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Record-setting economic growth in Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food sector has ignited demand for workers across the province. To support producers and processors, Alberta, in partnership with the federal government, is providing $2.5 million to Agriculture for Life to help companies recruit, hire, and retain workers in the agriculture and agri-food industry. The funding will provide eligible companies with grants to increase public awareness of agricultural career opportunities, as well as human resources training to support worker retention.

To learn more, choose a Grant Stream below or visit Agriculture for Life (Ag for Life).


Grant Stream 1: Improve Awareness of Agriculture and Agri-food Related Careers

Program objectives

The objectives of this grant program are to:

  • increase public and job seeker awareness of the agriculture and agri-food processing sectors.
  • promote agriculture and agri-food processing sectors awareness; including social media campaigns focused on highlighting the career opportunities in the sector.
  • promote specific job opportunities with individual Alberta-based companies.

Funding

  • 80/20 cost share: Provide grants to industry of 80% of eligible expenses incurred, to a maximum of $40,000 per Applicant.
  • Clients may apply for funding more than one time, however not for the same work. Each application must show a different strategy or intended outcome.
  • Projects must be completed by February 2024.
  • Clients will be reimbursed based on completion of the project and scope of work within the project timelines, and paid invoices supplied to Agriculture for Life, Inc.

How to apply

  • Step 1: Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the Program Overview and Terms and Conditions
  • Step 2: Complete and sign the Application Form
  • Step 3: Submit the Application Form and supporting documentation to [email protected]

Contact

Unsure if you can apply? Contact us via email at [email protected].


Grant Stream 2: Support the Improvement of Human Resources Practices and Capacity

Program Objectives

The objectives of this grant program are to:

  • provide primary agriculture and agri-food sectors with training and support to improve human resource business skills, to attract and retrain workers, and reduce turnover. This training may include a contracted service provider that is included in the producer or business owner’s grant application.
  • build self-reliance and expertise in the industry by increasing human resources knowledge and best practices.

Funding

  • 90/10 cost share: Provide grants to industry of 90% of eligible expenses incurred, to a minimum of $5,000 to a maximum of $30,000 per Applicant.
  • Provide qualified Applicants with funds to engage facilitators who will coach business owners on best practices in human resources.
  • Clients may apply for funding more than one time, however not for the same work. Each application must show a different strategy or intended outcome.
  • Projects must be completed by February 2024.
  • Clients will be reimbursed based on completion of the project and scope of work within the project timelines, and paid invoices supplied to Agriculture for Life, Inc.

How to apply

  • Step 1: Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the Program Overview and Terms and Conditions
  • Step 2: Complete and sign the Application Form
  • Step 3: Submit the Application Form and supporting documentation to: [email protected]

Contact

Unsure if you can apply? Contact us via email at [email protected].

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