Canadian Agricultural Partnership Alberta Government Funding for Alberta Agri Businesses and Organizations

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) is a federal-provincial-territorial suite of government funding programs. While some programs are available to businesses across Canada, others only provide support to specific provinces. These programs enhance what was previously available through the 2013-2018 Growing Forward 2 initiative.

The Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Alberta program is a provincial variant of the federal CAP program. It offers multiple streams of Alberta government funding to businesses and organizations that produce, modify, manufacture, or advocate for Alberta-made agricultural products. Through the program, agriculture and agri-food sector companies may offset a portion of costs for a wide range of competitiveness-boosting projects.

The amount of funding awarded to organizations through CAP Alberta depends on the types of projects undertaken. Consult the list of project types in this article to discover how much your project may receive.

To receive CAP Alberta government funding, businesses must be deemed an eligible applicant and submit a comprehensive application by one of the program’s deadlines. Deadlines vary by project focus; it’s important to pay close attention to these dates to ensure your application is processed on time. Upon approval, applicants may begin to incur funding-eligible expenses.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership: Alberta Government Funding

Alberta’s provincial streams of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) provide a range of supports for agricultural producers, processors, and support organizations. This includes funding for producers and processors to expand production and drive competitiveness, and funding for agricultural advocacy groups and municipalities to drive greater demand for Alberta-based agricultural products.

Each stream of funding offered through CAP Alberta provides support for specific project types. The amount that can be awarded to a business largely depends on the type of project performed.

There are 15 streams of funding offered through the program, although some programs are still in development and not taking applications at the time of this article’s posting. All nine of the funding streams announced are covered through this blog, while the other six will be added over time as more details become available.

Project Eligibility for Canadian Agricultural Partnership Alberta

At the time of this blog’s posting, there are nine types of projects that can receive Canadian Agricultural Partnership Alberta government funding. These include:

Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives

  • Amount: Up to 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $250,000 in Alberta agriculture grants per government fiscal year. Projects can last up to two government fiscal years for a maximum $500,000 in funding.
  • Project Focus: Development and/or enhancement of sustainability certification or assurance systems.
  • Eligibility: Industry-led non-profit assurance initiatives, agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, commodity groups, and incorporated non-profit organizations.
  • Timeline: Two application intakes per year. Projects can occur over two government fiscal years. Next deadlines anticipated on September 28, 2018 and November 15, 2018.

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Groups

  • Amount: Up to 20-90% of eligible expenses to a maximum $500,000 in Alberta government grants per project.
  • Project Focus: Improving the understanding of key environmental practices that, when implemented, can increase market access for agricultural producers.
  • Eligibility: Open to agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, commodity groups, incorporated not-for-profit organizations, rural municipal governments, universities and colleges, Indian Bands, and Metis Settlements.
  • Timeline: Typically two intakes per year; next deadline for applications is January 31, 2019. Application review takes approximately six to eight weeks from the deadline.

Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Producer

  • Amount: Up to 30-70% of eligible expenses to a maximum $7,000 to $100,000 in Alberta agriculture grants per project. Can apply multiple times during the program’s lifetime towards a maximum $100,000. Highly innovative projects can receive an additional $100,000 in funding to support project deliverables.
  • Project Focus: Reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability.
  • Eligibility: Agricultural producers with at least $10,000 in product sold annually. Must have a valid Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).
  • Timeline: Typically two intakes per year; next deadline for applications is November 14, 2018. Application review takes approximately six to eight weeks from the deadline.

Farm Water Supply

  • Amount: Up to 33-75% of eligible expenses to a maximum $1,000 to $6,000 in Alberta farm grants per project.
  • Project Focus: Completing projects as outlined in a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP) approved by Alberta’s Department of Agriculture and Forestry (AF).
  • Eligibility: Agricultural producers, corporations, and non-profits with an active agricultural business in Alberta that generates a minimum $10,000 of farm commodity production income annually. Must have an approved Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP).
  • Timeline: Application forms can be accessed by an Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AF) Water Specialist after LTWMPs are approved. Applicants then perform projects and maintain a record of eligible expenses. Upon project completion, application and expenses sent to AF for approval and reimbursement.

Irrigation Efficiency

  • Amount: Up to 40% of eligible expenses to a maximum $5,000 to $15,000 in Alberta farm grants per project.
  • Project Focus: Increasing water savings and reducing energy use in irrigated agriculture through purchasing more efficient irrigation equipment and systems.
  • Eligibility: Must operate as an agricultural producer in Alberta, own an irrigated agricultural operation in Alberta, have a Long-Term Irrigation Management Plan, and have not previously been approved for payment from the program for the parcel described in the application.
  • Timeline: Funding is limited in each fiscal year of the program; applications are collected and reviewed once per year. To receive payment in Fiscal Year 2018/2019, applications must be received by March 15, 2019.

Products to Markets

  • Amount: Up to 25-50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $50,000 in Alberta government funding per applicant per fiscal year.
  • Project Focus: Developing new products and/or processes, commercialization of products in new markets, and expansion into local, domestic, and international markets.
  • Eligibility: Bio-industrial processors, food processors, processor organizations, producer organizations, new entrants, and producers who are adding value past primary agricultural production or involved in international market development activities.
  • Timeline: Continuous intake of applications; funding is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until depleted.

Public Agriculture Literacy

  • Amount: Up to 50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $20,000 in Alberta government funding per fiscal year. Projects can span up to two government fiscal years for a maximum $40,000 in funding.
  • Project Focus: Building industry communication capacity to increase public and consumer awareness and understanding of agriculture and the food production system.
  • Eligibility: Agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, commodity groups, incorporated non-profits, and recognized forms of rural municipal government in Alberta.
  • Timeline: Typically two application deadlines each year. The next deadline is September 28, 2018. Applications are often reviewed within six to eight weeks of submission.

Value-Added Products to Markets

  • Amount: Up to 25-50% of eligible expenses to a maximum $500,000 in Alberta government funding per government fiscal year. Requires a minimum funding ask of $50,000 per government fiscal year.
  • Project Focus: Enabling sales growth through development of new products, adoption of state-of-the-art processes, commercialization of products in new markets, and expansion into local, domestic, and international markets.
  • Eligibility: Food and bio-industrial processors operating in Alberta. Must have the necessary capacity (including financial and other resources) to complete project activities.
  • Timeline: The program provides one to three application intake dates each year; the next deadline is scheduled for August 22, 2018. Applications are typically reviewed within four to six weeks of submission.

Youth Agriculture Education

  • Amount: Up to 60% of eligible expenses to a maximum $120,000 in Alberta agriculture funding per applicant per government fiscal year. Projects can span up to two years for a maximum $240,000 in agriculture grants.
  • Project Focus: Developing and delivering agriculture education programs that are science-based, topic-driven, or curricular-linked. These should help students use critical thinking to engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.
  • Eligibility: Agricultural groups registered under the Societies Act, commodity groups, colleges and universities, school districts, incorporated non-profits, and recognized forms of rural municipal governments in Alberta.
  • Timeline: The program typically offers two application deadlines each year. The next deadline is scheduled for September 28, 2018. Applications are often reviewed within six to eight weeks of submission.

Please Note: The timeline/availability of each CAP Alberta funding stream may change without notice. Consult the program’s website to see the most current funding opportunities.

There are expected to be 15 streams of funding offered through the CAP Alberta funding program, however, some are currently in development. Updates to this blog will occur once additional streams become available.

Apply for the Canadian Agricultural Partnership Alberta

Each program included in Alberta’s suite of Canadian Agricultural Partnership incentives maintains a unique application process. Potential applicants should consider their project stream’s specific details to learn more about what’s required in an application and when it needs to be submitted for consideration.

Most programs require a comprehensive application package that reviews the project plan and the applicant’s capacity to perform the project. This includes a review of the applicant, their financial performance, and intended project outcomes.

To explore your business’ eligibility for CAP Alberta funding and learn how to optimize the application process, please contact Mentor Works.

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Jeff Shepherd holds an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Guelph. He is passionate about Canadian business, economics, and politics. As Marketing Coordinator for Mentor Works, Jeff educates business leaders about proactive funding strategies.

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