Place to Grow Guide for Applicants

Ontario's government is helping to grow the province's agri-food and agri-products sectors by launching the Place to Grow: Agri-food Innovation Initiative - a program which will help drive innovation, reduce red tape, and address industry priorities. This new initiative, which is comprised of 'Funding for Sectors' and 'Strategic Solutions', will support agriculture and food value-chain partners in address emerging sector challenges and opportunities to create sector wide benefits.

Funding for Sectors

Programming Overview

Funding will support agriculture and food value chain partners by offering cost-share funding opportunities to address identified industry priorities and outcomes for Ontario under Economic Development, Environmental Stewardship and Protection and Assurance.

Program Guidelines

Detailed project category offerings and applicant requirements can be found by selecting the respective priority area below:

Protection & Assurance Environmental Stewardship Economic Development

Program Materials

Funding for Sectors Application Form (for all project categories under Funding for Sectors) - to be filled out by the lead entity for the project. Partner Form (for all project categories under Funding for Sectors) - to be filled out by applicants other than the lead entity.

Program Details

Further information on eligible applicants, cost-share funding, ineligible projects and timing can be found in the Terms and Conditions.

How to Apply

Eligible applicants can apply to the first intake under Funding for Sectors programming until September 27, 2019. The second application intake will be from January 6 to 27, 2020.

Completed applications, including all required documentation, should be submitted by email to agpartnership@ontario.ca. If you submit an application by email, but do not receive an acknowledgement within two business days, contact OMAFRA at: 1-877-424-1300.

Note: the form must be filled out using Adobe software, such as Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro. Other PDF reader software, including your internet browser, is not compatible with this form. If you use non-Adobe software, you may be prevented from filling out this form in its entirety, or the content that you enter may not save properly. If you do not already have Adobe software on your computer, you can download a free version here: get.adobe.com/reader.

Strategic Solutions

Programming Overview

The Strategic Solutions category will focus on bold, innovative, and collaborative projects proposed by industry partners to drive priority outcomes that have been identified under the Ontario Partnership.

An emphasis will be put on collaborative projects with partners throughout the value-chain that accelerate the creation and adoption of innovative solutions for sector challenges and arising opportunities.

Program Materials

How to Apply

This Strategic Solutions project category uses a two-stage application process (pre-proposal and invited full application). The first application intake will remain open until September 27, 2019. The second application intake will be from January 6 to 27, 2020.

Completed pre-proposals, including required documentation can be submitted by email to agpartnership@ontario.ca. If you submit a pre-proposal by email, but do not receive an acknowledgement within two business days, contact OMAFRA at: 1-877-424-1300.

Note: the form must be filled out using Adobe software, such as Adobe Reader or Adobe Pro. Other PDF reader software, including your internet browser, is not compatible with this form. If you use non-Adobe software, you may be prevented from filling out this form in its entirety, or the content that you enter may not save properly. If you do not already have Adobe software on your computer, you can download a free version here: get.adobe.com/reader.

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For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Rural Programs Branch, OMAFRA
Creation Date: 31 July 2019
Last Reviewed: 16 August 2019