June 24th, 2015
For those working in the field of agriculture, obtaining government funding can provide a much-needed boost. While this is certainly true, how exactly one goes about securing this funding can be a confusing and sometimes frustrating experience. As such, many small businesses simply give up on the matter altogether. This leaves larger and more experienced companies relatively unopposed, and free to gobble up this funding.
If you run an agricultural business in Ontario, and have questions about securing Ontario grants, then we’re here to help. We compiled these tips just for you, to take some of the frustration out of applying for these funding programs.
So if you’ve ever asked yourself “who do I contact for Ontario grants?” look no further. These tips will point you in the right direction.
The Ontario Government
Naturally, the first place to go when inquiring about Ontario grant opportunities is straight to the source. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) website is chock-full of information regarding funding opportunities. However, navigating the labyrinth of pages on its website can be complicated. With that said, it helps to know where to look.
On the OMAFRA website you’ll find tons of information regarding available funding programs. Their business development branch also offers support to help you expand your growing food and beverage processing business.
Invest in Ontario is another provincial organization that deals with industrial development. They offer a number of funding opportunities for food and beverage processing businesses. Additional material, as well as contact information, can be found on their website.
One of the most important approaches to increase your odds of securing funding is to diversify. This means finding as many potential funding sources as you can. In other words, don’t just stop at the first interesting opportunity you come across.
The Canadian Government
Like its provincial counterpart, the federal government also offers a number of funding programs and services. Additional information can be found online.
Even if you know where to look, completing a funding application can be a daunting task, especially if it’s your first time. Fortunately, a number of third party grant writing firms can help simplify this process. Unaffiliated with the Ontario government, some of these firms specialize in writing grant proposals specifically for agricultural businesses. Due to their expertise and experience, these firms are familiar with the ins and outs of grant writing and can answer any questions you might have regarding the process.
Sometimes it might be unclear precisely which grants are suitable for your business. In this case, INAC Services can remove some of the mystery, helping you to secure funding and achieve your goal.
While trying to acquire funding for your business can be a difficult process, you need not take it on all alone. A number of resources are available to simplify the experience. Try accessing some of the resources mentioned above, one might be just what you were looking for.