Step 1. What this program offers
The application intake period for grant funding is now open. Applications for grant funding will close on June 30, 2022.
The goal of the Agricultural Climate Solutions Program (ACS) – Living Labs is to accelerate co-development, testing, adoption, dissemination and monitoring of technologies and practices, including beneficial management practices (BMPs), that sequester carbon and/or mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
Through a collaborative approach, projects will focus on the on-farm co-development, testing, adoption and monitoring of new BMPs and technologies. Projects funded under ACS will follow the living lab innovation approach. A living lab is an integrated approach to agricultural innovation that brings together farmers, scientists, and other participants to co-develop, test, and monitor new BMPs and technologies in a real-life context where they will be used: on Canadian farms. More information about the living lab model and its core principles can be found in the About the Living Laboratories Initiative.
ACS will consider projects within the following 2 priority areas:
- Carbon sequestration (for example, cover crops, intercropping, conversion of marginal land to permanent cover, shelterbelts, inclusion of pulses in rotations)
- Greenhouse gas mitigation (for example, nutrient management, feeding strategies)
Please note that during the 2022-2023 funding cycle, the emphasis will be on supporting proposals that include the advancement of carbon sequestration as an important part of their project activities.
In addition, projects should indicate if they could support the achievement of other relevant socio-economic and environmental benefits, such as:
- improving soil health and water quality
- water conservation
- increasing biodiversity
- maximizing habitat capacity
The following funding opportunities are available under the ASC – Living Labs:
- Phase 1: Grant Funding (closes on June 30, 2022) - to support organizations in building capacity, developing networks of participants, and drafting comprehensive project proposals that will be submitted for Phase 2 contribution funding and collaborative research and development support
- Phase 1 is optional support that can be requested by eligible recipients who wish to apply for Phase 2 funding and support
- Applicants may apply for an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) grant of up to $100,000
- Phase 2: Contribution Funding (anticipated to be launched in summer 2022) - to implement approved comprehensive project proposals, following the living lab approach
- Applicants may also request collaborative research and development support from AAFC
- It is expected that approved comprehensive projects will start project activities in spring 2023
What you could receive
Applicants can receive up to $100,000 under the ACS – Living Labs grant funding. Contribution funding may include collaborative research and development support from AAFC, to implement approved comprehensive project proposals.
It is anticipated that contribution funding projects will be 5 years in duration.
The number of projects and the amount of project funding will vary and will be based on, among other criteria, funding and research support availability, the quality of the proposal and opportunity to sequester carbon and mitigate GHG emissions in each region.
The grant funding application process will close on June 30, 2022.
Note: approval of grant funding is not a requirement for contribution funding and support; however, all applicants for contribution funding, including grant funding recipients, will be assessed using the same criteria.