Agri-Food Futures Fund
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.
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.
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.
Poultry Biosecurity Program
This program was created to help the BC industry develop enhanced on-farm biosecurity programs and an emergency response program that can be immediately activated to prevent a detected outbreak from spreading.
Funding is available for projects that address the following key activity areas identified in the Poultry Industry Biosecurity/Emergency Response Strategic Plan:
- Implement enhanced biosecurity protocols
- Develop an emergency response management plan that links to the provincial FADES plan
- Develop an effective and comprehensive risk management program
Livestock Waste Tissue Initiative
The Livestock Waste Tissue Initiative supports local governments in developing emergency response plans for livestock disposal in the event of a disease outbreak or other natural disaster.
Funding is available to help communities prepare plans for the efficient and safe disposal of all livestock carcasses generated during an emergency in BC.
Whether in response to disease outbreak or a natural disaster, disposal plans need to be implemented immediately and are to integrate local, regional, provincial and federal governments.
Agriculture Area Planning Program - Temporarily Suspended
This program is currently under review. The review and the updated program status will be available by November 1st 2019.
This special funding program supports projects that enable the development of agricultural area plans within British Columbia municipalities and regional districts. Applications for funding must be submitted by a municipality or regional district or an alliance between a local/regional government and an agriculture organization.
We can fund up to 50 percent of the cash costs of an agriculture area plan project, up to a maximum of $45,000. Plan updates are also considered.
Funding may also be available to carry out agriculture viability studies, develop agriculture strategies, conduct arability studies and carry out foodshed analyses, as well as the implementation of specific activities at a community or regional level. These types of projects (what we call pre-plans and implementation projects) will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
For more information: Planning for Agriculture (BC Government)
Please contact us at funding(at)iafbc.ca to learn more about:
- Program eligibility
- Program requirements
- To start the application process