  • Indigenous groups

Not-for-profit organizations, which may include:

  • Associations
  • Corporations
  • Co-operatives
  • Indigenous groups

Deadline: Ongoing. Program ends March 31, 2023.

Contact: AgriScience Program | 1-877-246-4682 | aip-pai@agr.gc.ca

Website: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agriscience-program-projects/?id=1516993063537

AgriMarketing Program – Small and Medium Enterprise Component | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Value: 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $50,000 per fiscal year, $100,000 over two consecutive fiscal years, and to a maximum of $250,000 over five years.

Description:

The program supports industry-led promotional activities that differentiate Canadian products and producers, and leverage Canada’s reputation for high quality and safe food. The program also helps some sectors maintain their domestic market. The AgriMarketing Program:  Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) Component provides targeted support to companies for international initiatives. Under this component, funding will be available to help implement international export plans, which include promotional and market development activities.

Eligible Applicants:

For-profit organizations operating in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry including fish and seafood.

Small and medium-sized enterprises must:

  • Be directly involved in growing, harvesting, processing or otherwise transforming or consolidating their products
  • Have up to 250 employees
  • Have annual revenues below $50 million
  • Be independently incorporated
  • Have completed market research and be export and market ready

Eligible Activities:

  • Company-specific marketing and advertising related to the export activities
  • Food service promotions and product demonstrations for buyers and consumers
  • Trade seminars to provide information on specific attributes of your products
  • Incoming and outgoing missions
  • Technical training for buyers about products and product handling
  • Market development strategies
  • In-market expertise

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from February 13, 2018 until September 30, 2022, or until funding has been fully committed or until otherwise announced by the program. The program ends March 31, 2023.

Contact: AgriMarketing Program |1-877-246-4682 | aafc.agrimarketingagri-marketing.aac@canada.ca

Website: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agrimarketing-program-small-and-medium-sized-enterprise-component/?id=1515088228849

Farm Water Supply

Value: The Program provides grants on a cost-shared basis to cover Eligible Costs for approved Projects up to a maximum of $64,000 per Applicant over the Program Term.

Description:

The Farm Water Supply Program shares costs relating to enhancements of a producer’s on-farm water supply management, arising from a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP). These eligible costs are offered through Standard and Special Incentive projects described in detail in the Farm Water Supply Program Funding List.

Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a variety of water sourcing, conservation and protection projects if they are previously identified in the producer’s approved LTWMP and meet the program’s Terms and Conditions.

Eligible Applicants:

Producers, corporations and not-for-profit organizations with an active agricultural business in Alberta and a minimum of $10,000 of farm commodity production income are eligible. An eligible on-farm water project can be located on private land, rented land and certain types of Crown land subject to prior written approval from the landowner. The land on which a project is completed must be located in the Province of Alberta and must be actively farmed by the person applying for the grant at the time the project is completed.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Ag-Info Centre | 310-FARM (3276)

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

Strategic Research and Development Grant Program

Value: Varies

Description:

The Strategic Research & Development Program (SRDP) is designed to enable both basic and applied research initiatives aligned to Alberta Agriculture and Forestry’s (AAF) Business Plan and priorities. The SRDP provides targeted grant assistance for entities involved in Alberta’s livestock and meat industry.

Eligible Applicants:

Eligible Applicants 3.1.1 Funding will be available to those organizations that directly and/or indirectly participate in the service and development of the Alberta livestock or crop industry, provided that such organizations are in good standing and not in default under any other agreements or programs with AF or any other department, agency or program of the Alberta Government. Eligible applicants include but are not limited to:

  • Industry associations serving the livestock or crop industry;
  • Educational institutions including universities, colleges, and technical schools;
  • Subject to s. 3.1.2, government organizations and agencies; and
  • Existing or prospective Alberta companies and supply chains that can increase the value and sales of Alberta products.

Eligible Activities:

  • GHG emission reduction and air quality enhancement;
  • Climate change and adaptation;
  • Enhancing water quality, management, availability and water use efficiency;
  • Maintaining and enhancing soil health and quality, while minimizing soil erosion; and
  • Maintaining and improving biodiversity.

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Alysson Blaine | 780-643-2999 | alysson.blaine@gov.ab.ca

Website: https://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv459

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC):

Value: $10,000 (Green Farm stream); $16,000 (Green Internships stream).

Description:

The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative will help fund internships for post-secondary graduates working in the agriculture industry. These internships would include activities or projects that benefit the environment. Note that this is not a summer employment program. Funding is available through the following two streams:

  • Green Farms Stream: Farm operators could receive up to a maximum of $10,000 per intern to implement projects that are environmentally beneficial
  • Green Internships Stream: Employers in the agricultural sector but not directly on farm could receive up to a maximum of $16,000 per intern to undertake environmental activities, services or research that will benefit the agriculture sector

Eligibility:

  • Farms (sole proprietorships, partnerships, and corporations)
  • For-profit organizations
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Provincial and municipal governments
  • Associations
  • Boards
  • Councils
  • Universities

Eligible Expenses:

Funds may only be allocated for salaries and social benefits. The employer is responsible for paying the employee.

Deadline: Applications opened April 26, 2017. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Contact: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada | 1-866-452-5558

Website: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agricultural-youth-green-jobs-initiative/?id=1459879253586

Career Focus | Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada:

Value: 50% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000 in matching funds.

Description:

The Career Focus Program will help fund 65 agricultural internships for Canadian graduates. Each internship will last at least four months to a maximum of 12 months. They will be long enough to provide meaningful experience to the employee. The Career Focus Program within AAFC will provide $864,000 each year to projects that hire recent graduates in agriculture, agri-food science, and veterinary medicine. Please note that this program is not a summer employment program.

Eligibility:

Employers:

Eligible employers are organizations who can offer projects that will give employees:

  • Agriculture career-related work experiences in Canada
  • Skills acquisition through mentoring and coaching

These organizations may be from:

  • Industry
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Provincial and municipal governments
  • Associations
  • Boards
  • Councils
  • Universities

Employees:

  • Between the ages of 15 and 30
  • Unemployed or under-employed
  • Have graduated in the last three calendar years from:
    • An agriculture-related program in a university, college, or CEGEP or
    • A provincial program focusing on biological, agricultural and veterinary science or applied technology
  • Canadian citizen or permanent resident

Eligible Expenses:

Salaries and social benefits

Deadline: Between November 1 and November 30 each year for internships beginning on or after April 1 of the following year.

Contact: Career Focus | 1-866-452-5558 | AAFC.Career.focus-Objectif.carriere.AAC@agr.gc.ca

Website: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1379352458909#a2.0

Career Focus Green Jobs | BioTalent Canada:

Value: 50% to a maximum of $13,500

Description:

The Career Focus Green Jobs program is a wage subsidy program for employment opportunities that have a green mandate or any job with an employer that has an environmental focus. It helps knock down that cost barrier by covering the cost of a new graduate’s salary. Employers can bring on an eager, educated young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company.

Eligibility:

Employer:

To qualify as a green job either the job needs to have a green mandate or the employer needs to have an environmental focus. Green jobs are employment opportunities that meet the following criteria:

  • Help reduce the consumption of energy and raw materials
  • Limit greenhouse gas emissions
  • Minimize waste and pollution
  • Protect and restore ecosystems

Green jobs can also include employment opportunities in:

  • Non-profit environmental organizations
  • Solar and wind technology companies
  • Environmental science centers
  • Watershed and water resource agencies
  • Farms and farming co-ops
  • Conservation organizations
  • Museums and educational institutions
  • Waste management companies
  • Information technology companies

Employee:

  • Be a graduate from a post-secondary institution within the last three years
  • Be between the ages of 15-30 (inclusive at the start of the placement)
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance at the start of your placement

Deadline: December

Contact: BioTalent Canada | careerfocus@biotalent.ca

Website: https://www.biotalent.ca/en/career-focus-green-jobs

Career Focus Program | BioTalent Canada:

Value: Maximum $20,000 towards salary.

Description:

For many new graduates, landing a job without extensive work experience is a challenge. Yet without that first biotechnology position, the necessary experience will never come. BioTalent Canada’s Career Focus Program paves the way to employment by helping offset the costs of orientation, integration and skills development. Not only does the program help young workers develop their skills and abilities in general, but it also forges strong connections between them and the companies that take them on. Nearly every Career Focus participant who completed the program is kept on – hired long term.

The BioTalent Canada Career Focus Program gives employers the freedom to:

  • Meet their staffing needs with less financial risk
  • Grow their business
  • Access a pool of eager-to-learn new workers
  • Develop new talent within their companies

The BioTalent Canada Career Focus Program helps knock down that cost barrier by subsidizing the salaries of new grads. Employers can bring on an eager, educated young worker for a special project – and at the end of the placement end up with a skilled candidate already oriented to their company.

Eligibility:

Employee:

  • Be a graduate from a post-secondary institution within the last three years
  • Be between the ages of 15-30, inclusively
  • Be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or hold refugee status
  • Be legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation
  • Not be in receipt of Employment Insurance at the start of your placement
  • Have an offer for potential employment

Employer:

Any Canadian biotechnology company in the private sector needing to fill any position within the company can apply. Eligible placements may involve research, biotechnology promotion and education, or some other combination of business and science skills—and may cover the full spectrum of jobs from manufacturing and production to product commercialization, quality control/assurance, sales, regulatory affairs, biosafety and more.

Deadline: Currently closed. Future deadline to be determined.

Contact: BioTalent Canada | careerfocus@biotalent.ca

Website: https://www.biotalent.ca/en/career-focus-wage-subsidy-program-0#Program Criteria

Youth Employment Program – Green (Youth-Green) | National Research Council Canada (NRC):

Value: The program will cost-share a portion of the salary costs of a youth candidate, with the company responsible for fringe benefits and overhead costs.

Description:

The Youth Employment Strategy is the Government of Canada’s commitment to help young Canadians (aged 15 to 30) obtain career information, develop skills, find good jobs and stay employed. Through federal departments and agencies, among others, the Youth Employment Strategy assists employers in hiring young Canadians.

The NRC Industrial Research Assistance Program (IRAP) delivers its Youth programs under the Youth Employment Strategy and provides small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with financial assistance to hire young talent. In addition to meeting the needs of innovative SMEs, this Program facilitates the transition of highly skilled young people to a rapidly changing labour market.

Eligibility:

  • Be incorporated and for-profit
  • Have 500 or less full-time equivalents
  • Be ready to enhance their innovation capacity, and willing to establish a trusting relationship with IRAP

Youth Eligibility:

  • Between 15 – 30 years of age (inclusive)
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • Legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial legislation and regulations
  • A first-time participant in a Youth Employment Strategy work experience program targeted at youth
  • Internships are available anywhere in Canada and must last for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months

Green Criteria:

  • To be considered “Green,” one of the following criteria is required:
    • Does the nature of your business align with green economy sectors or industries?
    • Is the Youth internship expected to produce an environmental benefit?

Deadline: Ongoing

Contact: Industrial Research Assistance Program | 1-877-994-4727

Website: http://www.nrc-cnrc.gc.ca/eng/irap/services/youth_initiatives.html

Summer Farm Employment Program | Alberta Agriculture and Forestry:

Value: $500 per month. Program runs from July 1 to August 31.

Description:

The Summer Farm Employment Program is funded and administered by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. Employees and employers must apply together for the program, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry does not do any matching. The primary objective is to provide opportunities for full-time farm work experience for young people. Employers must be full-time farmers; employees must between 15 and 24 years of age and cannot be a direct relative of the employer. The program runs from July 1 to August 31.

Eligibility:

Employer:

  • Employers must own or rent a farming operation, located in Alberta; must produce farm commodities valued at a minimum of $25,000 annually; and must be available to supervise their employee full-time
  • Employers may only appoint another person to supervise the employee if that person will be working with the employee for at least 60% of the time. All program information will then be sent to the supervisor listed. An eligible supervisor must be at least 18 years old, cannot be a direct relative of the employee, and must be directly involved in the employer’s farming operation on a daily basis so that appropriate training and direction regarding farm tasks and safety concerns may be given
  • Employers will be limited to one employee
  • Employers may not exchange (swap) employees or “job share” on this program (employers may not assign, subcontract, or transfer their employee to another employer or organization)
  • Employers must not receive other provincial or federal funding for hiring the employee

Employee:

  • Employees must be Alberta residents; legally entitled to work in Canada; and between 16 and 24 years of age by July 1
  • Employees must not be a direct relative of the employer or related to any person directly involved in the farming operation (e.g. another employee or shareholder). “Direct relative” includes child, step-child, foster child, brother, sister and son-or-daughter-in-law. Direct relative also includes a niece, nephew or grandchild permanently residing on the employer’s farm
  • Employees must be unemployed. Existing part-time employees are eligible if total hours worked over the previous three months averaged less than 20 per week
  • Employees working for the employer full-time prior to July 1 are not eligible under the program
  • Employees must not be working full-time anywhere else or attending school while participating in this program

Deadline: Currently closed. Future deadline May

Contact: 310-FARM (3276)

Website: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv35

TOP-SECRET GRANT-WINNING SAUCE

The grant agency is looking for great businesses to “partner” (i.e. give you money) with. These grant agencies want to help you, and it’s really important that you give the grant agency a win. You want to call them, be respectful and organized, and then make your case. Here is a valuable resource to read before you call. You will likely find them to be really helpful.

What you’re trying to do here is give them (specifically the person you are talking to) a win. They will help you (not write for you) get the grant. In my experience, some won’t fully understand your work load. Some staff seem to think you have time to write applications by yourself (some of you do), but most of you don’t (sales vs. grants?). I would just do what they say, and you can get your staff or a grant writer to do the background work. I know some companies hire lobbyists to actually attend the meetings with you. That is another option for you to consider. Make sure you know the rules if you get into that game.

AGRICULTURE GRANT RESOURCES

Alberta Beef Producers: https://www.albertabeef.org/

Alberta Canola Producers Commission: https://albertacanola.com/

Alberta Cattlemen’s Penning & Sorting Association: http://altacattlepenning.com/

Alberta Chicken Producers: https://www.chicken.ab.ca/

Alberta Elk Commission: https://www.albertaelk.com/

Alberta Food Processor Association: https://www.afpa.com/

Alberta Lamb Producers: https://www.ablamb.ca/

Alberta Pork Producers: https://www.albertapork.com/

Alberta Water Portal Society: https://albertawater.com/virtualwaterflows/agriculture-in-alberta

Bison Producers of Alberta: https://www.bisoncentre.com/

Canadian Cattlemen’s Association: http://www.cattle.ca/

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