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This program provides funding for individual skill development and professional consulting services that enhance business management, including assessment, analysis, financial planning, risk management, marketing and leadership.
Agriculture producers who are between 18 and 39 years of age with demonstrated ownership in a business that is actively engaged in farming.
Approved applicants will receive cost-shared funding up to a maximum amount for professional consulting services and skill development. The chart below outlines this information, which is also available in the Next Generation Catalogue (PDF 56 KB). Each practice code has a guide or list to help you understand what to explore and the types of eligible expenses are available in this program.
|Activity Category||Practice Code||Cost Share Ratio
(Gov to Applicant)
Professional Consulting Services
HOW TO APPLY
E-Application Form (PDF 1.3 MB)
Terms and Conditions (PDF 203 KB)
Note: You must receive an approval letter from the program before you start your project. Applications for projects that were started before you received a project approval letter will not be accepted.
Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis until the program is fully subscribed.
2017 application dates are as follows:
March 1, 2017
June 1, 2017
October 15, 2017
Applications are assessed following the deadlines based on whether the project meets program outcomes.
WHO TO CONTACT
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
Application Approval Process
Applications are reviewed and approved by Manitoba Agriculture. Information collected in the Application, Gaining Ground Agribusiness Assessment and Financial Analysis will be evaluated during the approval process. Representatives from Manitoba Agriculture and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada may be consulted to ensure that the applicant is legally operating in Manitoba and any funding requests meet all eligibility requirements.
Once your application is approved, your assessment is completed and you have received your letter of approval from Manitoba Agriculture, there are some restrictions that apply to funding:
Skill Development Course Request Form
Applicants are encouraged to submit a request form (DOC 82 KB) for adding to the list of eligible courses for the Growing Competitiveness – Next Generation program. It is suggested that requests be made six weeks prior to the scheduled date for the course.