OSCIA is providing funding exclusively to OSCIA local and regional associations to support key communication activities and on-farm applied research. The grants presented demonstrate further value to membership.
Success of the grants is achieved when strategic outcomes are realized:
The OSCIA grants will present enhanced opportunities for local and regional associations to engage with project partners over a two year period. OSCIA grants are currently being offered for projects completed between April 1, 2023 and February 1, 2024.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) is providing funding from the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to OSCIA to help support key knowledge transfer activities and on-farm applied research. The funding is supporting Regional Communication, Tier One, and Tier Two Grants. Financial contributions have also been committed by OSCIA.
The grants presented are available exclusively to OSCIA local and regional associations and demonstrate further value to membership.
The Tier One Grants are 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 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.
OSCIA supports Tier One Grants and stipulates the purpose of the funding is to evaluate, demonstrate, and communicate new crop production technology to Ontario stakeholders. This is to be achieved from the perspectives of production, innovation, economic and environment, with the overall objective to improve the sustainability of crop production in Ontario and to extend the information and experiences to Ontario stakeholders.
It is essential that the intended purpose closely aligns with the Grant Guidelines for those projects that rely on Tier One funding. The funding may also be used to increase membership engagement in local associations. Up to $2,500 for each county/district or region will be available annually for activities between April 1, 2023 – February 1, 2024 to support eligible activities across the Province.
The previous grant structure that many of you have been familiar with has been replaced with a new structure, effective April 1, 2021. Please take the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the new grant structure, available on our website here. Should you have further questions/concerns please do not hesitate to contact either:
Kathleen Pentland – firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Graham – email@example.com
Grant applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis as of April 1 of each government fiscal year up to the maximum eligible for each local/regional association (i.e. $2,500). Allocations will be granted to pre-approved projects up to the total amount of funding available for that year. Projects that proceed without pre-approval from the Guelph office will risk forfeiting the grant. Claim forms for all Tier One grants must be completed and received in the Guelph office by the date listed for each year in the Grant Guidelines.
Tier One has been designed as 100% cost-share up to a maximum of $2,500 per county/district/region annually.
Yes, Pre-approval is required to keep track of budget and manage expectations. We wish to avoid any disappointment resulting in an association going ahead with a project only to find out the funds have already been fully allocated.
Each county/district or region can apply for up to $2,500 in cost-share per year. This can be made up of one or multiple projects.
Yes. Each Tier One must standalone and be complete by the end of the fiscal year. A project may be enhanced with additional features in the second year, or repeated if beneficial and appropriate.
Yes, local/regional associations may pool Tier One funding towards the same project/activity. If local/regional associations choose to pool resources for a project 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.
Tier One applications require that the applicants list all associated costs. These are specific costs the association expects to incur during the project time frame, in part or in whole. At claim time OSCIA will ask for all project costs to be listed on the claim form, as well as contributions that have been made from other sources (cash and in-kind). These contributions listed on the claim form provides a positive report to the Ministry on how their funds leveraged additional contributions towards approved projects from the farm community.
Ian MacDonald, an Applied Research Coordinator with OMAFRA, has created a helpful guide on how to best optimize on-farm field trials. The guide can be found here
The Regional Communication Grant will support Regional Communication Coordinators (part-time service contractors hired by the Regional Board) in OSCIA’s eleven regions to strengthen inter-association networking opportunities, key regional events, and the assistance of RCCs in the production of the OSCIA e-newsletter The Innovator.
The available funding totals $6,500 per year per region. Access and conditions to receiving the Regional Communication Grant will be coordinated through the provincial OSCIA office, through the Service Contract agreement. Funds allocated but not used within each fiscal year of the stated timeframe (April 1, 2021 – February 1, 2023) will be forfeited by that regional association.
The overarching purpose of the funding is to evaluate, demonstrate, and communicate new crop production technology to Ontario stakeholders. This is to be achieved from the perspectives of production, innovation, economic and environment, with the overall objective to improve the sustainability of crop production in Ontario and to extend the information and experiences to Ontario stakeholders.
These activities are expected to support successful and sustainable agri-food and agri-product businesses as well as goals to increase competitiveness of the sector through innovation. An objective of the funding is also to increase membership engagement in local associations.
It is recognized that additional funds are often generated at the regional level to combine with the Regional Communication Grant to support communication activities. The decision on how the additional communication dollars are invested is solely up to the Region.
All claims MUST be received in the Provincial office bi-annually.
To enable OSCIA to meet stringent reporting deadlines set by the Ministry, project claim submission dates must be adhered to.
All claims for projects approved between April 1, 2021 and February 28, 2022 must be submitted to the provincial office by March 1, 2022.
All claims for projects approved between April 1, 2022 and February 1, 2023, must be submitted to the provincial office by February 8, 2023.
The Tier Two Grants support large-scale, multiple-year projects throughout the province, encouraging innovation and collaboration. The projects span across four major focus areas: soil health, nutrient management, seed health, and “other” that responds to major current issues. There are currently no funding opportunities for new Tier Two grants.
These videos were filmed during the 2020 OSCIA annual conference and highlight the second year findings of these projects.
Making Relay Cropping Pay
Maximixing Cereal Rye Cover Crop Management
#RootsNotIron – Phase 2
AgTiv Mycorrhizal Inoculant Trial
Soil health as it related to Yield
Research Do’s and Don’ts
These videos were filmed during the 2019 OSCIA annual conference and highlight the first year results from three of our seven Tier Two projects.
Compaction Recovery with Cover Crops
Maximizing Cereal Rye Cover Crop Management for Multiple Benefits
#RootsNotIron – Phase 2
These projects were funded in part by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
The views expressed in the reports are the views of OSCIA and do not necessarily reflect those of the Province or Canada.
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