Funding and Support

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Many of our clients, Farm|Food|Drink networking friends, or workshop participants ask us for information on available funding options. While we are authorized providers and have been vetted by many of these programs, we do not represent the funding organizations themselves, and we do not consider ourselves “fund chasers”. It is our job to work with programs that enable our clients to work with us to help them grow their business and market more effectively. That said, we do work on plans that consider funding as a way for our clients to implement their planning goals. While funding is available, finding the right fit can be a bit of a quagmire and we can often help make things easier. Feel free to call us to inquire for further details, or visit the funding websites directly.

Buy BC Partnership Program

This is a cost-shared funding program for sector/product specific marketing and promotional activities to increase consumer demand and sales of BC agrifood and seafood products within the Province.

Eligible program activities include:

  • Labelling products/packaging with a Buy BC logo
  • Marketing collateral and promotional tools
  • BC-focused market development activities
  • Media advertising

Eligible applications include:

  • Industry associations, boards, and councils
  • Agricultural Fairs
  • Farmers’ Markets
  • Producers
  • Processors
  • Cooperatives

For more information, and for the application documents, click here.

BC Agrifood & Seafood Market Development Program

This program, also referred to as BCASMD, enables applicants to apply for cost-shared funding opportunities for up to $50,000, of which 50% (for producers, processors, cooperatives), and 70% (for Industry Associations) is eligible for reimbursement.

Eligible activities include (as per the Ministry website):

  • Market Skills Training – which supports the ability of permanent marketing staff within an eligible organization to complete eligible market skills training courses at qualified educational institutions.
  • Marketing Information & Research – identifying, analyzing, and understanding current and emerging opportunities in BC, across Canada and international.
  • Market Development Planning – Contracting pre-qualified consultants to develop marketing plans, export plans, or branding strategies for marketing in BC, across Canada or internationally.
  • Export Market Development Activities & Export-focused Marketing Collateral and Promotional Tools – Undertaking international and inter-provincial market development activities.

For additional information and a full breakdown of eligibility and application details, click here.

B.C. Agri-Business Planning Program

This program provides up to $5,000 for eligible individual businesses and $30,000 for groups to access business planning services from a Qualified Business Consultant, like Farm|Food|Drink. The program supports specialized business planning for B.C. farmers, ranchers, food processors and agriculture cooperatives to enable more informed decisions and strengthen their businesses.

Specialized Business Planning includes:

  • Business Strategy: How can you improve or expand your business?
  • Business Structures: How can you structure your business to support your strategy and reduce your liabilities?
  • Production Economics: How can you improve your production system, consider additional enterprises, and improve your cost of production overall?
  • Financial Analysis: How can you help improve your financial stability and business profitability?
  • Value Added Ventures: How do you take your farm produce and turn it into goods for the grocery store? How do you develop new processed products?
  • Risk Assessment and Mitigation: How do you assess and handle risks to secure your business into the future?
  • Human Resources: How do you prepare a Human Resource Plan to effectively attract, retain and manage your employees?
  • Succession and Transitions: How do you pass on your farm operation to the next generation and prepare to exit your business?
  • Disaster Recovery: How do you plan for the recovery of your farm or ranch after being impacted by a wildfire, flooding disaster or animal disease outbreak?

For additional information and a full breakdown of eligibility and application details, click here.

B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development Program

This program identifies and supports the development of agriculture and agri-food opportunities within Indigenous Communities, Tribal Councils, and Economic Development Corporations. The Program is composed of two steps: (1) Agriculture Opportunities Assessment and (2) Agriculture Financial and Business Planning. Both steps provide financial support for services from Qualified Business Consultants, who are pre-approved by the B.C. Ministry of Agriculture.

Eligible Activities include:

  • Step 1: Agriculture Opportunities Assessment provides up to $5,000 to be paid to a Qualified Business Consultant to complete a feasibility assessment of agricultural development options and/or business planning functions related to agriculture. Assessments could include:
    • Reviewing the current agricultural resource base
    • Providing a suite of agricultural options with economic analysis
    • Identifying enterprises with the highest likelihood to succeed
  • Step 2: Agriculture Financial and Business Planning provides up to $10,000 to be paid to a Qualified Business Consultant(s) for financial analysis and specialized business planning. This may include:
    • Risk Assessment & Mitigation
    • Production Economics
    • Financial Analysis
    • Business Strategy
    • Business Structures
    • Value Added Ventures
    • Marketing Strategy

For additional information and a full breakdown of eligibility and application details, click here.

B.C. Land Matching Program

This program, BCLMP, provides land matching and business support services to new farmers looking for land to farm as well as landowners interested in finding someone to farm their land.

For more information, click here.

Wildfire – Farm Business Recovery Advisory Services Program

The purpose of this funding is to assist farmers and ranchers to better understand the adverse effects of wildfires on their current production and financial situation, to enable them to implement an immediate and long-term recovery plan. This program provides access to basic financial analysis, specialized business planning and coaching services. Full program support will provide up to $5,000 for service from a qualified advisor.

For more information and application details, click here.

Canada-BC Agri-Innovation

This program is designed to accelerate the pace of agrifood related innovation to enhance the sector’s competitiveness, sustainability, productivity and resiliency.

Eligible activities include:

  • Research and development
  • Pilot and demonstration
  • Commercialization and adoption

For more information and application details, click here.

Additional funding programs are available here: Agriculture & Seafood Programs

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