Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative designed to encourage innovation, competitiveness and market development in Canada's agri-food and agri-products sector through cost share funding opportunities. As GF2 enters its third year beginning April 1, 2015, updates have been made to the program.
For Ontario producers, application for funding is made through the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA). 1-800-265-9751
New for Growing Forward 2 Producer applications:
Application intake dates for Producers in 2016/2017:
Final project completion dates for the program:
GF2 projects must be completed by December 12, 2017 with all claims (including all required paid invoices and proofs of payment) submitted by January 31, 2018.
For Ontario processors, application for funding is made through Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
New for Growing Forward 2 Processor applications:
In Ontario, GF2 offers resources, tools and cost-share funding assistance to eligible processors to grow their profits, expand markets and manage shared risks.
GF2cost-share funding assistance is available to processors who are actively processing, modifying or transforming agricultural commodities, food, beverages or agricultural-based bio-products in Ontario. The maximum cost-share funding that a single processor business can receive over the five-year time frame is $350,000.
For Organizations and Collaborations, application for funding is made through the Agriculture Adaptation Council (AAC)
NEW program guides and application forms for organizations and collaborations are available at the Agriculture Adaptation Council website
Intake deadlines are: July 23, 2015 and October 15, 2015