Growing Forward 2 for Organizations and Collaborations
New: GF2 Results Spotlight
The GF2 Results Spotlight below shows some of the ways that organizations and collaborations have improved with GF2 funding. The featured results will be updated regularly and each spotlight will focus on new results within one GF2 area of focus.
Spotlight: Innovative technologies help Holland Marsh growers protect their crops
Collaboration between vegetable growers, a farm organization, and a grower co-operative is leading to improved plant health and more efficient vegetable production in the Holland Marsh.
The Bradford Co-op, the Fresh Vegetable Growers of Ontario, and individual vegetable growers in the Holland Marsh - an extremely fertile vegetable growing area near Bradford just north of Toronto - are collaborating on a project with the University of Guelph to test innovative technologies that will make their Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs for key crops like onions and carrots more efficient and cost effective.
"We work together with industry partners and growers to fund and collaborate on our IPM programs in the Marsh," explains Bradford Co-op General Manager Matt Sheppard. "There is tremendous value in early detection and this project is helping us identify issues in real time so we can provide the correct advice and solutions to growers."
Read the full story here. This article originally appeared in the October 2016 Agricultural Adaptation Council newsletter.
What's new with Growing Forward 2
Applications are now being accepted until April 20, 2017.
In Ontario, Growing Forward 2 (GF2) offers resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to eligible organizations and collaborations to grow their profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.
The Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) administers GF2 to organizations and collaborations across Ontario on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
How to apply for GF2 cost-share funding assistance
The Agricultural Adaptation Council
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GF2 may provide:
GF2 is intended to drive positive change. We are looking to support projects in six areas of focus that align with one or more of the program's nine priorities:
Organizations are any not-for-profit, Ontario-based, legally recognized entity involved in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based bioproducts sector capable of entering into a contract, including, but not limited to: associations; marketing boards; municipalities; economic development offices; and, indigenous groups. Organizations must have a membership comprised primarily of Ontario residents.
Federal, provincial, territorial government departments or agencies, and academic/research institutions are not eligible organizations.
Collaborations are combinations of two, or more, legally recognized for-profit businesses and/or non-profit associations/organizations, and/or academic/research institutions in the agriculture, agri-food, agri-based bioproducts sector, primarily located in Ontario.
The lead applicant, and all collaboration members, must be actively and directly engaged in the project and have a vested interest (i.e. financial investment, resources, project oversight, expertise, outcomes, etc.) in the project.
Collaboration funding is intended for projects that support the competitiveness and resiliency of the agri-food industry in the province.
It is strongly encouraged that the applicant submit a pre-proposal prior to completing an application. This will provide the AAC an opportunity to review the project and provide feedback. The AAC requires 5 to 10 business days to respond to pre-proposals. Pre-proposal forms can be found on the AAC website.
Before submitting an application form, organizations and collaborations, must register in the GF2 Client Portal, by a person who is authorized to sign the application form on behalf of the applicant and bind the applicant. Collaborations must identify a lead applicant and the lead applicant must be enrolled in the GF2 Client Portal.
GF2 is a merit-based program. Applicants need to be specific about the results they plan to achieve and demonstrate the knowledge, analysis and planning that will lead to a successful project. GF2 is intended to drive positive change; therefore, only the most impactful proposals will be funded.
Innovation is key. Projects that are deemed innovative may receive higher cost-share. See Section N: Checklist for Innovation Funding in the GF2 Program Guide for Organizations and Collaborations.
It is recommended that you take the time to read the GF2 Program Guide for Organizations and Collaborations before applying.
Applications intakes will close by:
The Agricultural Adaptation Council administers the GF2 cost-share funding assistance program for Organizations and Collaborations. Refer to their website for program details, pre-poposal and the GF2 program guide.
Strong Partnerships in Action
To accelerate the effectiveness and long term success of Growing Forward 2 in Ontario, the ministry has developed strong partnerships with innovative and experienced organizations. Learn more about our GF2 partners.