You’ve been approved for Buy BC Cost-Shared Funding. Now what?

Congratulations on your successful application, and welcome to the Buy BC Cost-Share Funding Resource Hub.

Implement your Buy BC project like a pro, with our guides, templates and more!

Here, you will find a step by step outline of your responsibilities as a Funding Recipient and all of the information needed to successfully manage your funded project. If you still have questions after reviewing the content of this resource, please don’t hesitate to contact our Program Delivery team.

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Important Information

We strongly recommend you take a few minutes to review the information below – even if you have received funding in the past. A few minutes now could save you time and money in the future. Please pay special attention to Step 3: Funding Acknowledgement and Step 4: Reporting, as failure to comply will likely result in some or all of your project expenses NOT reimbursed.

Step 1: Reporting – Part 1, CA & EFT

Complete Project Activity Report – Part One

Your funding agreement officially begins when you complete and sign your CA, but before we can send your CA you must complete Part One of your project activity report. This two-part reporting was developed to ensure the Buy BC program is reaching the goals set by the funder, and help give the Government of BC a better understanding of where and how the Buy BC brand is being used. A link to the report was sent with your funded decision letter. Need more information? Please contact your Program Manager.

Sign the Contribution Agreement

Carefully review and return your signed Contribution Agreement (CA) to IAF. This document is your contract, and outlines the terms of the cost-shared funding that you will receive. All CAs will be emailed to you directly from DocuSign.

Set up EFT

If you haven’t already, please set up your Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). The required form can be found in the resources section below.

Step 2: Project Orientation Video

The Buy BC Cost-Shared orientation presentation is approx. seven minutes long and walks you through your project’s funding cycle as well as the administration of your cost-shared funding agreement. We encourage you to watch this video in it’s entirety as it reviews key information and changes to reporting requirements!

Step 3: Acknowledge Funding

***All materials must be approved before they’re public!***

As you proceed with your project activities, you are required to appropriately acknowledge Buy BC on all communication materials. IAF is here to support you with information on how to appropriately acknowledge Buy BC and get your communications materials approved prior to their distribution.

Many projects involve several individuals, organizations, third party contractors and other partners. Please share this information with all those involved in the delivery of your project.

All project communications, materials, and products are required to acknowledge funding; this means that proofs/copies of these materials (including social media posts) must be submitted to IAF Communications (communications(at)iafbc.ca) prior to release for review and approval. The approval is granted by the BC Government, with the process being facilitated by IAF. Therefore, we require you to submit the material at least 10 days prior to it being needed.

Please know that it is your responsibility – as the funding recipient – to ensure that all project related communication and marketing materials contain correct funding acknowledgments and are pre-approved prior to release. Failure to seek prior approval will result in the costs not being reimbursed. Retro-active approvals will not be considered.

For Buy BC Partnership Projects, IAF has drafted a template to assist you with the management of your communications approvals, please refer to the Communications Approval sheet in your Project Reporting Document for further information. Please note that this tool is not available for Buy BC E-Commerce Clients as you do not have a reporting template to administer as part of your project.

How to acknowledge funding:

The Buy BC program has a special logo which is used to acknowledge funding. There are also credit lines, disclaimer statements, and other acknowledgement requirements that are specific to media type.

The Buy BC logo must be used on all marketing, promotional and communication materials. This includes print/broadcast/online advertisements, videos, flyers, posters, brochures, rack cards, stickers, banners, sell sheets, shelf-talkers, point-of-sale materials, newsletters, shopping bags, aprons, placemats, event invitations, press releases, announcements, and related marketing, promotional and communication materials

Prior to applying to the Buy BC Cost-Shared Program you applied for and were given authorized use for the Buy BC Logo (Buy BC Licensing). As part of your Buy BC Logo license, you were sent an email with details about how to use the logo including: white space, logo placement, backgrounds, size and more.

When placing the Buy BC logo on materials you must adhere to the BC Logo Licensing User Guide. Materials submitted for approval must comply. Download the Logo User Guide in the Resources Section below.

Reminder: All materials require approval by IAF prior to printing/production/distribution.

Need the logos? Please refer to the link in the email you were sent upon approval for Buy BC Logo Licensing. There you will find a link and password to download the Buy BC logos. Can’t find that email? Contact licensing(at)iafbc.ca to request it to be resent.

Buy BC Logo

The credit line should appear on general communication materials (e.g. newsletters, event invitations, etc.), webpages, press releases and announcements related to your project with the Buy BC logo. Here are a few samples:

Where the Buy BC Partnership Program is the sole funding partner:

This project is supported by the BC Government’s Buy BC Partnership Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the Government of British Columbia.

Where there are multiple funding partners:

Funding support provided, in part, by the BC Government’s Buy BC Partnership Program; delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC with funding from the Government of British Columbia.

For radio ads:

Supported by British Columbia’s Buy BC Program.

NOTE: Exemptions to using the credit line will be made when the amount of space is limited and/or it may not be suitable. Please contact the IAF Communications Team for more details.

Disclaimers are not common in the Buy BC Cost-Shared program, but they are required if you should your project include reports and other publications, especially when they contain recommendations and opinions. Disclaimer statement:

The Government of British Columbia is committed to working with industry partners. Opinions expressed in this document are those of [the authors] and not necessarily those of the Government of British Columbia or the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.

For the Buy BC Partnership program, the BC Government requires you use #BuyBC on all posts, but not the logo. A sample of social media posts from across each platform must be submitted to demonstrate that you are using the hashtag consistently.

Social sample approval does not include video. Videos must be submitted separately.

Social Samples:

  • Are submitted once per reporting period, or once per quarter/three months.
  • These may be submitted as screenshots or as compiled documents.
  • 3-5 examples per period is sufficient.
  • The sample must be representative of the platforms you use.
  • This sample must be representative of the sample period. For example, four winter holiday posts would not be an acceptable sample for a period of October – December, because they do not reflect that timeframe accurately.
  • The sample must clearly show consistent use of #BuyBC

The Buy BC Logo should appear at the end of the video, smaller than your own logo. The logo should NOT be displayed throughout the video.

Ideally storyboards/scripts are approved  first, then again the final video before distribution. Short marketing videos do not require a script or storyboard submission.

A shortened credit line follows the advertisement:

‘Supported by British Columbia’s Buy BC Program’

or

‘Supported by the Provincial Government’s Buy BC Program’ 

The Government of BC will likely announce their investment in your project (i.e. through a media release). Until this media release is published no public announcement about your project / the funding amount is allowed. If you would like to announce your project prior to the media release the Province, in some cases, may allow client-led funding announcements. If this is something you would like to pursue please contact us with your proposed announcement and we will facilitate the approval process.

Submitting Materials

Please submit all project-related marketing / communication materials and products to IAF’s Communications Team at communications@iafbc.ca prior to printing and distribution. IAF will coordinate the necessary approvals with the BC Government.

It is important to provide materials to staff well in advance of your distribution deadline, as it can take some time to review. The approval process can take up to seven business days and sometimes longer, depending on the type of material being reviewed. We recommend you submit materials ten business days in advance.

  1. You design the comms materials – ads, reports, packages, etc. Anything that is a part of your project.
  2. You forward the materials to communications@iafbc.ca
    1. Please use this format for your subject line: BBC###_ITEMDESCTIPTION_CompanyName
  3. IAF’s communications team reviews the items and do one of three things: approve it, ask for edits, or forward it on for funder approval.
  4. From there, you will either be approved or asked to complete edits and resubmit for approval.
  5. Once approved, mark down your approval date in the report tracker, and use the item!

Have Funding Acknowledgement Questions?

Not sure what to do with a certain marketing material? Where to put the logo and credit line on your website?

We understand, it’s a lot of details. The Comms Team is here to help. Drop us a line at communications(at)iafbc.ca with your project number (BBC###) in the subject line.

Step 4: Expense Claims & Final (Part 2) Project Reporting

Send all expense claim documents to buybc(at)iafbc.ca.

Please include your project number BBC### in the subject line.

Deadlines for submitting a claim report are unique to your project and are noted in your Contribution Agreement (CA) Schedule “A”. Your project’s Financial Reporting Template (Excel Document), will be used to summarize expenditures and invoices that you wish to claim under your project.

Email completed expense claims to buybc(at)iafbc.ca. Please include:

  • Signed copy of Excel reporting template with payment information
  • Labelled copies of all paid invoices to be claimed

Failure to meet reporting deadlines as outlined in your funding contract may result in early termination of your project.

CHECKLIST
  1. Is the expense you wish to claim in your approved project budget? If not, do not include it.
  2. Do you have Funding Acknowledgement Approval from IAF for all marketing collateral, promotional materials or ads received?
  3. Are invoice numbers, dates and payment information provided for each claimed expense listed in your Financial Reporting template?
  4. Have you included copies of all invoices/receipts to be claimed? Is each invoice/receipt labelled with corresponding line number?
  5. Have a signature and date been added to your Financial Reporting Template?

Please be aware that it may take up to 4 weeks after submitting your expense claim for your report to be processed and payment to be issued through cheque (mailed) or Electronic Funds Transfer. Payment amounts exceeding $10,000 will take longer than 4 weeks to come through.

Eligible claimed expenses will be reimbursed based on your approved cost-share ratio (%). Your project’s cost-share ratio (percentage %) is outlined in Schedule “A” of your Contribution Agreement.

All invoices must be:

  • Dated within the Start and End dates of your Contribution Agreement; exceptions will be made for advanced deposits on tradeshow booths or Farmers’ Markets
  • Total amount to be claimed must exclude GST.
  • Submitted in English
  • Converted to Canadian Dollars (Please use Bank of Canada rate for invoiced date, and label invoice with conversion rate)

All invoices must have payment information to be eligible for cost-sharing. Your claim report must provide cheque number /EFT reference number/ authorization number on the Financial Reporting tab when emailed to buybc(at)iafbc.ca.

Please refer to “Schedule B” of your Contribution Agreement (CA) which outlines your approved application, eligible project activities and budget total. The total amount approved for each activity (cost) category has been copied into your project’s Financial Reporting Template to assist with your project expense claims.

A detailed list of eligible expenses by Activity Category can be found in the Program Guide linked below.

If proof of payment or backup is requested from IAF, you will need to provide one of the following:

  • Electronic image (picture), scanned copy or screenshot of cheque/authorization;
  • Statement from banking institution indicating to whom the processed cheque was written, or electronic payment made, and for what amount; or,
  • Credit or debit card receipt or statement clearly identifying amount and payment recipient. Credit or debit card numbers and other information, including costs unrelated to the project, should be blacked out

Part Two of your project Activity Report must be completed with your final expense claim submission. Please see “Schedule B” in your Contribution Agreement for due dates. A link to the final Activity Report will be emailed to you via buybc(at)iafbc.ca. Please note, IAF cannot release a final payment until this report has been completed.

Looking for a link to Activity Report (Part One), click here.

You may forfeit your cost-share funding if you do not complete the project according to the timelines given in the Contribution Agreement. If your project is behind schedule or an issue has come up that will impact your project deliverables, contact buybc(at)iafbc.ca as soon as possible.

Please note, project changes will only be considered in extenuating circumstances; please review information provided below.

Resources

Funding Acknowledgement Requirements PDF

Download the funding acknowledgment requirements specific to the Buy BC Partnership Program here.

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Logo User Guide

Download the logo user-guide for the Buy BC Partnership Program here. (PDF)

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Buy BC Logos

Need the Buy BC Logos?
A link was sent to you when you received your license.

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EFT Application

Download the Electronic File Transfer Application (PDF)

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Reporting Template

Ready to make an expense claim and looking for a copy your project’s Financial Reporting Template? Please email buybc(at)iafbc.ca with this request.

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2022-23 Buy BC Program Guide

Can’t remember all the program details or (in)eligible activities? Here are the guidelines.

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Project Changes

Have a change to your project?

The IAF team realizes that not all projects can go according to plan. Therefore, under extenuating circumstances we will allow you one opportunity (!) during the lifetime of your project, to revise your budget and/or activities from the contract agreement. Project changes need to be approved by IAF in advance. However, minor budget reallocation or changes can happen without pre-approval.

  • A key team member on the project became very ill and you cannot complete the project
  • Your property suffered a major fire
  • An event was cancelled*
  • Natural disaster

*Note: If a company has decided to include events in their project this year, they did so knowing there was a risk of cancellation involved due to COVID-19 or on-going restrictions. Only one change request will be allowed for your project.

IAF defines a project change to be a substantial change to your project’s activities and / or budget resulting from an extenuating circumstance. For example:

  • A change to your budget that requires adding a new Activity Category;
  • Movement of funds between different Activity Categories in your budget. For example: A tradeshow is cancelled, so you propose moving this budget amount to increase the approved total for social media advertising;
  • An activity was cancelled that forced you to reduce project spending and decommit the funds (confirmation must be given in writing).

A change request must be submitted to IAF by email, which details the extenuating circumstance and change to your project as noted above. Activities undertaken that have not been pre-approved are not eligible for funding.

A minor budget change or reallocation occurs within an approved Activity Category. For example: activity delay pushes timeline into the next quarter; your service provider has changed; changing to Facebook advertising vs. Instagram (but total Advertising costs do not exceed maximum approved for project) etc.

These budget reallocations are not defined as a project change and you are only required to notify IAF at the time you submit your next financial (claim) report.

You are able to claim project expenditures to the maximum budget approved for that Activity Category, provided:

  1. the expense is eligible (see Program Guide)
  2. the expense will take place within your project start/end date
  3. the appropriate communications approvals (as applicable) are received in advance of the expenditure
  4. funding caps for the program are not exceeded (see Program Guide)

Your project’s Financial Reporting Template will provide a summary of the maximum budget approved for each Activity Category. Note: IAF reserves the right not to reimburse funds that have been reallocated outside of these terms.

What to send to the IAF Team

When contacting the IAF team to discuss a project change, please detail the changes you would like to request within your approved budget document, this will allow us to better facilitate your request. More specifically, make a copy of the approved budget doc, edit the excel to reflect the changes you’d like to request, and send that to the Team with a short explanation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A funding acknowledgement is a way of recognizing that your project activities are being supported by funds provided by the federal and / or provincial government.

The three common items you will be asked to include are funder logos, credit lines and disclaimer statements. Exactly how you recognize this funding depends upon what you are communicating (the content), where you are communicating (geographical location of your audience) and how you are communicating (by what means).

Communication and marketing materials include, but are not limited to: product labels, packaging, menus, shelf danglers, sell sheets, brochures, flyers, product catalogs, print advertising (including billboards and vehicle wraps), posters, pop-up banners, recipe cards, shopping bags, aprons, placemats, static digital adverts, social media posts, press releases, newsletters (including digital and print), web pages, videos, scripts, TV advertising, Radio Advertising, media articles, advertorials, event invitations.

All of these materials, if part of your project, require an approval. Therefore you will need to follow the step-by-step guide for submitting your communications materials for approval.

All communication and marketing materials related to your project need to be approved to ensure that the Government Funders are acknowledged appropriately. They also need to be approved to ensure that funding recognition is applied in a uniform manner across project materials and across projects for the duration of the program.

Still have questions?

We are here to support you through the process. We welcome any questions you may have.

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Commonly Used Terms and Definitions

is an online platform that allows you to sign your contribution agreement electronically. No printing or scanning required!

your approved set of activities and corresponding budget, as outlined in your Contribution Agreement.
the approved events, deliverables and/or items to be completed within your approved project

the process for seeking approval of marketing / communications materials produced within the project.

the Government of BC, specifically the BC Ministry of Agriculture

a reimbursement claim, detailing expenses for your projects completed activities

the organization that is receiving funding from the program

the estimated sales increase & volumes you provided in your approved application.

your final report includes your last expense claim for your project, as well as the completed “Activity Reporting” tab in the Reporting Template.

the excel document where you will provide information on your expense claims, project activities and communications materials for approval.

Funding provided by:

CAP Logo, Province of BC Logo, Government of Canada Logo

Please note: the Government of BC may, from time to time, give instructions to IAF in relation to the delivery and administration of this program. IAF must and will comply with those instructions.

Please visit the BC Government’s Buy BC website for information on other local marketing resources and initiatives.