The Farmed Animal Disease Program (FAD) provides funding to the BC livestock and poultry industry to invest in planning, preparedness, prevention, and mitigation for federal or provincial regulated diseases or significant emerging farmed animal diseases.
The Farmed Animal Disease Program (FAD) is a three-year, up to $5M program funded by the Government of BC through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (AF) and delivered by IAF.
The program provides up to $250,000 for planning projects, and up to $500,000 for preparedness, prevention and mitigation projects. All projects can begin on or after June 23, 2023 and continue for up to 24 months in duration. Retroactive approval of costs incurred prior to project approval will not be considered. All projects must be completed no later than March 31, 2026. Projects may/will receive compensation for up to 100% of their eligible costs.
The program aims to improve the level of planning, preparedness, prevention and mitigation of the BC agriculture sector to prevent and minimize impacts, and increase the sector’s preparedness and resilience, for significant farmed animal diseases.
- Improve planning for farmed animal disease incidents impacting the province through the creation of new plans, updating of existing plans, providing training on the use and implementation of plans, and conducting training exercises and drills to ensure the effectiveness of plans and further revise as necessary.
- Improve response outcomes to animal disease incidents through increased availability of necessary resources and trained responders to manage responses and carryout required actions.
- Increase the prevention and mitigation for farmed animal disease incidents to reduce their potential impact on producers and the province.
To be considered eligible for this program, an applicant must be located in the Province of British Columbia, and must be:
- BC livestock and poultry industry associations or similar type organizations. Industry associations can apply on behalf of groups of individual producers.
- Legal entities from BC livestock or poultry sectors that are not represented by an industry association, when applying on behalf of groups of individual producers.
Eligible Activities / Expenses
Eligible activities and costs include the activities involved in planning, preparedness, prevention, and mitigation for federal or provincial regulated diseases or significant emerging farmed animal diseases.
Eligible activities and/or expense are in the following streams:
Funding limits are set per stream per project. Applicants can apply to multiple streams, however they will need to apply for each stream separately and can only have a single project per stream underway at once. There is no lifetime maximum funding limit per applicant.
The funding limits are as follows:
- Individual producers, processors or other businesses
- Researchers and/or universities
- Marketing Boards
- Non-farmed animal industry associations
- Aquaculture, and fish farms
- Equine producers or associations
- Beekeepers or beekeeping associations
Activities and Expenses
- In-kind expenses or costs
- Financial compensation for livestock destroyed or lost income due to government destruction orders
- GST and other taxes/credits reimbursed to applicant
- Activities that are not compliant with federal, provincial or local regulations
- Operational response costs incurred by producers
Applicants will apply through the IAF Client Portal. The application process will consist of:
IAF staff are available to answer questions regarding eligible activities, costs and/or the application process. IAF may also contact applicants for additional information or clarification to assess or strengthen their application.
Applicants can contact fad(at)iafbc.ca with any questions about the program or to receive support in developing their application.
Applicants are encouraged to include only activities they are confident will be completed on time and within budget limits.
Review and Adjudication
IAF will accept applications on a continuous basis with review and adjudication in batches. After each review date, IAF will review all applications received in the batch and evaluate against the prioritization criteria found in Prioritization Criteria. Applications that best align with the prioritization criteria will be offered funding first. Applications will be considered in batches until all available funding is committed.
Applications that are not successful will not be brought forward to the next review batch and applications will need to re-apply for future consideration. Adjudication decisions are final.
Notifications & Obligations
Funding Notifications & Contracts
If the project is approved, IAF will inform the applicant of the details of the decision and any associated terms and conditions. The applicant then enters into an agreement with IAF which outlines the obligations of each party.
Funding is application and project-specific and must be used for the approved project and related expenses. Funds are non-transferable.
Project activities requiring financial resources cannot commence until the contribution agreement has been signed by both the applicant and IAF. All project activities and expenditures must be approved prior to commencing – retroactive costs will not be considered.
Funding decisions will be issued one month after each review batch deadline. Projects may begin on or after this date. For example, projects submitted prior to the May 23, 2023 deadline may begin on or after June 23, 2023. All projects must be completed within 24 months of starting and all projects approved through the program must complete by March 31, 2026. If the project is not approved, the applicant will receive a written response from IAF.
Changes to Contracted Projects
If you are not able to complete your project or require a change, please inform the IAF Team as soon as possible using the IAF Client Portal.
This program is funded by the Government of BC, as such acknowledgement of funding is required when publicly communicating about a project and/or funding. To ensure appropriate acknowledgement, all communications and marketing materials, including public announcements or social media posts, must be pre-approved by the IAF Communications Team. Materials can be submitted via the IAF Client Portal.
Successful applicants must complete one or more activity and financial reports to receive payment from the program. This report must be filled out and submitted to IAF to be considered for funding reimbursement. It is important that reporting is submitted on time and with all required information. Please retain all invoices and receipts, you may be asked to submit some or all receipt/invoices following a review of your final report by the IAF Team. Expenses will be reimbursed based on audited receipts, and the approved project budget. All reporting will be completed via the IAF Client Portal.
All applications will be evaluated based on a set of pre-determined criteria. Depending on the Stream and focus of the project, applications will be prioritized for funding based on their alignment with the following criteria statements:
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We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food.