CAAP funds still available in Alberta
By Brandi Cowen
A limited amount of Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP) funding is now available for projects requesting up to $20,000 from the Agriculture and Food Council of Alberta (AFC).
In order to place the remainder of uncommitted CAAP funds, AFC will be accepting project Letters of Intent until 12:00 p.m. MST on April 8. Funding available under CAAP is intended to help Alberta’s agriculture industry respond and adapt to emerging challenges.
“AFC is committed to attracting high quality projects in which to invest the remaining CAAP funds,” said AFC co-executive director, Bryanna Kumpula. “At this point, we are looking for projects that fit into a shorter time frame. We encourage any and all potential applicants who feel their project may be a good fit for CAAP funding to contact us immediately so that our project managers can assist in developing the best project application possible.”
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s five-year CAAP program (2009-14) builds on the success of the previous Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) program. AFC manages Alberta’s $21.9 million share of CAAP funding and the Council has approved 94 projects to date.
CAAP’s objective is to facilitate the agriculture, agri-food and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues, and path-find and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to help it adapt and remain competitive.
CAAP can only fund projects that meet all of the following criteria:
- projects that have projected benefits that exceed costs
- applied and adaptive (not basic) research
- projects that analyze or test solutions and strategies to address issues and opportunities
- projects that test or analyze innovative products, processes or technologies
- regional and multi-regional projects
The suggested activity end date for projects is Oct. 31, with final reports due Dec. 31.
Potential applicants are strongly recommended to contact a project manager to discuss the project prior to submitting a Letter of Intent. Potential applicants may then be invited to submit a full project application.
Click here for more information about the CAAP program and deadline dates.