Agricultural Climate Solutions Program: Step 1: What this program offers

Step 1. What this program offers

The goal of the Agricultural Climate Solutions Program (ACS) 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 model. 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 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 2021-22 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 environmental benefits, such as:

  • improving soil health and water quality
  • water conservation
  • increasing biodiversity
  • maximizing habitat capacity

The aim of the 2021 grant funding is to facilitate establishing a Canada-wide network of living labs. Eligible organizations in all provinces are welcome to submit their applications for 2021 grant funding to support the preparation of proposals leading to the development of living labs in their province. Please note that while the 2021 granting process is open across the country, the focus will be placed on helping organizations in provinces that currently do not host a living lab established as part of the Living Laboratories Initiative - Collaborative Program (LLI-CP, 2018-23). Currently, provinces of Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Ontario and Manitoba each host a living lab under LLI-CP.

A second call for grant proposals will be offered in 2022.

For more information on participating, visit Who is eligible and How to Apply.

What you could receive

Under the Agricultural Climate Solutions Program, funding is available in a 2 step process and will provide 2 types of funding. 

  • Step 1 consists of grant funding to support organizations in building capacity, developing networks of participants, and drafting comprehensive project proposals that will be submitted for Step 2 contribution funding and/or collaborative research and development support
    • Step 1 is optional support that can be requested by eligible recipients who wish to apply for Step 2 funding and/or support
    • Applicants may apply for an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) grant of up to $100,000
  • Step 2 consists of contribution funding and may include collaborative research and development support from AAFC, to implement approved comprehensive project proposals, following the living lab approach
    • Step 2 application process is anticipated to open in August 2021 and close in December 2021; it is expected that approved comprehensive projects will start project activities in spring 2022