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  • findfundsblogger 2:24 pm on March 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Agriculture funding for BC growers & entrepreneurs 


    The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC has several funding streams available.

    BC Government Buy Local Program: Businesses and organizations can apply for matching funding (i.e., applicants are required to contribute 50% in cash of the total cost of the project budget) for projects that promote local foods that are grown, raised, harvested, or processed in BC. Grants from $5,000 to $30,000 available.  Deadlines: May 6, July 8, September 9, November 10, 2017.  Projects must meet the following objectives:

    • Increase use of British Columbia’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors in the domestic marketplace
    • Build consumer preference, demand and sales for BC agrifoods sold within the province

    Growing Forward 2, BC Agrifood and Seafood Export Program: Eligible projects should enable BC’s agriculture, food and seafood sectors to increase export sales and expand international market access through participation in international market development activities. A maximum of $50,000 in funding is available on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds have been fully allocated. Participants must contribute 50% in cash of the total project cost.  Deadlines: May 4, July 5, October 4, December 4, 2017.

    Growing Forward 2, Canada-BC Agri Innovation Program: Funding is available to support industry, academia, retailers and others in late stage research and pilot projects that lead to the commercialization and/or adoption of innovative products, technologies and practices.  Funding is expected to be cost-shared, with significant potential for net benefit to the industry or agri-food region of the province. Eligible projects may be funded up to 100% in cases where the potential benefit to industry is demonstrated to be substantial.  Applications being accepted on an on-going basis until March 31, 2018.

    Agriculture and Agrifood Adaptation Programs: Sometimes referred to as ‘General Funding’, IAF’s Agriculture and Agri-food Adaptation program funding is available for projects that assist the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to  pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it to adapt and remain competitive. Deadlines: April 13, July 7, 2017. Funding is available for projects that match one or more of the following strategic priorities:

    • Seize new opportunities
    • Respond to new and emerging issues
    • Pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues to help the sector adapt and remain competitive

    Other funding programs require that you first send an inquiry.  Please check out the full list of programs here.



  • findfundsblogger 10:07 am on September 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    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.

  • findfundsblogger 10:04 am on August 3, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Feature Funder: Is it you? 

    Requesting support for poverty eradication programs in Kerala, India

    Do you know of a Community Group, Youth Group, Church Group or NGO who would like to partner with this organization to help fulfill their mandate?

    There are several funding sources within this blog that can assist with such collaborations.  The Robert Carr civil society Networks Fund is one (blogged yesterday); also the Starbucks Foundation may support a youth led project in partnership with the Trust.  And hey!  The Stars in Global Health (Deadline: September 5, 2012 3:00 p.m. EDT  Initial grant $100,000, Scale -Up Grant $1 Mil.) program enables innovators in low- and lower-middle-income countries and Canada to develop their bold idea with big impact to improve global health conditions.  Sounds like a match made in Heaven!

    Some of the poverty eradication programs provided by the Trust include:

    Micro Finance – The scheme of micro-credit has been found as an effective instrument for uplifting the poor above the level of poverty by providing them self employment opportunities and making them credit worthy. We have the power to lend money for income generating activities to individuals, self-help groups and other organizations for the purpose of poverty alleviation.

    Women Empowerment: We are taking number of awareness programmes on different important topics and issues. We are organizing several study classes and workshops against HIV, awareness against abortion, suicide attempt, dowry system, torturing, importance of self hygienic, epidemic, environmental pollution and importance of women in social works.

    Skill Development Training: The District level SGSY Committee approved the Flory Trust as a Rural Employment Training Agency,  as the rural development training institute         conducting various skill development training programs (Dairy Farming, Vegetable Cultivation, Fashion Designing, Beautician course, Tailoring and Machine embroidery, Catering, Live Stock Farming, Mushroom Cultivation, Saree Designing and Embroidery, book binding, jewellery design etc.,) for more than 5000 women from rural area with the help of SGSY.

    Agriculture Nursery:  The Trust started a nursery to produce quality plant materials and seedlings at Kuzhalmannam. Trust formed 100 Flory Clubs with the participation of rural people and farmers. The members of Flory Clubs were trained and financed for the agro based self employment programs.  The Society Organized study classes on Flory culture, Medicinal plant cultivation ,Vegetable cultivation, Banana cultivation, quality flower, seeds and  marketing with co-operation of  Grama Panchayath, Commercial banks and Agricultural Dept.

    Please check out the work of the Flory & Agricultural Trust and consider partnering with them for a win-win-win project!

  • findfundsblogger 10:42 am on May 31, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Lucky Three Thursday! 

    Snoopy & Woodstock enjoying a camp-out
    (Found this image at myfreewallpapers.net)

    Hi Funds Fans!  We’ve got three great funding sources for you today.  The first one brought me back to a nostalgic frame of mind as I recalled many happy hours as a child being involved with our local 4H Club up at Francois Lake, B.C.  Our club was called Crafty Cookers & Campers and focussed on outdoor survival skills more than animal husbandry and agriculture.  (However, I do recall winning the first place ribbon in the cattle judging contest)  I also remember learning to make a hot-plate out of a 2.83 litre can and cooking an egg on it and trekking for what seemed forever through the thick B.C. forest with the twine straps on my oh-so-sophisticated camping gear biting painfully into my shoulders then the incredible white quartz covered beach we found when we finally stopped.  Most of all I remember the camraderie, the fun and the necessity of being properly prepared for outdoor adventures. If I never thanked the Lightening Family for their hours of volunteering in getting the Club up and running, I give my thanks now.  What great memories!

    If you didn’t know, 4-H is one of Canada’s longest-running youth organizations for young people between the ages of 8 and 21.  If you’re wondering what the four “H”s in 4-H stand for, it’s part of the pledge to contribute to the club, community and country using Head, Heart, Hands and Health.  They’ve been around a long time, almost 100 years. Since 1913, 4-H has given youth opportunities to learn new things through a dedicated group of volunteer leaders. 4-H youth learn the skills needed to contribute to making this a better world. Many of them go on to become leaders in their communities.  The British Columbia chapter has it’s own site here.

    4H Canada provides funding for new club starts under the FCC 4-H 4-Ever Program and also provides funding towards 4H after-school programs through the Sears in Your Community 4-H Club Grants Program.  In addition, once a club is started there are other funding opportunities to help youth reach their potential, such as the Agrium 4-H Youth Leadership Initiative which provides up to $50,000 towards the development of leadership skills that can be implemented throughout any 4-H jurisdiction in North America. Eligible project areas available for funding include youth asset building, career planning, communication skills training and organization leadership.

    Also geared towards youth development intiatives is the Kinder-Morgan Foundation which provides grants of $1,000 to $5,000 for K-12 youth to support programs in the areas of academic programs (including tutoring), arts education programs and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards.  Application deadlines are every two months and applicants must have a Kinder-Morgan operation in or near the community or proposed project.

    We’ve also just discovered the Hamber Foundation which provides grants for cultural, educational and charitable purposes within the Province of British Columbia. The Foundation prefers to support specific projects rather than contributing to general sustaining assistance or to large capital projects. The Foundation may review major grant proposals from time to time.  Application deadlines are March 15 and September 15 annually.

    There’s where we found some today, folks!  Remember, if you can’t make use of the information you probably know someone who can so share, share, share.

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    Over and out from the ‘Wack.

  • findfundsblogger 5:22 am on March 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Calling all Artists, Garden Lovers and Agricultural Innovators! 

    Since none of us were quick enough with the camera, this image came from panoramio.com

    Hello from Kamloops, Funds Fans!  We made it all the way from Ft. St. James to the Kam with only two pit stops; an incredible feat with four children in tow.  Bless their hearts for still being loving to one another when we arrived.

    Sadly, we did not see very much wildlife on the journey down; two deer as we left the Fort this morning and that was it.  Just before Williams Lake we passed by something called “The Monkey Forest” which sounded very intriguing but then we saw a badger crossing sign and our eyes were peeled for the next eight kilometers of their apparent crossing corridor.  Alas, no badger sightings either.

    Being tired and in need of some pizza, I’m just going to get to the point of this non-travel blog.  Here’s what I have for you today:

    Calling all Canadian Artists near and far!  The City of Ottawa Public Art Program invites artists to apply to develop, design, and implement a public art commission for the Barrhaven South Recreation Complex.  This request for proposals is an equal opportunity, open to all professional artists. Participants must be Canadian citizens or have permanent residence status.

    The total budget for this commission is $300,000 plus HST. The commission budget must include all costs required to design, fabricate and install the project.  Deadline: Deliver proposal by mail or hand, no later than Monday, April 30, 2012, 4:00 p.m. EST.     

    Evergreen provides grants to day-cares, schools and community groups for greening projects such as teaching gardens, food gardens and for protecting and restoring urban green spaces.  The next upcoming deadline is for the Toyota Evergreen “Learning Grounds School Ground Greening Grant”.  This fund is for schools wishing to create outdoor classrooms and food gardens to provide students with a healthy place to play, learn and develop a genuine respect for nature.  Grants range from $500 to $3,500 for publicly funded Canadian schools (K–12) and $500 to $2,000 for not-for-profit daycares.  Deadline: June 1, 2012

    The Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC (iafbc) is still accepting proposals under it’s Growing Forward program.  This funding will support projects that foster a culture of innovation and facilitate the adoption of innovative products, processes and technologies in the British Columbia agriculture, food and agri-products sector.  Project grants up to $25,000 are considered Small Projects.  Next deadlines: April 15, 2012 and  July 13, 2012.

    That’s all from here, folks.  Over and out from the Kamloopa.

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