Application Process

Eligibility Criteria

Applications will be screened on the basis of three eligibility criteria:

  1. The project will be led by an eligible stakeholder organization with the capacity to undertake a project.
  2. The benefits of the project (products, processes, contacts, expertise, etc.) are transferrable beyond the applicant.
  3. The project has a public good or benefit.

Eligible Applicants

  1. not-for profit industry organizations representing agricultural, agri-business and agri-products stakeholders, such as producer associations, commodity groups, and farm services associations;
  2. cooperatives, mutual insurance companies, reciprocals;
  3. academic institutions; and
  4. provincial and territorial governments.

Eligible Costs

Research and Development Business Line

Typical activities eligible for support under the Research and Development business line include, but are not limited to:

  • risk assessments, including sector risk profiles and benchmarking analysis;
  • data collection and analysis; and
  • developing alternative risk management tools to enhance market returns and address on-farm liability issues.

Administrative Capacity Building

Typical activities eligible for support under the Research and Development business line include, but are not limited to:

  • salaries, benefits, labour and materials;
  • rental and lease of equipment and office space;
  • travel and accommodation;
  • communications and promotion;
  • services agreements;
  • administrative costs; and
  • legal services directly related to the project.

How to Apply

Research and Development Business Line

The following outlines the steps in the application process.

  1. Complete and submit the application form. Before you start the application process, we recommend you prepare and save your answers using a word processing program because many questions on the form are lengthy. The online application form cannot be saved electronically. You can preview the application form questions.
  2. Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email and your application ID number from ARI staff. You will then be able to provide any additional or missed information for any of the application questions through the addendum to the application form.
  3. Your application will be screened based on the eligibility criteria as previously stated. You will be notified of the results of the evaluation.
  4. Stakeholder organizations whose applications meet the screening criteria will develop a detailed project action plan with the help of ARI staff. This plan will describe the objectives, planned activities, budget and timelines, as well as a clear exit strategy for ARI assistance. It will be reviewed by technical experts whose recommendations will contribute to the approval decision of your project.
  5. Once the plan is approved, a Contribution Agreement can be signed between you and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

Administrative Capacity Building Business Line

All requests for federal funding to cost-share ACB projects have to be sponsored by a provincial or territorial government. If your project is not yet sponsored by a provincial or territorial government, please contact your respective province or territory for details on submitting proposals.

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