Agricultural Grant Opportunities
There are a number of funding opportunities and grants available to producers, the following programs can be an asset if you are undertaking a new project or expanding your agricultural business. Please be advised that this website is a resource to notify you of possible agricultural grant programs, it can not be considered accurate or complete, therefore it is advised that you contact the administering organization to receive the most up-to-date information.
Call the Ag Service Board at 403-642-2255 if you have any questions or if you need assistance with your grant application.
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership
The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is a five-year, $3 billion federal-provincial-territorial investment in the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector that began in April 2018, and is the successor of the 2013-18 Growing Forward 2 partnership.
In Alberta, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector. In consultation with stakeholders, programs were developed under five themes: Environmental Sustainability and Climate Change; Products, Market Growth and Diversification; Science and Research; Risk Management; and Public Trust.
The roll-out of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership program suite in Alberta began in April 2018 and 16 programs have been launched.
Visit the program pages to learn more about what is eligible for funding and to access application forms.
You can visit the program using the following link: https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/
Please be advised that the status and scope of grant programs change frequently, please check with the program contacts by emailing them or call 1(403)-310-FARM (3276) for updates regarding each program. This website is a resource to notify you of possible agricultural grant programs, it can not be considered accurate or complete, therefore it is advised that you contact the administering organization to receive the most up-to-date information.
Each Canadian Agricultural Partnership Program has its Terms and Conditions which describe the program purpose, definitions, eligible expenses, ineligible criteria, terms, associated funding amounts and schedules, project verification, etc. These Terms and Conditions establish the program and if you are intending to apply to the program you should read these thoroughly.
Please be advised that program funding is never guaranteed, and many programs do not allow you to make purchases before application approval, therefore it is recommended that you contact the program contacts for assistance before starting a new project or incurring project expenses to ensure that your activities align with the program terms and conditions.
Frequently asked questions regarding the Canadian Agricultural Partnership programs;
These FAQs are provided for information purposes only, to receive the most up-to-date accurate and current program information please contact the program contacts.
Q: I am updating the irrigation systems on my farm from wheel-line or flood irrigation to a new pivot, which program may be relevant to this project?
Q: I am looking to develop the water supply on my farm and ranch which may include a new well, or dugout. I may also be looking to move to an off-source watering system, which program may be relevant to this project?
Q: I have quite a few old water wells on my farm, and I want to decommission them as I am concerned about aging infrastructure, which program may be relevant to this project?
Q: COVID-19 has affected my agricultural business, and I want to ensure that my staff are properly trained and understand the importance of proper handwashing, disinfection, and wearing proper Personal Protective Equipment, is there a program to help with this added expense?
Q:I am a beekeeper in Alberta, and my ability to purchase stock replacement is affected by COVID-19. Is there a program to assist with this additional cost?
Q: I am with an agricultural group that is registered under the Societies Act, we conduct applied research, We are undertaking a project to support communication efforts regarding consumer perceptions. Would there be a program that we could look at to support this endeavor?
Government of Canada
Agricultural Programs and Services
The Government of Canada has programs directed toward agricultural services, to view the programs please visit the following link:
Wondering about available grants and funding offered by the Government of Canada and Government of Alberta?
The Government of Canada has a tool which allows you to search for available grants, you can use the tool at the following link:
Ducks Unlimited Canada offers many landowner programs, these include;
The Marginal Areas Program: Farm less. Make more. The new Marginal Areas Program increases your profits while farming fewer acres. It provides a financial incentive to seed those hard-to-access/poorly producing areas to perennial forages.
The Forage Program: Helping with your purchases of Proven Seed forage varieties from Nutrien by underwriting a significant portion of your seed costs.
Alberta Hay/Graze Tender Program: As a unique opportunity for Alberta producers, DUC makes land available for haying and/or grazing with annual tenders.
Wetlands Mapping: Interactive map systems detail Canadian wetlands inventory, wildlife data and more.
Revolving Land Conservation Program: Bringing wildlife and working landscapes together in rural communities.
Wetland Restoration Programs: If wetlands have been drained or altered on your land, we can help you bring them back to life.
Please be advised that this website is a resource to notify you of possible agricultural grant programs, it can not be considered accurate or complete, therefore it is advised that you contact the administering organization to receive the most up-to-date information.