Blog Category: Funding

Canadian Eco-Scholar Award: Scholarship for students who care about organic agriculture

Posted by Michalina Hunter on February 18, 2021

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2021 YORKSHIRE VALLEY FARMS CANADIAN ECO-SCHOLAR AWARD Are you a full-time student at a Canadian academic institution?  Are you passionate about organics? Yorkshire Valley Farms wants to hear from you! Applications for The 2021 Yorkshire Valley Farms Canadian Eco-Scholar Award are now open. $10,000 in funding is available and will be awarded to four students.  To apply, submit a video in which you answer the question “what role do you hope to play in the organic regenerative movement?”. The Eco-Scholar Award was launched in 2004 by the Guelph Organic Conference. Under the new partnership with … Continue reading Canadian Eco-Scholar Award: Scholarship for students who care about organic agriculture

Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms in Canada

Posted by Michalina Hunter on January 06, 2021

Wage Subsidies for Farms in Canada

2021 WAGE SUBSIDY PROGRAMS FOR FARMS Are you a farm looking for a wage subsidy to hire labour? Here are several federally and regionally-funded programs to consider. Make sure to read the eligibility requirements carefully, as some subsidies are not allowed to be combined with others. Canada Summer Jobs Canada Summer Jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment and Skills Strategy, which aims to provide flexible and holistic services to support all young Canadians develop the skills and gain paid work experience to successfully transition in the labour market. The Canada Summer Jobs program objectives align with the redesigned … Continue reading Wage Subsidy Programs for Farms in Canada

Alberta Small and Medium Sized Business Relaunch Grant

Posted by Dana Penrice on December 10, 2020

  The Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant offers financial assistance to Alberta businesses, cooperatives, and non-profit organizations that were ordered to close or curtail operations, and that experienced a revenue reduction of at least 40%, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Eligible organizations can apply for 15% of their pre-COVID-19 monthly revenue, up to a maximum of $5,000 in funding. Businesses, cooperatives and non-profits can use these funds as they see fit to help offset a portion of their relaunch costs, such as implementing measures to minimize the risk of virus transmission, which could include: physical barriers purchasing … Continue reading Alberta Small and Medium Sized Business Relaunch Grant

Online Marketplaces for Farmers and Food Producers in BC

Posted by Hailey Troock on December 04, 2020

Are you an enterprising farmer or food producer looking for more ways to sell your locally-made products online, to your community and beyond? Read on! In other blog posts, we cover general ecommerce tricks, tips and tools and small farm software tools for farmers and food producers. These resources are helpful for anyone in and outside of BC! In BC, multiple online platforms, directories and marketplaces where farmers and food producers (and other businesses!) can sell their fare have popped up in the last year to address increased demands for buying local, including healthy food. This post features two of … Continue reading Online Marketplaces for Farmers and Food Producers in BC

BC FUNDING: Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant

Posted by Michalina Hunter on November 04, 2020

Small and medium-sized businesses are vital to British Columbia’s economy. The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully-funded grants to businesses to ensure they have the support they need during and beyond COVID-19. How the program works The Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program will invest up to $300 million in targeted financial support for some of the hardest hit businesses in B.C. that employ between two and 149 B.C. residents and have experienced declines in revenue since March 10, 2020. Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available. An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have … Continue reading BC FUNDING: Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant

B.C. FUNDING: Emergency On-Farm Support Fund – Deadline Nov 17

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 27, 2020

The Investment Agriculture Foundation is accepting applications for the Emergency On-Farm Support Fund. The program assists agricultural producers with some of the incremental costs for improving the health and safety of farm workers and limiting the spread of COVID-19 in agricultural operations. The program will provide up to $100,000 per recipient in non-repayable, cost-shared funding. Applications must include at least $5,000 in total eligible costs to be considered for the program. Who Can Apply? Eligible applicants are primary agricultural producers whose operations are based in British Columbia and meet the following criteria: be located in British Columbia; be one of … Continue reading B.C. FUNDING: Emergency On-Farm Support Fund – Deadline Nov 17

BC FUNDING: Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program

Posted by Michalina Hunter on October 23, 2020 3 Comments

Small Farm Business Acceleration Program

The Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program can support the growth of small and/or new farms and the implementation of farm business plans and growth strategies. The program will support cost-shared purchasing of commercial farm infrastructure and equipment needed to accelerate the revenue growth of farm businesses. Program Objective Through the Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program, small and new farm businesses can make investments necessary to achieve farm income growth goals, ensure commercial viability and strengthen financial sustainability. Application Intake The application intake for cost-share funding for commercial farm infrastructure and equipment will open December 7, 2020 and close December 15, 2020. The Ministry of Agriculture reserves the right to re-open the … Continue reading BC FUNDING: Small Farm Business Acceleration Pilot Program

COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

Posted by Michalina Hunter on April 06, 2020

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Thank you farmers for ensuring our communities have access to safe and nutritious food! We’ve pulled together this list of resources from across the internet to help you and your farm business during this time. Please reach out if you have other ideas for ways we can support you, or if you have other great resources to add to this list. Farm on! Farmers are heroes! Resources for Farmers: 1. Add your farm to the U-Map Add yourself to the U-Map so consumers can find your farm, or ensure your current listing is up to date. Consider including any pickup or delivery information … Continue reading COVID-19 Resources for Farmers

WorkBC Support for Enterprising Farmers

Posted by Hailey Troock on April 06, 2020

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Are you an enterprising farmer looking for support for your business? WorkBC Employment Services has several programs that offer businesses in BC access to grants and subsidies for wage subsidies, infrastructure projects and job creation, to name a few. Read on to find out more about these programs that you may be able to access to help grow your farm dream! Community Employer Partnership The goal of the CEP is to increase employment and work experience opportunities through partnerships, shared information, technology and innovation. The program seeks to fulfill this goal through five streams, which include Job Creation Partnerships, Labour Market Partnerships, … Continue reading WorkBC Support for Enterprising Farmers

Opportunity: It’s time for Mentors to Apply for Funding Internships and Apprenticeships

Posted by Kolby Peterson on December 14, 2019

Are you a farmer looking to hire and mentor a young, new, or aspiring farmer? Youth Employment and Skills Program  The Youth Employment and Skills Program is providing funding in 2020 for the creation of agricultural internships to youth and youth facing barriers. This is a program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and employers across the agriculture sector may apply for funding to hire Canadians, age 15 to 30. We reached out to inquire about their upcoming funding. “We plan to have a short intake starting Jan 13, 2020 at 10:00 am EST for the $864,000 and then another in … Continue reading Opportunity: It’s time for Mentors to Apply for Funding Internships and Apprenticeships