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.
Are you based in British Columbia?
IAF delivers funding programs designed to assist the agriculture, agri-food and agri-products industry in British Columbia.
Will the proposed project outcomes primarily benefit BC’s agriculture and/or agri-food industry?
IAF receives many inquiries every week from individuals with interesting ideas that might benefit from third-party funding. Sometimes these ideas are not eligible for IAF funding. Here is a list of some of the requests that we receive that are not eligible for consideration by IAF:
Buying, starting or expanding a farm or business
Purchasing capital expenses (land, buildings, fences, equipment, tools, seed, livestock)
Basic research (experimental or theoretical work which is undertaken primarily to acquire new knowledge without a commercial or specific application in view)
Branding one region, commodity or product over another (e.g., farmed vs. wild salmon; organic vs. conventional agriculture)
Direct income support
Lobbying or influencing any level of government
The normal operations of a business or organization (i.e., creating a strategic plan; business risk-management-type activities; hiring staff; holding a conference or annual meeting)
Education and training for regular activities or on an ongoing basis (i.e., a session or course which is not intended to address a new, industry-wide issue)
Projects or proposals that are considered long-standing practices in the Province of British Columbia (i.e., implementing an approved Best Management Practice)
Development and enforcement of regulations
Activities related to medical marijuana
Is your project idea intended to be for a time-limited activity?
All projects submitted to IAF for funding must be for time-limited activities that will be completed within a specified period, usually not longer than 3 years. IAF is unable to fund ongoing programs.
Are you willing and able to share in the cost of undertaking the project OR have you secured cash contributions from industry partners or other non-government sources?
All IAF funding programs are cost-shared. Depending on the program and the level of broad benefit anticipated, you may be required to contribute up to 50% of the cash costs of your project.
How much can I apply for?
IAF does not have prescribed funding limits in terms of dollar value, rather the scope and the level of cost sharing for the project will be used to determine the funding that IAF provides. However, the more innovative and beneficial the project, the higher the funding ratio might be.
Where can I go for more information?
IAF encourages all potential clients to contact one of our Program Managers before applying. You can reach us by email at funding(at)iafbc.ca or by telephone at 250.356.1662.