Funding and Support

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.

Canadian Seafood Stabilization Fund

This fund supports the fish and seafood processing sector to manage the impact of COVID-19 and to prepare for economic recovery. IAF is delivering funding to eligible businesses that are active in the fish and seafood sector. Applications are open to For-Profit Organizations and Not-For Profit Organizations.

Up to $100,000 in non-repayable (worker health ans safety) and repayable (Plant Operations, Market Responsiveness, and/or Storage Capacity) funding is available.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 13, 2020

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

Buy BC E-commerce Funding Stream

Application window currently CLOSED.

Available under the Buy BC Partnership Program, this new funding stream helps farmers and food processors adopt e-commerce tools to enhance direct-to-consumer sales.

Eligible program activities include:

  • E-commerce website development
  • Listing products with existing e-commerce platforms
  • Online payment systems for e-commerce
  • Packaging materials for product shipping and related shipping costs
  • Marketing/advertising the availability of products on an e-commerce website or platform

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

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 two streams of funding to support producers and food processors.

  • COVID-19 Business Recovery Planning provides up to $5,000 in business planning services and coaching for individuals and up to $20,000 for groups, from a qualified business consultant, to develop an immediate and long-term recovery plan.
  • Specialized Business Planning provides up to $5,000 in business planning services and coaching for individuals and up to $20,000 for groups, from a qualified business consultant to develop a plan on one or a combination of the following:
    • Business Structures
    • Production Economics
    • Business Strategy
    • Cash Flow & Financial Analysis
    • Value-Added Ventures
    • Risk Assessment & Mitigation
    • Human Resources
    • Succession/Transition Planning

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

B.C. Indigenous Agriculture Development Program

This is a two-stream funding program that offers support to Indigenous people’s in the food and agriculture sector.

Stream 1 is for Indigenous Governments, Communities and Organizations. Currently the Application Intake is Closed. Check back in April 2021 for the next program intake.

Stream 2 (COMING SOON) is for Indigenous Entrepreneurs. A two-step program, it is designed to support you to build your business management skills and knowledge through a coaching approach with access to professional business and financial planning services from a Qualified Business Consultant.

  • Step 1 – Business Plan Coaching & Development provides up to $3,000 of business development and coaching services from a Qualified Business Consultant to develop a business plan and/or enhance your existing business plan.
  • Step 2 – Specialized Business Planning & Management provides up to $5,000 of specialized business planning and coaching services from a Qualified Business Consultant to undertake financial analysis and specialized business planning and to strengthen business management knowledge and skills.

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

We are authorized providers for

AGRI-FOOD BUSINESS PLANNING
MARKET DEVELOPMENT PLANNING
MARKET RESEARCH
MARKETING & PROMOTION

Additional funding and financing opportunities are available here.

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