Agricultural Clean Technology Program - Adoption Stream: Step 3. Before you apply

Step 3. Before you apply

Review and consider the following information before you apply.

Applications won't be processed on a first come, first served basis. The program will prioritize project submissions that provide the highest estimates for GHG, fertilizer and/or methane emission reductions and that fall within the program's priority areas. The program will try to make funding decisions under the published departmental service standards.

Sources of funding

Your financial contributions must be secured before submitting an application to be considered by the program.

Applications must include proof of all sources of project funding, including your contribution and other partners’ sources of funding. These may include:

  • other federal government departmentsEndnote 1
  • provincial/territorial/municipal governmentsEndnote 1
  • industry (partners), such as:
    • industry associations and networks
    • businesses
    • academic institutions
    • Indigenous groups
  • Your direct funding, such as:
    • loans
    • cash

Program costs

Costs incurred and work undertaken prior to your application being deemed complete are ineligible under the program. Any costs incurred prior to the signing of a contribution agreement will be incurred solely at your risk without any obligation of payment by the program.

How we assess your application

Over the course of the application process, your project will be assessed against the following criteria, as applicable:

  • the proposed activities, including expected results and outcomes, support program objectives and priorities
  • information on reduction of GHG emissions, fertilizer usage, methane emissions reductions and other environmental co-benefits that can be demonstrated and measured
  • all sources of funding for the project are identified and secured
  • the proposed activities and expenditures are eligible, reasonable and required to meet the project objectives
  • you have or have access to the qualifications (such as capability/capacity including the necessary technical, financial and managerial capacities) and track record required to complete the project
  • ability to provide information on outcomes
  • other priority areas addressed

Stacking provisions

The maximum level of total government funding (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal funding) will generally not exceed 75% of eligible costs per project.


M-30 Act (Quebec organizations only)

The Province of Quebec's M-30 legislation may apply to Quebec-based applicants only. It is the Act Respecting the Ministère du Conseil exécutif (R.S.Q., c. M-30).

More information on the act is available online or by contacting the Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation at

All Quebec-based organizations will have to address this matter and demonstrate their compliance with the Act during the project assessment process, and prior to entering into a contribution agreement under the Adoption Stream.

Intellectual property

The contribution agreement will contain an intellectual property clause which will confirm that all title to the intellectual property in any materials created or developed by or for the applicant of contribution funding will vest in the applicant or in a third party, as may be negotiated by the applicant.

Official languages

When it is determined that projects under this program involve activities related to the development and transfer of knowledge and may have an impact on official language minority communities (OLMCs), or promote the use of English and French, AAFC will include appropriate linguistic commitments in agreements with the recipient and ensure that additional expenses incurred as a result of these commitments are considered eligible for contribution funding.

Activities may include, but aren't limited to:

  • Communications to official language minority communities
    • project web pages, project social media account(s), and materials (brochures, kits, handouts, newsletters, reports, etc.) produced and maintained in both official languages
    • directional and educational signs produced in both official languages
    • project-related advertisement in OLMC media (newspapers, radio, social media)
    • bilingual coordinator or other contractor hired to help deliver project-related activities in both official languages (such as master of ceremony for a project event, workshop facilitator or simultaneous translator)
    • distribution of invitations in both official languages
  • Outreach to official language minority communities
    • one or more OLMCs are included in the project target groups (such as cash partners in project budget or to be invited to project events)
    • other groups representing OLMCs are consulted to see if there is any potential for involvement on their end
    • travel to or from OLMCs (costs associated with these project activities included in project budget)

If funded, recipients may be required to publicly acknowledge AAFC's support for the project. In these cases, AAFC will request that such acknowledgments include text in both official languages.

Public announcements

Applicants consent to public announcements regarding the project. These announcements would include recipients' names, general descriptions of the work undertaken and approximations of the reduction in GHG emissions.

AGR-1 Statement of Farm-Support Payments

For tax purposes, you'll be asked if the organization is considered a farm for the AGR-1 Statement of Farm-Support Payments form.