We want to help you make sure your idea for a project is eligible to be assessed before you spend your valuable time preparing an application. This FAQ should help you decide if this is the case.
The Buy Local Program is designed to assist the agriculture, agrifood and seafood sectors with implementing eligible projects in British Columbia only. All applicants must have a head office, or be registered in BC.
Processed Food and Beverages (including seafood, baked goods, chocolate and confectionery, sauces, seasonings, cereal preparations, soups, condiments, snack foods, dairy products, eggs, meat products, fruit and vegetable products, natural health products, pet food, fruit juice, wine, beer, cider, spirits, bottled water, etc.)
Primary Agriculture Products (including fruits, vegetables, grains, oilseeds, floriculture, nursery, sod, honey, ginseng, animal feed, hay, cattle, hogs, poultry and other livestock, etc.)
Note: Statistics Canada defines “Other Livestock” as sheep, horses, ponies, goats, llamas, alpacas, rabbits, bison, elk, farmed deer, wild boars, mink breeding stock, fox, donkeys, mules, chinchillas, wool, and embryos, other poultry (e.g., geese, ducks, roosters, ostriches, game birds, emus, pheasants, quail and pigeons), beeswax, bee pollen, queen bees and nucleus bee colonies.
Yes, on the condition these activities meet the program’s objectives of:
In-kind contributions can be included as part of the budget, but they are not eligible for matching funding.
The scope of the Buy Local program is to support projects that increase local consumer demand and sales of BC agrifoods. The following types of projects are NOT eligible for funding under this program:
Projects where the intended target audience is non-English speaking may qualify for cost-sharing on Certified translation services for approved promotional materials. An estimate from a Certified translation service should be included with your application. The maximum cost-share for translation services is $5,000.
Note: A copy of the English and translated materials may be requested and must be available upon request.
Measures of activities such as dollar value of increased sales, volume of increased sales, number of new sales agreements signed, number of marketing materials and advertising and promotional activities completed, number of new product listings and new partnerships, new jobs, number of website visits, new economic activity, number of website visits and social media traffic, number of participants at a special event and media coverage. It’s best to develop a plan upfront and track these results for final reporting purposes. A complete list is available on the Buy Local application form.
All projects must be completed and the final report submitted within 12 months of the date of project approval.
Applicants will be required to contribute 50% in cash of the total cost of the project budget.
The minimum amount of cost-shared funding available is $5,000 and the maximum is $75,000.
No letter of intent is required. Feel free to contact the IAF to determine the eligibility of your application.
Yes, please refer to the program page.
Clients can usually anticipate a decision within 20 business days for complete applications, from the application deadline date.
In order to be eligible for cost-share, all funding acknowledgement guidelines must be adhered to. The onus is on the applicant/client to ensure they have met the guidelines and have their communication products and media reviewed and approved by the IAF prior to publishing. For more information on funding acknowledgement: Funding Recognition Requirements
The BC government will work with each successful applicant to announce their project as they are approved.
Recipients will not make a public announcement concerning the project funding without the prior consent of the BC Ministry of Agriculture. For more information: Funding Recognition Requirements
IAF encourages all potential clients for the Buy Local Program to contact the Foundation directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-356-1662.
There are a number of organizations that may offer to write your application for a fee, or for a percentage of the contribution amount. If you choose to contract with an organization that is offering this service, you should be aware that the consultant fees or commissions are not eligible for reimbursement or cost-share through this program.