By Greta Chiu
Greenhouses and related businesses in southern Ontario can now access a new avenue of funding to introduce technological solutions to sector challenges.
As Rita Sterne, project manager with the Greenhouse Technology Network (GTN) writes in the latest ONFloriculture post, “To be eligible for GTN funding, greenhouses and related technology businesses must face a greenhouse or related technology challenge. Growers, greenhouse industry suppliers, and related technology providers are eligible to apply for funding to address their challenge.”
Businesses must invest a minimum of 20 per cent cash for the business portion and include in-kind contributions, while GTN matches the investment per project up to a maximum of $100,000.
According to Sterne, the total amount of the GTN grant is $5M. “There is no limit to the number of projects that could be funded for a small or medium-sized business in southern Ontario,” she says.
When asked by Greenhouse Canada on how technology is defined for the purposes of this funding opportunity, she explains “We define technology broadly and this includes any tools, equipment, machines, methods, processes, or techniques across the value chain of plant production.” New genetics and biocontrol, for instance, would be considered technologies that can help to grow innovation for the greenhouse industry and could be eligible.
Applications are open and ongoing until all funding is allocated. Funded projects must be completed by Mar. 31, 2024.
More information can be found here
A network for research and technology in Southern Ontario, the GTN was first announced in Sept. 2019. Its members include the Agriculture & Environmental Technologies Innovation Centre at Niagara College, the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility at the University of Guelph, and Vineland Research and Innovation Centre.