2020 Agricultural Enhancement Grants

The Agricultural Enhancement grants for 2020 are now closed for applications.  We appreciate the interest in this program and invite you to check back next year in early January when the 2021 grants program will be announced.

2020 Grant Criteria

The committee has chosen to focus on innovation with a preference to supporting new technologies in agriculture that demonstrate an environmental and sustainability component.

Specifically, we invited projects that have a technology focus or projects that will help develop this technology further through research in the following areas:

  • Marketing or promoting a new technology that addresses an environmental challenge to processors or producers in a specific sector of agriculture;
  • Developing and testing a new user-friendly technology where the resulting research can be shared in one or more agriculture sectors and assist the industry to comply with ever changing regulatory requirements.

Grant Guidelines

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded for up to half of a project’s cost.

Please carefully read over the 2020 Agricultural Enhancement Grants Program Guidelines, available for download here.

Deadlines

Letters of Intent (LOI) were accepted up until end of day Friday April 3, 2020. The deadline for the LOI has now passed and the 2020 program is now closed.

2019 Agricultural Enhancement Grants

The 2019 Agricultural Enhancement grants committee is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Agriculture Enhancement grants and a complete list of the successful projects can accessed at this link:  Grants-Summary-2019

The Agricultural Enhancement Grants project focus for 2019 was the revitalization of unused or under-utilized land in the ALR located within the Abbotsford area with an environmental and sustainability objective to create more usable and productive farmland.  Specifically, innovative practices to increase both the capacity and productivity in the use of the ALR land for food production.  The three successful projects that were approved for funding fit this criteria and we will be providing a video overview of each project in the next several weeks.  Thank you to all that applied.  Please check back here in January 2020 when a new round of granting will commence.


2018 Agricultural Enhancement Grants

2018 Agriculture Grant Recipients, Abbotsford Community Foundation

Agriculture Grant Recipients

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) is pleased to confirm the recipients of the 2018 Agricultural Enhancement Grants.  A total of $105,000 was granted to five local farming initiatives that met the criteria of revitalization of unused or underutilized land in the Abbotsford ALR, with the objective of creating more usable and productive farmland.

The Foundation is proud to partner with the City of Abbotsford to provide grants annually to our farming community.  We have provided more than $650,000 through our Agriculture Enhancement grants over the past five years in support of one of Abbotsford’s key economic drivers.

A presentation of the grants was held on May 28, 2018 at Tanglebank Gardens in their Brambles Bistro. Each of the recipients was given the opportunity to provide an overview of their project and the expected
outcomes.

For a list of the 2018 grant recipients, please click here.

For more information on how to support Abbotsford Community Foundation’s programs please contact Executive Director, Wendy Neufeld at wendyneufeld@abbotsfordcf.org Please follow our social media campaign on Twitter at #weareAbbotsford and on Instagram @abbyfdn


2017 Agricultural Enhancement Grants

In 2017, the Agriculture Grants committee established program criteria based on new technologies with an environmental and sustainability focus.  Three recipients were chosen and the following link provides details of the successful applicants:

Please click here for a list of the 2017 Agricultural grant recipients.

Watch this video about one of the 2017 successful applicants; Eleos Robotics as they explain this emerging technology that will eliminate the need to use herbicides or pesticides on a farm:

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The Agriculture Enhancement Grants Program is a partnership between the City of Abbotsford and Abbotsford Community Foundation.  For more information contact Wendy Neufeld at 604-309-9274 or wendyneufeld@abbotsfordcf.org.