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. Applications are submitted by your local/regional OSCIA association in order to be eligible for these grants. Please contact your local association to discuss options for submitting an application. You can find their contact information here.
- 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 regions;
- Local/regional associations may 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 is required and is quickly completed by OSCIA staff;
- 100% cost-share up to $1,500 per local/regional association 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 on a first-come, first-served basis. Local/regional associations must submit a detailed application 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 and OSCIA must be included in all communication activities;
- The following statement must be included on all promotional material: “This project was funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs”;
- Project findings are to be communicated through appropriate meetings and newsletters;
- 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.