Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative

Important notice

Note: We are currently experiencing a high demand for funding under this initiative. Please contact the initiative’s administration at iafsi-isaaa@canada.ca prior to submitting a proposal to the initiative for funding.

What this initiative offers

The objective of the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative is to increase economic development opportunities of Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada. This initiative will support Indigenous communities and entrepreneurs who are ready to launch agriculture and food systems projects and others who want to build their capacity to participate in the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector.

Through this initiative, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) aims to contribute to the Government of Canada’s commitment to reduce barriers for underrepresented groups and focus on building Indigenous Peoples’ capacity to succeed in agriculture.

The initiative supports the development of partnerships between federal and non-federal partners, including Indigenous communities, provincial and territorial governments, and the private sector.

Types of eligible projects

Projects under the initiative must be for the benefit of Indigenous Peoples and communities in Canada, as well as the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. Examples of agriculture and food systems projects that may be eligible for funding through the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative include, but are not limited to:

Who is eligible

For more information, please consult the Indigenous Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative Guide.

Deadlines

Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2022, or until the funding has been fully committed or until otherwise announced by the Initiative. The Initiative ends on March 31, 2023.

Contact us

If you would like to know more about this initiative, discuss your project ideas, or if you are interested in receiving the proposal package, you can contact us:

We are committed to responding to general inquiries made to our phone number or email address by the end of the next business day. If inquiries are received by mail, the delay may vary depending on postage timelines.


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