OSCIA Farmland Health Education Grant

Purpose:

The Farmland Health Education Grant is available to local and regional associations across the counties in the eligible Target Area identified in Table 1. Funding is a benefit to OSCIA membership and is to support education and/or outreach activities that will enhance knowledge of all farmers in the subject areas of soil health, water quality and/or pollinator health. The grant is available for a limited time only, and there are no plans to expand the Target Area.


Table 1: Eligible associations in the Target Area for the Farmland Health Education Grant

Regional Associations

Local Associations (counties)

Georgian Central Bruce, Dufferin, Grey
Golden Horseshoe Brant, Haldimand-Norfolk, Niagara South, Norfolk, Hamilton-Wentworth
Heartland Huron, Perth, Waterloo, Wellington
St. Clair Essex, Kent, Lambton
Thames Valley Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford

Guidelines:

  • The total budget available to support all eligible activities within the Target Area is $100,000, with a maximum of $20,000 available for any one local/regional association;
  • 100% cost-share up to a maximum of $5,000 per project is available to off-set eligible  expenditures;
  • Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis;
  • Applications can be submitted at anytime. The local/regional association must submit a detailed application for pre-approval to trigger a grant allocation record in the provincial office. This will guarantee funding availability, as long as the project and claim is completed prior to the grant deadline;
  • Completion of a project without pre-approval from the Guelph office is done at full risk to the local/regional association that funding may not be available;
  • Up to 50% of the allocated funds can be released as an advance, upon project pre-approval from the Guelph office. To be considered for a funding advancement, a letter outlining exactly how the funds will be utilized must be submitted to the Guelph office along with the application;
  • Only one project may be active at any one time. When the first approved project is complete and the final payment issued by the Guelph office, the local/regional association may apply for their next project;
  • Project funding may be secured for two-year projects; however the first year must be complete, including acceptance of the claim by the Guelph office, before funding will be approved for a second year. Please note that a two year project could be eligible for up to $10,000;
  • All applicants are encouraged to submit claims as soon as projects are completed, and all Final claims must be claimed by December 1, 2017;
  • All project costs and in-kind contributions must be tracked as part of the reporting requirements, all invoices and proof of payment must be submitted as part of the claim;
  • Local and/or regional associations may join forces to complete joint projects, in order to pool their funding for larger activities/projects;
  • Project results must be communicated via the appropriate Regional newsletter, and via the project claim form;
  • Projects must acknowledge that funding is from Growing Forward 2 by using the following funding statement on all printed materials: “This program is supported by GLASI.  Funding for GLASI is provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through Growing Forward 2.”
  • Recipients may be asked to report at an OSCIA Annual Meeting or to include a report in the provincial newsletter;

Eligible Activities:

(may include, but are not limited to)

  • Guest speakers & presentations (higher profile speakers);
  • Workshops;
  • Twilight meetings;
  • Bus tours;
  • Communication/Outreach activities;
  • Farm tours/Field days;
  • Demonstration sites (including rental of equipment);
  • Displays

Ineligible Activities:

  • Activities already funded under an OSICA Tier 1, a Tier 2 or a project receiving Growing Forward 2 funding;
  • Activities that do not support increased knowledge in soil health, water quality and/or pollinator health, and activities that focus primarily on nitrogen use or efficiencies;
  • Routine projects such as tile drainage, reforestation, land clearing, weed trials or crop variety trials;
  • Maintenance of equipment;
  • Postage;
  • Refreshments, nutrition breaks or other food items;
  • Donations to other organizations;
  • Supporting on-going or existing events (but can be used to start-up new events, or expand the scope of on-going or existing events)

Farmland Health Education Grant Application

Farmland Health Education Grant Application

Farmland Health Education Grant Claim Form

Farmland Health Education Grant Claim Form

 



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