Step 3. Before you apply
Intake period: Closed
The application intake period for the program is now closed. Information on the second intake for the 2025-2026, 2026-2027 and 2027-2028 program years will be available on the website in December 2024.
Review and consider the following information before you apply.
Sources of funding
You must clearly indicate all sources of funding for the project, including your contribution and other industry and/or partner sources of funding:
- other federal government departments, agencies and crown corporationsEndnote 1
- provincial/territorial governmentsEndnote 1
- municipal governmentEndnote 1
- Industry and/or partners such as:
- industry associations and networks
- academic institutions
How we assess your application
Your application will be carefully reviewed for eligibility, appropriateness, and impact. For you to prove that the activity cost meets each of the following 3 elements, it is important that each activity and corresponding cost is provided in a manner that is required for an appropriate assessment by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).
Your application will go through a thorough multi-step review process that includes a technical review by experts across AAFC. The decision considers several criteria, including but not limited to eligibility, potential results, value for money, and alignment with government priorities (for example, diversity and inclusiveness, sustainability).
Project proposals must be related to delivering national services and/or products in one or more of the areas of developing agri-businesses entrepreneurial capacity, including:
- addressing barriers to underrepresented groups in farming and strengthening their capacity to be leaders in the sector
- helping underrepresented groups to enhance their involvement in the agriculture and agri-food sector, including awareness of career opportunities and improving access to those opportunities
- helping to share industry experience, best practices and knowledge with underrepresented groups to manage transformation and adapt to changes in business operations
- building the capacity for underrepresented groups to succeed in agriculture expanding upon the work currently underway to develop the leadership skills of indigenous and sector marginalized and underrepresented groups
- strengthening the sector by incorporating the views of a greater diversity of industry players
- Your application will be reviewed against the following criteria:
- the application is complete and the proposed project is eligible
- the proposed activities, including expected results and outcomes, support program objectives and priorities
- all sources of funding for the proposed project to be funded under this program are identified
- If the above criteria are met, a more thorough review of your application will be done. This review will assess the following criteria:
- your organization's capacity to deliver the project, taking into consideration your resources, timelines, and previous history with AAFC programming
- the degree to which the proposed project can demonstrate a current or potential opportunity or need
- the proposed activities and expenditures are eligible, reasonable and required to meet the project objectives
- the project's linkages to building sector capacity and leadership
- the evaluation of the project's impact to stakeholders and how it benefits the sector
- the technical merits of the proposal and its potential risks
- the potential for the proposed project to achieve government priorities (for example, diversity and inclusiveness, sustainability, advancing economic growth and building public trust)
- The assessment process will determine an appropriate level of funding for approved projects. This will be based on:
- scope and duration of project
- reasonableness and fair market value of proposed eligible expenses
- importance of proposed eligible activities for greater impact to the sector
- reasonableness of the overall projected cost of eligible expenditures given the projected outcome(s)
- other sources of funding
- demonstrated due diligence in obtaining and reporting on performance results
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Quebec-based organizations will have to address this matter and demonstrate their compliance with the act during the application assessment process, and prior to entering into a contribution agreement.
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. However, AAFC may, at its sole discretion, include a provision in the Contribution Agreement requiring the applicant to grant, or ensure, a non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free license to the Crown to such material, in whole or in part, in any form or medium, for internal government administration purposes.