Alberta Food Processor

New Grant Fund Covers 50% of Costs Per-Project up to $5 Million in Alberta

Food, Farming & Forestry Challenge Program

Funding Overview

Emissions Reduction Alberta’s new $40 Million Food, Farming, and Forestry Challenge is now accepting applications. This funding opportunity will accelerate innovation in support of long-term competitiveness and stimulate growth in the critically important agriculture, agri-foodfibre, and forestry sectors.

Eligible Applicants

  • This program is offered to a wide range of business applicants, including farmers and ranchers, innovators, technology developers, Indigenous communities, industry /industrial associations, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research and development (R&D) organizations, universities, municipalities, not-for-profit organizations, government research labs, and individuals
  • Applicants are not required to be located in Alberta, but all applicants must demonstrate a clear value proposition for the province

Eligible Activities

The program is seeking innovative solutions for GHG emissions mitigation, abatement, and sequestration across Alberta’s food, farming, and forestry industries. Examples of potential areas of interest for this program include but are not limited to:

  • Land use changes for GHG mitigation and sequestration, including innovation relating to soil carbon content, soil health, water use, etc.
  • Quantification and measurement techniques for productivity improvement, enhanced sustainability & biodiversity, and/or GHG monitoring as a critical enabler for GHG reductions
  • Advanced genetics and omics for crops and livestock
  • Solutions for improved nutrient management including novel fertilizers and improved practices
  • Novel techniques for tillage, seeding, harvesting etc.
  • Advanced cultivation techniques including vertical/containerized farming, hydroponics, and greenhouse technologies
  • Digitization and automation for enhanced production and resource management

Funding Details

ERA will fund up to $5 Million per project and up to 50% of total project costs. ERA may consider reducing this requirement for projects where strong justification is provided.


The deadline for submission of EOIs in response to this Call is Thursday, August 27, 2020 at 5:00 PM (UTC-6h).

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