Feature Funder: Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC

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Since we haven’t done a Feature Funder for a while, today we highlight the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (IAFBC).Established in 1996, the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization working to foster growth and innovation across British Columbia’s agriculture and agri-food industry.  Funding is offered under the following categories:

Animal Industries: Livestock, poultry, beekeeping and animal products.

Plant Industries: Fruit, vegetable, grain, oilseed, greenhouse, nursery and other crops

Processing Industries: Food and beverage processing

Environmental Issues: Environmental sustainability and wildlife damage prevention

Emerging Sectors: Emerging sectors, including small scale agriculture and processing, natural health products, Aboriginal agriculture, bioproducts, women and more

Other: People, regions, and agri-tourism

Under their Small Projects Program, up to $10,000 is available and there are no set deadlines to apply.  It’s best to apply at least 30 days before your project is due to start, however.  Funding is conditional on the following:

• The total value of your project should not exceed $30,000. Your total request for IAF funding should not exceed $10,000.

• Your project must be completed within one year.

• Funding is not intended for sub-components of larger projects.

• Projects are funded on a cost-shared basis. This means we are willing to invest in your project when your industry is also willing to invest its own money.

Also worth having a look at is the Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) which has issued an RFP for projects.  Maximum grants appear to be $25,000 +.  Upcoming deadlines are September 14th and November 23rd, 2012.  The CAAP is designed to have a broad scope and a forward looking orientation. The program is industry-led and has the flexibility to respond to large or small project proposals and is open to the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products industry, including producers and processors, their organizations, associations and cooperatives.

Also funded through the IAFBC is the Agriculture Environment Initiative Program (AEI).  The objectives of the Agriculture Environment Initiative (AEI) Program are to address emerging issues that increase in priority as industry develops appropriate responses to new public expectations for environmental sustainability and co-existence with wildlife as well as continued improvement in environmentally responsible farming practices that are essential to the economic sustainability of agriculture in the longer term.  Maximum grants appear to be $25,000 +.  Deadline: September 14th, 2012.

Please explore this funding avenue fully as they have a large mandate and appear to be well funded.  Deadline alerts will be sent out closer to the dates and we will be sure to keep an eye on this Foundation for other opportnities!

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