Tier One Guidelines
Tier One Grant
The Tier One Grant is available to support communication events such as: Educational Activities, Field Days, Guest Speakers, Bus Tours, In-Field Trials, or Demonstrations of New Equipment or Management Techniques.
These grants are one-year grants available to support OSCIA county/district or regional activities. You MUST be applying through your local/regional OSCIA association in order to be eligible for these grants.
- Educational activities such as field days, guest speakers at events and bus tours; or, one-year in-field trials or demonstrations designed to provide guidance on new equipment or management techniques;
- Available to an individual OSCIA county/district or region;
- Local/regional associations may if they choose, pool Tier One funding towards the same activity/project. In such a case only one application is required per project, however all participating parties must be clearly listed with contact people. To trigger payment, each participating SCIA must submit a claim form with proof of payment. This proof of payment can simply consist of an invoice from the lead SCIA to the partnering SCIAs indicating their portion has been “Paid”;
- Pre-approval required and is done very quickly by OSCIA staff in accordance with a list of activities approved by the Executive Committee and is available on OSCIA’s Grant Blog;
- 100% cost-share up to $1,500 per OSCIA county/district or region annually. One or more projects may be claimed over the year, up to the maximum grant. All project costs and in-kind contributions must be tracked as part of the reporting requirements;
- Up to $50,000 per year will be available to support all eligible activities across the province;
- Funding is available first-come, first-served. Local/regional associations must submit a detailed application (using application template available online) to trigger a grant allocation recorded in the provincial OSCIA office. This guarantees the funds will be available if the project is completed and the claim is submitted on time;
- Recognition of OMAFRA, OSCIA and other funding partners must be included in all communication activities;
- Local/regional OSCIA associations may, if they choose, pool Tier One funding towards the same activity/project;
- The same project may be repeated in subsequent years; however, applications and final reports must be completed annually;
- Project findings are to be communicated through appropriate meetings and newsletters;
- Reports using the online report template must be submitted to Guelph by January 15 of the following year, and presentations provided at the OSCIA annual meeting (at the discretion of the Executive);
- Items not eligible for Tier One funding include: postage, food, refreshments, donations to other organizations, support for existing or on-going events (such as Hall Rentals for AGM or Secretary Stipend/Fees), funds spent prior to grant being approved, equipment maintenance, routine association business or normal farm activities (e.g. tile drainage, reforestation, land clearing, crop variety trials), labour that exceeds 50% of total cost of project;
- Approved Tier One project funding cannot be rolled from one project year to the next.
One-year in-field trial guidelines:
- Eligible projects include:
- Soil conservation projects;
- New technology developments;
- New crop development;
- New crop production developments;
- Environmental protection.
- Collaboration with OMAFRA Crop Technology Specialist recommended;
- All applications must provide a detailed protocol/proposal referred to as the OSCIA Trial Layout document. The following details must be clearly described:
- Project title; objective; background; locations; site selection; treatments; assessments, type and timelines; linkages with other organizations; and responsible person(s).
- Recognition of OMAFRA, OSCIA and other funding partners must be included in all communication activities. A Communication Strategy must be submitted and include an on-site field day for at least one of the project sites;
- A communication strategy should be developed for each project, including tours, press releases and final reports at local and regional OSCIA meetings;
- Eligible items include: machinery – attachments to existing machinery and/or adaptive parts to modify existing equipment for field scale demonstrations, or lease or partial purchase of new technologies (e.g. GPS) and a documented plan on how the leased/purchased item is to be disposed of/used at the end of the project; labour – over and above normal farm practice; inputs and services – over and above normal farm practices; and compensation for loss of yield;
- Items not eligible include: the Tier One Grant cannot be used in combination with a Tier Two Grant towards the same project; routine projects such as tile drainage, reforestation, land clearing, weed trials, or crop variety trials; maintenance of equipment; extensions of existing Tier One Grant projects; postage; refreshments, nutrition breaks or food items; donations to other organizations; and these funds are not intended to support on-going or existing events (such as Hall Rentals for AGM or Secretary Stipend/Fees), but can be used as startup funds for coordination of or planning a new event, field trip, etc.