Funding for agriculture environment issues, wildlife impact mitigation and organic farming initiatives

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Deadline: April 12th, 2013

Hi Funds Fans!  There’s good news for farmers today.  The Agriculture Environment Initiative provides funding assistance for projects aimed at improving environmental sustainability in agriculture. Topics addressed may, for example, be related to soil, air or water quality, water conservation, pesticide reduction and biodiversity. Wildlife impact mitigation projects may involve innovative ways of reducing wildlife impacts in an environmentally responsible way. Generally projects will be submitted by farm associations or agriculturally oriented organizations with support from the agricultural community.  Government agencies, universities and colleges may be participants in a proposal but are not eligible to apply.The objectives 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; to provide for continued improvement in environmentally responsible farming practices that are essential to the economic sustainability of agriculture in the longer term.  A maximum of 85% of the cash cost of a project can be provided by the program.  Deadline: April 12th, 2013.

You can also check out the Organic Sector Development Program Strategic Initiative (OSDP) with the objective of facilitating the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to path-find and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it adapt and remain competitive.  Grants range from $1,000 to $100,000.  Deadline: April 12th, 2013.

Any person or organisation with an interest in the organic sector may apply. Sector participants may include primary producers, processors, handlers, members of the educational community and government and private regulators.  Projects funded under the OSDP should match the objectives indentified in the Organic Sector Strategic Plan 2009-2013.  OSDP funds will be awarded up to a 30:70 (project applicant/CAAP-OSDP) cost shared basis. Applicants are expected to provide at least 30% of the cash costs of their project. Please note that the fund cannot be used for capital costs (i.e. major equipment or asset purchases) or to fund business start-up costs.  *NOTE – all projects must be complete by Dec 12 2013.

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