Government Funding for Food Processing/Producing Equipment, Consultants, and Retrofits
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The Growing Forward 2 program offers government grants of up to 50% to a maximum of $350,000 towards activities that augment innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in Ontario’s agriculture/agri-food sector. Business and organizations eligible for this government funding program include food processors, producers, agricultural-based pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals, bio-products, ornamentals (flowers, shrubs), pet food makers as well as other entities that manufacture or transform agricultural commodities and products. Requests for funding must be related to environment and climate change adaptation, animal and plant health, assurance systems, market development, labour productivity enhancements or business and leadership development. Specifically, grants are awarded for:
- new technologies, hardware and software (e.g. ERP systems) purchases, implementation and employee training.
- production equipment purchases, implementation and employee training.
- plant retrofits for equipment and technology installation, to reduce energy consumption and/or attain quality assurance and safety standards,
- engineering and consulting costs related to product, market and business development, supply chain management, employee education and skill development
Expenses incurred prior to receiving funding approval are not eligible for this grant (i.e. based on past program performance do not request funding for activities occurring within 4 months of applying). Business applicants should be based or establishing operations in Ontario, be able to demonstrate potential income of at least $30,000 within three years of applying, plus cannot use awarded funding to undermine other Canadian companies. A maximum of two applications may be submitted per intake. Applicants are limited to having 3 applications underway during any given time. Next intake period is November 16th, 2015 to December 3rd, 2015.