Financial Assistance

Growing Innovation - Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative (ARDI)



This initiative funds industry-led innovative research and development activities in crops, livestock, environment and food.

The goal is to improve the competitive position of Manitoba's agricultural, agrifood and agriproducts sectors by accelerating the pace of innovation in market development, production and proactive risk management.


Eligible applicants include:

  • agriculture producers
  • agribusinesses including co-operatives
  • Manitoba and Canadian agricultural organizations
  • Manitoba and Canadian not-for-profit organizations

Applicants must have an AccessManitoba client identification number. Livestock producers, transporters or processors will be required to have a Premises Identification Number. If your project proposal is carried out on a farm and has an environmental impact, you must have a current environmental farm plan (EFP) Statement of Completion. Contact your local Manitoba Agriculture GO Office for help with these requirements.


Approved projects can receive up to 50% of the project cost. The maximum government contribution is based on the funds requested and the funding priority as recommended by the program advisory committee through a competitive process.

Financial assistance is available to evaluate opportunities in four focus areas:

  • crops
  • livestock
  • environment
  • food

Funds should support foresight, applied research, proof-of-concept, clinical, market intelligence, scale-up and pilot demonstration of:

  • specific innovation-related opportunities in primary and/or value-added processing
  • solutions to strategically important problems in the agrifood sector
  • mechanisms to increase private sector leadership and investment in research
  • innovative business models
  • sharing and dissemination of research knowledge
  • science-based development and/or implementation of industry assurance systems and compliance techniques including development of Benefical Management Practices (BMPs) and certification systems

Project funding applications should indicate how the project can:

  • increase profitability, sustainability and adaptability
  • improve overall growth in the agriculture, agrifood and agriproduct sectors


Manitoba Agriculture will issue a call for proposals in a specified focus area.

  1. Before you submit your application, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your intended project with a Growing Forward 2 program officer at for information and direction.
  2. Review the program Terms and Conditions (provided below) in advance of completing your application form. Download the application form provided below. Complete in full and attach all required documents.
  3. Submit your application and supporting documentation to:

    Manitoba Agriculture
    Box 1240, 810 Phillips Street
    Portage la Prairie MB R1N 3J9
    Fax: 204-239-3180
  4. Once all necessary information has been collected, all applications will be rated and ranked based on:
    • the merit of the proposed project
    • the project's potential to achieve the program objectives and goals
  5. If your application is approved, a dated approval letter will be issued to you. You will then be asked to enter into a Contribution Agreement with the Province of Manitoba.
  6. The Contribution Agreement will include a schedule detailing a payment and reporting process.
  7. It is your responsibility to get all necessary licences, permits and/or approvals before beginning your project. When you receive an approval letter, review the enclosed conditions of funding. If you have questions about the conditions, contact the Growing Forward 2 Secretariat for help.
  8. All eligible project costs must be incurred after the date listed in your approval letter. In-kind contributions that can be claimed by the project are detailed in Section 8 of the Terms and Conditions (PDF 119 KB).
  9. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is received.

Questions to ask yourself as you prepare your application

  • Is your proposed project described fully and completely?
  • Did you clearly explain the project's benefits and do they meet the program's goal and objectives?
  • Do you have a protocol for measuring the performance of your innovation?
  • Did you include a plan to produce communication materials of the project results?
  • Have you considered all expenses associated with the project?
  • Have you filled in all the questions on the application form?

Terms and Conditions (PDF 119 KB)

Note: You must receive an approval letter from the program before you start your project.

Applicants approved for funding will be asked to enter into a Contribution Agreement with the Province of Manitoba.

Applications for projects that were started before you received a project approval letter will not be accepted.

Due to an overwhelming response, this program is fully subscribed and will not be accepting applications at this time.  If you have any questions or are interested in being contacted if further funding becomes available, please send your inquiry and a brief project description to the following email address



How your application project proposal is rated and ranked

Project proposals will be assessed on their ability to meet an agricultural sector need and contribute to:

  • increasing profitability, sustainability and adaptability
  • improving overall growth of the agriculture, agrifood and agriproduct sector
  • changing market conditions and consumer demand
  • innovation in practices and processes
  • global market opportunities
  • sustaining valuable resources

Other operational considerations:

  • ability to meet the project timetable
  • contribution of cash or in-kind from project participants
  • a realistic project budget
  • a valid project protocol including measurements of performance
  • a plan for the communication of project results