Financial Assistance

Growing Innovation – On-Farm


PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program provides financial assistance for projects carried out on Manitoba farms and ranches that:

  • accelerate the adoption of innovative new technologies and/or production practices in primary agriculture
  • assess new technology, products or practices that could help producers adapt to changing demands and improve their competitiveness and sustainability

WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants include:

  • agriculture producers
  • Manitoba and Canadian agriculture industry and commodity organizations
  • Manitoba and Canadian not-for-profit agricultural organizations, co-operatives and agribusinesses

Applicants must have an AccessManitoba client identification number. Livestock producers will be required to have a Premises Identification Number. Project proposals that have an environmental impact must have a current environmental farm plan (EFP) Statement of Completion. Contact your local Manitoba Agriculture GO Office for help with these requirements.


AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

On-farm projects may receive up to a maximum of $50,000 per project.

Eligible applicants will receive funds to evaluate on-farm technologies and practices that are either:

  • near commercial release
  • new to the market or are known in other jurisdictions but not used in Manitoba

Projects could include applied research projects or demonstrations that assess new technology for profitability, sustainability and use on Manitoba farms and ranches.

Innovations may come from recent research results, improvements to existing technology or products or practices from other sectors or jurisdictions. Collaborative projects that address a particular agricultural sector challenge or opportunity are encouraged.

Project submissions should indicate how the project can:

  • increase profitability, sustainability and adaptability of the farm;
  • accelerate adoption or commercialization of research innovations at the farm level and facilitate the early adoption of technical or adapted innovations or practices not yet adopted on farm; or
  • improve the overall growth of the agriculture, agrifood, and agriproduct sector.

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Before you submit your application, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your intended project with a Growing Forward 2 Program Officer at MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca 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 electronic application form and all important supplementary documentation to MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca. Once you hit SUBMIT on the form, if you are prompted with two options; please select the one that is applicable. Please ensure that you also save a copy to your hard drive. Please attach all required documents at this time and hit send. Please indicate your name, contact information and business/organization information that you are applying for in the body of the email. Only electronic application forms will be accepted.
  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 must wait until you receive an approval letter before you start your project.
  6. Once you have received an approval letter, sign and return the acceptance statement included with that approval, you may begin work and complete your project.
  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 on your approval letter. In-kind contributions that can be claimed by the project are detailed in Section 8 of the program's Terms and Conditions.
  9. When all information for payment is received, payment will be sent to you.
  10. 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 beyond simple visual observations?
  • Did you include a plan to produce extension materials (e.g. videos, photographs, illustrations, posters, electronic media, audio clips, fact sheets, newsletters or other presentations) of the project results?
  • Have you considered all expenses associated with the project?
  • Have you filled in all the questions on the application form?

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Terms and Conditions (PDF 117 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. 


Due to an overwhelming response, this program is fully subscribed and will not be accepting applications. If you have any questions or are interested in being contacted if further funding becomes available, please send your inquiry to the following email address mafrdgf2@gov.mb.ca.


 WHO TO CONTACT

Manitoba Agriculture GO Office or email MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

How your application project proposal is rated and ranked

Project proposals will be assessed on their ability to contribute to the three main focus areas:

  • increasing profitability, sustainability and adaptability
  • speeding up use of proven new technology
  • improving overall growth of the agriculture, agrifood and agriproduct sector

Other 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
  • ability to meet an agricultural sector need
  • a plan for production of extension materials (e.g. videos, photographs, illustrations, posters, electronic media, audio clips, fact sheets, newsletters or other presentations) to document the project results