Government of Canada, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) – Agricultural Clean Technology (ACT) Program: Adoption Stream

Description:

The Adoption Stream will support the purchase and installation of commercially available clean technologies and processes with a priority given to those that show evidence of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and other environmental co-benefits.

Eligible activities under the Adoption Stream are of the following nature and type:

  1. Green energy and energy efficiency,
  2. Precision agriculture,
  3. Bioeconomy solutions.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a non-repayable contribution of up to $2 million per project. The Adoption Stream will focus its support on projects valued at $50,000 or more of total eligible project costs.The maximum amount payable to a recipient with multiple projects will generally not exceed $5 million.Eligible project costs will normally be shared as follows:

  1. a maximum contribution of 50% from the program and a minimum contribution of 50% from the applicant for the Adoption Stream (For-profit);
  2. a maximum contribution of 75% from the program and a minimum contribution of 25% from the applicant for the Adoption Stream (Not-for-profit).
  3. The program may provide a more favorable cost-share ratio (60:40) where the majority of the business (more than 50%) is owned or led by one or more under-represented groups. 

Under-represented groups include:

Women, Youth, aged 35 or under, Indigenous groups, Visible minorities, and Persons with disabilities.

The maximum level of total government funding (federal, provincial/territorial, and municipal funding) will generally not exceed 75% of eligible costs per project.

Eligibility:

Applicants must:

  • for-profit organizations, including farm businesses and agri-food processors;
  • not-for-profit organizations, including co-operatives;
  • ndividuals, sole proprietors;
  • Indigenous groups;
  • individuals (legal entities) capable of entering into legally binding agreements;
  • Canadian entities (incorporated in Canada).

Documentation Needed:

Project application packages will require submission of the following documents:

  1. Project Application form with Work plan and Budget;
  2. Applicant Authorized Representative(s) Form;
  3. Certificate of Incorporation or Articles of Incorporation;
  4. Financial statements (audited or review engagement) for the past 2 years or since the date of organization start-up. Statements must include an income statement, a balance sheet, and a cash flow.
  5. Copies of all financing agreements related to the project financing plan, including: documentation that provide financial proof of funds (that is term sheets), confirmation of debt or equity closing and funds availability, bank statements (to verify cash availability), term sheets, and/or attestation from corporate officers of funds availability (can include letters).
  6. Quotes, estimates and contracts supporting the costs of the project budget provided by suppliers for all construction, renovations or equipment and technology to be purchased and installed.
  7. Diagram of the applicant’s organizational structure;
  8. Organizational chart;
  9. Performance Measures Table with estimated targets of GHG emissions reductions and dates of project results to achieve.

Other Things to Note:

  1. Due to high demand, as of August 1, 2021 the Agricultural Clean Technology Program – Adoption Stream will continue to accept Project Summary Forms but only for funding activities starting as of April 1, 2022. The Project Summary Forms will be kept on file and reviewed at a later date following the commitment of funds up to March 31, 2022.
  2. The Project Summary form (PDF) will be accepted by email at aafc.act-a-tpa-a.aac@agr.gc.ca, starting June 2021, on a continuous basis until funding has been fully committed or otherwise announced by the program.

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