Did you know that OSCIA will be accepting cost-share funding applications this fall? That’s right, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs made the announcements earlier this week.
Upcoming cost-share application intakes:
- Lake Erie Demonstrating Sustainability (LEADS) – November 2 at 9:00 A.M. (EDT) to November 8 at 5:00 P.M. (EST)
- Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership) – November 15 at 9:00 A.M. (EST) to December 6 at 5:00 P.M. (EST)
Don’t wait until the intake opens to get familiar with the program guide or application process. Get started today by watching this three-part video tutorial series, which is available in French and English. These videos will serve as a helpful refresher even if this isn’t your first time applying for cost-share funding.
Previous videos (part One and Two) explored www.OntarioProgramGuides.net, where viewers learned how Partnership and LEADS cost-share funding can help farm businesses make economic, environmental and protection and assurance improvements. The videos also shared helpful tips about eligibility criteria, required documentation and OSCIA-delivered workshops.
So, you’ve explored the program guide and identified an eligible project category that fits the objectives of your farm business and what documentation is necessary – now what? You’re ready to apply!
Part Three will demonstrate, step-by-step, how to complete and submit an online application. This video will walk you through creating a client account on OntarioPrograms.net, uploading required documentation and more. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqDTo9-f0Bs
Please note that online applications will not be available until the intake opens, and applications are only accepted during the intake window. Be sure to carefully review the required documentation, which is specific to each project category. To complete your cost-share funding application, here are a few project details and pieces of information that you will need to apply:
- Your Farm Business Registration Number and your Premises Identification (PID) Number
- A certificate of completion for any required workshops
- A plan/assessment that meets minimum requirements, if required
- What the project will cost (the category may require quotes)
- What benefit the project will bring to your farm
- How the project aligns with the program goals