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New Canadian Agriculture Programs Open for Applications

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The Canadian Agricultural Partnership is now accepting applications for the following programs:


Public Agriculture Literacy Grant Program

Program Overview

The Public Agriculture Literacy Program is a new program under the Public Trust Program theme funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP), which is in effect from April 2018 until March 2023. This program supports initiatives that build capacity within industry to communicate more effectively with the gen­eral public, as well as encouraging industry associations and/or groups to deliver communication initiatives to the public and consumers that increase awareness and understanding of agriculture and the food production system.

Primary Focus

The Public Trust Public Agriculture Literacy Program is intended to build public trust in agriculture by sup­porting industry capacity to communicate about agriculture and the food production system. Applicants are encouraged to design projects that:

  • Demonstrate collaboration between industry associations/groups, not-for-profits and/or other stake­holder groups;
  • Demonstrate creative and innovative approaches to communication capacity building and communi­cation strategies;
  • Demonstrate clear objectives with measurable activities and deliverables.

Eligible activities include:

  • One or more of the following activities related to public agriculture literacy is eligible for funding and may be included in an Application:
  • planning, organizing and hosting agriculture literacy awareness summits, workshops and conferences;
  • recruitment and training of agriculture industry spokesperson;
  • development of resources such as videos, website, educational materials, displays, publication and other awareness and educational resources;
  • development and implementation of strategic communication campaigns; and
  • benchmarking studies or needs assessments.

Eligible applicants include:

  • An agricultural group registered under the Societies Act, such as an applied research/forage association
  • A commodity group
  • An incorporated not-for-profit organization*, or
  • A recognized (as determined by the Minister) form of rural municipal government in Alberta, including a Municipal District (including a County and Hamlet), a Special Area, a Specialized Municipality or an Improvement District.*

*Please note that any non-agriculture industry groups require collaboration with and support from the agriculture industry.

How do I apply for this program?

There will be at least 2 submission deadlines per year for this program.

The first application submission deadline is estimated to be Friday, September 28th for projects that will begin in the fall/winter of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The second application submission deadline is estimated to be Thursday, November 15th for projects that will begin in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

All applicants should be notified of the status of their application within six to eight weeks of the application submission deadline.

Applications must be submitted electronically to cap.publictrust@gov.ab.ca or by mail to:

Public Agriculture Literacy Program
302, 7000-113th St NW
Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6

Application submissions must include:

If you have questions about the application process, please email cap.publictrust@gov.ab.ca or phone 310-FARM (3276).

Youth Agriculture Education Grant Program

Program Overview

The Youth Agriculture Education Program supports industry and educators with the development and delivery of effective programs that are science-based, topic-driven and curricular-linked. These programs help students use critical thinking to engage in meaningful and informed conversations about issues that affect public trust in agriculture.

The Youth Agriculture Education Program is a new program under the Public Trust Program theme funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) which will be in effect from April 2018 until March 2023. This program supports the development of new programs or the expansion of existing programs that educate students in the K-12 system and help build further public trust in the agriculture and agri-food industries in Alberta.

The Public Trust Youth Agriculture Education Program is intended to build public trust in agriculture by sup­porting the development and delivery of innovative, collaborative programs. Applicants are encouraged to develop projects that:

  • Focus on grades 7-12 as that is currently a gap that needs to be addressed in the ag education space
  • Take a "train-the-trainer" approach by increasing knowledge and capacity of teachers themselves
  • Demonstrate collaboration between industry associations/groups, not-for-profits and education orga­nizations like school districts, universities and colleges. 

All programs must focus on supplementing the kindergarten to grade 12 Alberta Education curriculum.

Collaborative and Innovative Approach to Ag Education

The Youth Agriculture Education Program encourages a collaborative and innovative approach between com­modity groups, other agriculture industry groups, education not-for-profits and education organizations like school districts, colleges and universities. By supporting collaboration and developing innovative projects, the Youth Agriculture Education Program will help organizations develop new or expand existing programs, gain broader reach and influence public trust in agriculture more effectively.

  • To achieve this, the Youth Agriculture Education Program will focus on:
  • Curricular-linked programs: all programs should have direct links supporting Alberta Education pro­grams of study. 
  • Topic-based programs: programs are encouraged to focus on topics linked to public trust in agriculture like water quality, soil health, animal welfare, climate change, biodiversity and biosecurity, as opposed to commodity-specific programming. 
  • Current educational practices: teachers look for supplementary programs based on both the con­tent of the program and how it is delivered. Programs are encouraged to use current techniques like inquiry-based and project-based learning that encourage critical thinking and address cross-curricular competencies. 
  • Best practices in evaluation: while evaluation reach (numbers of students/teachers reached or num­bers of resources distributed) is important, this program will encourage movement toward evaluating impact – measuring how students' and teachers' view of agriculture changes as a result of program­ming.

Am I eligible for this program?

Eligible applicants include:

  • An agricultural group registered under the Societies Act
  • A commodity group
  • A university or college*
  • A school district*
  • An incorporated not-for-profit organization*, or
  • A recognized (as determined by the Minister) form of rural municipal government in Alberta, including a Municipal District (including a County and Hamlet), a Special Area, a Specialized Municipality or an Improvement District.*

*Please note that any non-agriculture industry groups require collaboration with and support from the agriculture industry.

How do I apply for this program?

There will be at least 2 submission deadlines per year for this program. The first application submission deadline is scheduled for Friday, June 29th for projects that will begin in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The second application submission deadline is tentatively scheduled for Friday, September 28th for projects that will begin in the fall/winter of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The third application submission deadline is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 15th for projects that will begin in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. All applicants should be notified of the status of their application within six to eight weeks of the application submission deadline.

Applications must be submitted electronically to cap.publictrust@gov.ab.ca or by mail to:

CAP Public Trust – Youth Agriculture Education Program
302, 7000-113th St NW 
Edmonton, AB T6H 5T6

Application submissions must include:

If you have questions about the application process, please contact cap.publictrust@gov.ab.ca or by phone at 310-FARM (3276).

Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives Grant Program

Program Overview

The Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives Program is a new program under the Public Trust Program theme funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) which is in effect from April 2018 until March 2023. This program provides support to develop and enhance sustainability certification or assurance systems to demonstrate to the public the quality, safety and sustainability of products produced by farmers and food companies.

Primary Focus

The Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives Program is intended to build public trust in agriculture by supporting the development and delivery of innovative, collaborative programs.

  • Applicants are encouraged to design projects that:
  • Develop or enhance sustainability assurance systems
  • Increase knowledge, awareness, and participation by producers and food processors in industry sus­tainability assurance systems
  • Enhance producer and processor access to markets that require sustainably sourced product.

Eligible applicants include:

  • an industry-led non-profit assurance initiative;
  • an agricultural group registered under the Societies Act, such as an applied research/forage association;
  • a commodity group; or
  • an incorporated not-for-profit organization.
Eligible activities include:

One or more of the following activities related to the development and/or enhancement of sustainability certification or assurance systems are eligible for funding and may be included in an Application:

  • benchmarking studies including life cycle analyses, environmental foot-printing and gap analyses;
  • short-term funding for operating costs related to pilot studies, audits;
  • development of governance;
  • administrative support directly associated with the Project;
  • promotion of label and certification standard associated with the sustainability assurance initiative;
  • support for industry organizations to develop sustainability assurance programs; and
  • support communication efforts regarding consumer perceptions, verification standards, BMPs and performance metrics.

How do I apply for this program?

There will typically be 2 submission deadlines per year for this program.

The first application submission deadline is estimated to be Friday, September 28th for projects that will begin in the fall/winter of the 2018-19 fiscal year.

The second application submission deadline is estimated to be Thursday, November 15th for projects that will begin in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

All applicants should be notified of the status of their application within six to eight weeks of the application submission deadline.

Applications must be submitted electronically to cap.publictrust@gov.ab.ca or by mail to:

Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives Program
302, 7000-113th St NW
Edmonton, AB
T6H 5T6

Application submissions must include:

If you have questions about the application process, please email cap.publictrust@gov.ab.ca or phone 310-FARM (3276).

To see all the information related to the Canadian Agriculture Partnership Programs please visit cap.alberta.ca/CAP/Programs.