Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives
The Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives Program will support industry associations and industry-led non-profit assurance initiatives to develop and enhance sustainability certification or assurance systems to demonstrate to the public the quality, safety and sustainability of products produced by producers and food companies.
Am I eligible for this program?
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 Friday, September 21, 2018 for projects that will begin in the fall/winter of the 2018-19 fiscal year. **Please check this website regularly for submission deadline updates**
The second application submission deadline is estimated to be Thursday, November 15th for projects that will begin in the 2019-2020 fiscal year. **Please check this website regularly for submission deadline updates**
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiatives Program
302, 7000-113th St NW
Application submissions MUST INCLUDE:
The completed Program Application Questions
A completed Appendices, which includes the Budget Template
A completed Applicant Information Form
Any other supporting documentation
If you have questions about the application process, please contact us by email at email@example.com or by phone at 310-FARM (3276).
Public Trust Program Guiding Principles:
Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industries are committed to producing products that are environmentally, economically and socially sustainable.
Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industries are committed to producing safe, nutritious food.
The diversity of Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industries is respected, as all members have a role in the sustainable production of products for Albertans, Canadians and the world.
Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industries strive to be sustainable and efficient in the face of emerging challenges.
Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industries are diversifying Alberta’s economy through innovation, leading-edge research and investment in new technologies.
Alberta’s diverse agriculture and agri-food industries offer challenging and rewarding career options.
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