AFFF funding helps both established and emerging agricultural and food processing sectors to pursue opportunities and develop solutions.

$7 million in project funding is available to BC’s agriculture and agri-food industry through the AFFF initiative. Since 2001, AFFF has contributed more than $21 million to hundreds of projects in areas like agri-tourism, environmental management, Aboriginal agriculture, food and beverage processing, agroforestry, emerging sectors and more.

Areas of Priority

While there are many sectors and projects that receive funding through this initiative, there are certain areas of priority under AFFF, including emerging sectors, food safety and quality, and food and beverage processing.

Emerging sectors are characterized by a potential to introduce new production systems, products, markets, standards, processes, management practices or technologies into the industry. Eligible projects usually address the gaps in applied scientific knowledge, technology adaptation and transfer, pre-commercialization exploration, skills, business development and collaboration with potential partners in order to seize new business opportunities.

Eligible Emerging Sectors

  • Small scale/lot agriculture
  • Natural health products
  • Aboriginal agriculture
  • Agri-tourism and direct farm marketing
  • Bio-products
  • New environmental management practices
  • Apiculture
  • Small-scale food processing
  • Women
  • Mushrooms

Funding is also available for small-to-large scale food and beverage processors. Read more

Apply for Funding

All applications should demonstrate a broad benefit to BC’s agriculture and/or agrifoods sectors. AFFF is a cost-shared program, with both financial and in-kind project contributions considered for matching funding.

Please contact us 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.