Loading

Growing Forward 2 - Organizations and Collaborations

1. Introduction

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a five-year commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development, adaptability and industry sustainability in Canada's agri-food and agri-based bioproducts sector. GF2 builds on the successes of Growing Forward and the Agricultural Policy Framework.

In Ontario, GF2 will help agri-food and agri-based bioproducts producers, processors, organizations and collaborations expand markets, manage shared risks and grow their profits through cost-share programs for projects in key areas.

Through GF2, the federal and provincial governments invest in other initiatives that support Ontario’s agriculture, agri-food and agri-based bioproducts sector.


2. Who Can Apply?

Organizations

Collaborations

Organizations are any not-for-profit, Ontario-based, (located in Ontario and/or, where applicable, represent members primarily located in Ontario) legally recognized entities that are involved in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based bioproducts sector and are capable of entering into a contract.

Collaborations are combinations of two, or more, legally recognized entities in the agriculture, agri-food or agri-based bioproducts sector that are primarily located in Ontario. Entities may include, but are not limited to: for-profit businesses, not-for-profit associations/organizations, and/or academic/research institutions.


3. Cost-share Funding Available
Under GF2, organizations and collaborations can apply for cost-share funding.

GF2 may provide:

  • up to 50 per cent funding of total eligible costs
  • funding requests above 50 per cent must demonstrate how the project is innovative, according to the innovation criteria in Section N, and may receive up to 75 per cent funding of total eligible costs

 

4. GF2 Focus Areas & Project Categories
Applicants will be asked to select one focus area and one project category per project.

Focus Area

Project Category

Environment and Climate Change Adaptation

  • Assessment, Audit and Planning
  • Skills Development and Training
  • Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations

Animal and Plant Health

  • Skills Development and Training
  • Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations

Assurance Systems:

  • Food Safety
  • Traceability
  • Animal Welfare
  • Skills Development and Training
  • Applied Research, Pilot Projects and Demonstrations
  • Food Safety Audits
  • Traceability Solution Implementation; Information Management and Sharing
  • Animal Welfare Best Practices

Market Development

  • Assessment, Audit and Planning
  • Accessing Markets and Development of Products or Processes

Labour Productivity Enhancement

  • Skills Development and Training
  • Pilot Projects, Demonstrations, and Technology

Business and Leadership Development

  • Assessment, Audit and Planning
  • Skills Development and Training

 

5. Getting Started

Step 1: Thoroughly read the GF2 Program Guide (see Important Information)

Step 2: Submit a pre-proposal (see pre-proposal under Application Information) prior to completing an application form (not required, but strongly encouraged)

Step 3: Applicants must enroll in the GF2 Client Portal, as an organization or a collaboration, prior to submitting an application

Step 4: Submit the applications (see application under Application Information)

Step 5: Project review. The AAC board of directors reviews all applications and makes all final funding decisions, terms, conditions, and levels of funding using the program assessment criteria.

Step 6: Agreement. In order to receive funding for an approved project, a successful applicant must enter into an agreement with the AAC and comply with its terms and conditions for the project.

Step 7: Submit regular claims and reports. (see under Templates)

GF2

Important Information

Application Information

Templates

Connect with us

Twitter E-Mail RSS