Community Food Production

By mmuise
Description:

The Community Food Production program supports eligible activities or community-based initiatives that increase food security and local food capacity, including support for Indigenous food systems and traditional harvesting practices.


Comments on Funding:

Funding maximum for Community Gardens and community food production initiatives is $35,000/year.


Total project cost:
Stream 1: Commercial Producers, Processors, Harvesters and other Agri-Businesses (including Indigenous-owned businesses)
1. Funding will be provided for up to 75% of project costs unless otherwise specified, with a program lifetime maximum of $125,000*.
2. Major Agricultural Projects may be eligible for up to 75% funding to a maximum of $250,000, with third party analysis of a business plan.

Stream 2: New Entrants and Small Businesses
1. New Entrants and small businesses (stream 2) are eligible for a maximum of $30,000 in funding in two phases:
a) Phase 1: Up to $10,000 (cumulative) for activities including, but not limited to: initial start-up costs, business planning, training, and development of agri-environmental plans.
b) Phase 2: Upon completion of a business plan, up to $20,000 of additional funding to implement priority components identified in the business plan.
Additional funding within the Sustainable CAP program will be subject to the applicant having reported a minimum of $10,000 in farm or business income to the Canada Revenue Agency or enrollment in AgriStability.*
2. Expenses will be reimbursed to a maximum of 75% of project costs unless otherwise specified.

Deadline: March 2028
Eligibility:

Applicants for Stream 1:

    Commercial Producers, Processors, Harvesters and other Agri-Businesses (including Indigenous-owned businesses):
  • Must be a registered business in the NWT and have been in operation in the NWT for at least one year. Registration or incorporation under relevant legislation is required.
  • Must be recognized as a legal entity capable of entering into a contractual agreement and be in good standing with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
  • Must have reported at least $10,000 in farming income or business income to the Canada Revenue Agency within the previous year.
  • Projects may require submission of a business plan prior to funding approval.
  • All businesses from which goods or services are purchased must be at Arm’s Length from the applicant, meaning not immediate family member(s) of the applicant (connected by blood relationship, adoption, marriage or common law partnership), not business affiliates of the applicant, or controlled in any way by the applicant.
  • Family members from the same farm, company, corporation or partnership shall be eligible as one individual, and not as separate recipients.

    Applicants for Stream 2: New Entrants and Small Businesses:
  • Must be a registered business in the NWT. Registration or incorporation under relevant legislation is required.
  • Farm or business is in a planning or development stage (has not reported more than $10,000 in income)*.
  • All businesses from which goods or services are purchased must be at Arm’s Length from the applicant, meaning not immediate family member(s) of the applicant (connected by blood relationship, adoption, marriage or common law partnership), not business affiliates of the applicant, or controlled in any way by the applicant.
  • Family members from the same farm, company, corporation or partnership shall be eligible as one individual, and not as separate recipients.

    *Once the $30,000 Stream 2 funding threshold has been reached, applications from businesses that report less than $10,000 in annual farm or business income may still be considered. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine whether there has been extenuating circumstances why the applicant has not been able to develop their agriculture or food production operation and reach $10,000 in income.

    Eligible activities:
  • Activities that strengthen food security and local food capacity, including initiatives that grow and support local production, processing and sales.
  • Community-based garden/greenhouse design and/or construction costs (including materials, equipment and freight), garden/greenhouse supplies (including soil, seeds, fertilizer, tools), and greenhouse management costs.
  • Hiring of a greenhouse/community garden coordinator or food security coordinator.
  • Community-based or regionally-based hands-on training and educational activities, such as workshops and seminars for those interested in growing, harvesting or processing food in order to increase access to locally grown food.
  • Educational and communications efforts to increase awareness of the benefits to growing, harvesting and using local food products as a means of enhancing food security.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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Other Things to Note:

1. The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) supports projects and initiatives that:
- improve sector environmental performance, adaptation to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
- increase sector capacity and growth across the entire agri-food value chain; and,
- enhance sector resiliency, diversity, equity and inclusion, and public trust.
2. The Sustainable CAP NWT has two streams available for businesses:
- Stream 1: Commercial Producers, Processors, Harvesters and other Agri-Businesses (including Indigenous-owned businesses);
- Stream 2: New Entrants and Small Businesses.
3. Funding is available from April 2023 – March 2028.

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