NOW OPEN: BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative 

Agroforestry BCHi-dee-ho, Funds Fans!  It’s yet another glorious day on the funding front.  The Agroforestry Management Committee has opened another call for Letters of Interest (LOI) to the BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative (AIDI).  Deadline for LOI: no later than Tuesday October 23rd.

First, what is Agroforestry, anyway?  Projects funded under the AIDI must fall within one of these five recognized agroforestry practices:

1. Alley cropping (growing tree or shrub rows with crops in the alleyways);

2. Silvopasture (combining trees with domestic forage and grazing livestock);

3. Riparian buffers (strips planted between fields and waterways to reduce runoff and pollution). Riparian buffers may incorporate Integrated Riparian Management;

4. Windbreaks (growing trees in rows to protect crops and livestock from wind and/or snow); and,

5. Forest farming (cultivating niche products such as ginseng, mushrooms, or floral greenery in managed areas in forests).

The BC Agroforestry Industry Development Initiative (AIDI) provides cost-share funding (minimum 32% cash contribution from proponents, up to 68% cash contribution from the program) to eligible recipients to implement approved agroforestry projects addressing the AIDI’s strategic priorities.

Who can apply?  AIDI funding is open to qualified Canadian entities capable of entering into a contract to deliver a project, including but not limited to:

  • Individuals,
  • Organizations and associations,
  • Cooperatives,
  • Marketing boards,
  • Corporations,
  • Aboriginal groups,
  • Non-profit organizations including Industry Councils, and
  • For-profit companies.
  • Federal, provincial and territorial government departments or agencies, and colleges and universities are not eligible for funding.

    What activities can be funded? Most incremental, project-related activities are eligible for funding. These may include :
    Incremental cost of goods, supplies, and all related shipping or transportation costs;

  • Incremental labour costs such as salaries, benefits, and specific per diem fees;
  • Incremental costs for rental or lease of facilities, equipment or machinery; hospitality and travel costs within Treasury Board Guidelines;
  • Minor assets, such as computers, less than $10,000 per-item, if they are specifically required for the execution of a project and are approved in advance;
  • Production of materials required to complete the project including printing, translation and production of materials in the second official language, if required; and,
  • Direct incremental administrative costs.

Capital expenditures (items with a useful life greater than 1 year and valued at $10,000 or greater) are subject to additional restrictions, see the AIDI Application Guide for full details.

There it is, folks!  Go and get it.