Agriculture and Agri-food Adaptation programs provide funding to the industry to adapt and remain competitive.

Sometimes referred to as ‘General Funding’, IAF’s Agriculture and Agri-food Adaptation program funding is available for projects that assist the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, to respond to new and emerging issues, and to  pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it to adapt and remain competitive.

Strategic Priorities

Funding is available for projects that match one or more of the following strategic priorities:

  • Seize new opportunities
  • Respond to new and emerging issues
  • Pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues to help the sector adapt and remain competitive.


Eligible applicants must be Canadian legal entities with a head office, or be registered to do business, in British Columbia. This may include agriculture and agri-food related organizations and associations, co-operatives,  marketing boards, First Nations and aboriginal groups, for-profit businesses and individuals. Federal and provincial departments or agencies are not eligible to apply as the primary applicant.

Some Things to Consider

  • Project proposals must clearly demonstrate potential for economic viability and longer-term sustainability
  • Funding is project-based and will be provided for a limited period
  • Projects should demonstrate a broad benefit to B.C.’s agriculture and/or agrifoods sectors.
  • Funding will not be provided for activities intended to  directly influence or lobby any level of government
  • Funding will not be provided for advertisement, promotion and/or awareness activities that brand one region, commodity, and/or product over another
  • Funding will not be used as direct income support
  • Funding will not be provided for farm or agrifood business start-up, ongoing activities, normal operations of an organization or businesses, or normal commercial expansion
  • Funding can not be used for basic research


  • Projects are typically funded at a 50-50 ratio of eligible cash costs, depending on the level of anticipated benefit
  • Other project contributions must be derived from non-government sources
  • Projects that may result in significant financial benefits to the applicant may require a higher percentage of cost-sharing by the applicant

For more information

Please review our General FAQ or contact Senior Program Manager, Coreen Moroziuk at funding(at), to start the application process to learn more about program eligibility and requirements.


Applications should be submitted no less than 60 days prior to their proposed project start date.

Upcoming application deadlines are listed here as ‘General IAF Application’ Deadline.