OSCIA Farmland Health Education Grant


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


  • 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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