Emerging Opportunities Grant Program

By mmuise

The Emerging Opportunities Grant Program supports the Government of Alberta’s strategic objectives related to growth and development of Alberta’s value-added agriculture sector. The program supports projects that focus on innovation and result in significant company growth and sector impact. Projects can include new technologies, best new practises, significant capacity expansions and new builds.

Comments on Funding:

Maximum grant funding provided by this program is $1,000,000 per fiscal year, to a project maximum of $2,000,000.
Costs are shared at 25% for approved capital expenses and 50% for approved non-capital expenses.

Deadline: Continuous Intake

Applicants must:

  • be agriculture and bio-industrial processors;
  • be industry organizations;
  • have entities:
    a. registered and operating in Alberta:
    i. Eligible applicants not operating in Alberta at the time of application must prove they will operate in Alberta and meet the intended project outcomes by no later than March 31, 202

  • b. in good standing in accordance with applicable legislation.
  • have the eligible projects meeting the following criteria:
    a) Projects conducted by agriculture and bio-industrial processors must have a minimum total project investment of $2 million;
    b) Industry organizations do not have a minimum total project investment value;
    c) Must include one or a combination of the following activities:
    i. equipment and engineering related to new processing facilities and significant expansion projects that increase processing capacity in Alberta;
    ii. initiatives that explore market opportunities and directly address barriers to export and new market access;
    iii. activities that promote collaboration amongst companies to grow the sector;
    iv. any other activity deemed eligible by the Minister that supports an emerging opportunity in the sector.
  • Indigenous applicants may contact s-cap.emergingops@gov.ab.ca.
Application Steps:


Documentation Needed:


Other Things to Note:

1. To support continued innovation, growth and prosperity, the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) has launched its programs. This 5‐year (2023-2028), $3.5 billion investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by federal-provincial-territorial governments.
2. Sustainable CAP program to start accepting applications April 3, 2022. Watch for funding announcements beginning April 3, 2023.

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