Join producers from across the province in making economic, environmental and protection and assurance improvements to your farm business by participating in the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) cost-share funding opportunities.

This three-part video series, which is available in both official languages, explores the different stages of the cost-share process, from identifying the right cost-share opportunity for your farm to submitting an online application with success. In last week’s edition of Grassroots Matters, we introduced Part One of the series on navigating OntarioProgramGuides.net.

In Part Two, you’ll meet Rick DeBackere, an Ontario market garden producer and owner of DeBackere Farm Market in Union, ON. His story will guide you through six tips to completing a cost-share funding application.

Like many fruit and vegetable farms, labour accounts for a large portion of productions costs—in DeBackere’s case, it’s nearly 60 per cent. That’s where the Partnership cost-share funding can help. After exploring the Online Program Guide, DeBackere successfully applied for the Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity project category to purchase labour-saving asparagus harvesting equipment.

Tip number one is to familiarize yourself with the specific requirements and criteria for your desired project category. The Technology and Equipment to Improve Labour Productivity category, for example, required that DeBeckere submit a labour productivity plan, which demonstrated how the equipment was new and novel and would improve labour productivity for his particular operation. Throughout the video, Debackere shares his experience with the application process, from accessing the eligibility criteria and minimum requirements to providing supporting documentation and applying electronically. DeBeckere also explains how OSCIA-delivered workshops, including Growing Your Farm Profits, can prepare producers to identify cost-share funding opportunities that align with their business goals.

Watch this video to learn some important, but easy-to-follow steps for success: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sOq9QdkFwPs

Applications are only accepted during Application Intakes. Upcoming intake dates for cost-share funding opportunities under the Partnership program are announced as soon as they are confirmed. Prepare for the next opportunity by watching this tutorial and get started exploring program categories and familiarizing yourself with the application process. To get up-to-date information on upcoming intakes, join the program’s email list at https://www.ontariosoilcrop.org/mail-list-subscribe/.

Find the complete series on OSCIA’s YouTube channel or website. Have you watched the videos and still have questions? Email cap@ontariosoilcrop.org or call us at 1-800-265-9751.

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