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Growing Forward 2 Frequently Asked Questions

Growing Forward 2 Frequently Asked Questions

What is Growing Forward 2?

Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a federal-provincial-territorial (FPT) partnership with a mandate to drive an innovative, competitive and profitable Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector. In Alberta, Growing Forward 2 represents a five-year cost-share investment of more than $400 million between the federal and provincial governments.

In April 2013, the FPT governments renewed their commitment to Canada’s agriculture sector and agreed to work together in building the productivity, profitability and competitiveness of our agricultural industry. Growing Forward 2 focuses on three priorities for the agricultural sector: innovation, competitiveness, and market development. The programs within Growing Forward 2 aim to help the industry position itself to respond to future opportunities and challenges and to achieve its full potential as a productive and profitable sector of the Canadian economy.

For a complete listing of Alberta’s Growing Forward 2 programs and to see which programs are currently accepting applications, please see the Growing Forward 2 program page.

How do I determine if I am eligible for a Growing Forward 2 program?

Each Growing Forward 2 program has specific eligibility requirements. To determine if you are eligible for a specific Growing Forward 2 program, please review the program eligibility requirements listed in the Terms and Conditions document which can be found on individual program pages on this site.

For a complete listing of Alberta’s Growing Forward 2 programs and links to individual program pages, please click here.

How do I apply for a Growing Forward 2 program?

Each Growing Forward 2 program has an application form and an application process that may differ from program to program.

For example, some programs have multiple application forms, depending on the type of funding or support you require under the program, and some programs have pre-application requirements, while others do not.

To determine the application process for a particular program, or to view the application form, refer to the individual program pages on this site. Each program page provides access to the program’s Terms and Conditions, application form, and important information about program deadlines, the application process and eligible activities.

For a complete listing of Alberta’s Growing Forward 2 programs and links to individual program pages, click here.

Downloading fillable application forms:

Fillable application forms on this site should be opened using an Internet Explorer browser or downloaded to your computer and opened with Adobe Acrobat. There are issues with opening these forms in both the Chrome and Firefox browsers. For more information on the fillable form/browser issue, please access the links below to the Service Alberta help page.

Is travel an eligible expense under Growing Forward 2 programs?

The eligibility of travel expenses varies between Growing Forward 2 programs.  If travel-related expenses are eligible under the terms and conditions of a Growing Forward 2 program, the Alberta GF2 Travel Expense Policy applies.  Unless otherwise specified in the program terms and conditions, only those expenses stated in the policy are eligible for payment.

The Alberta Growing Forward 2 Travel Expense Policy was developed based on the Treasury Board Travel Meal and Hospitality Expense Policy.

How can I find out about the Business Risk Management programs offered through Growing Forward 2?

Growing Forward 2’s Business Risk Management (BRM) programs are offered by Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (AFSC). For further information on the BRM programs, you are encouraged to visit AFSC's website or call them at 1-877-899-AFSC (2372).

Do I still need a Growing Forward registration number?

No, a Growing Forward registration number is not required for Growing Forward 2.

How can I find out about a program’s status (i.e. opened, closed)?

Throughout the life of Growing Forward 2, a program’s status may change from open to closed to open again.

For the most current information on Growing Forward 2 programs, you are encouraged to check the Growing Forward 2 program page. Throughout the site, including on the Homepage and on each program page, there are visual symbols indicating whether a program is open and accepting applications or if a program is closed and therefore not accepting applications. If a green circle with a ‘checkmark’ is shown, it means that the program is currently open; if a red circle with an ‘x’ is shown, it means that the program is currently closed.

You can also subscribe for email updates and program information or contact 310-FARM (3276) for current information regarding the status of an individual program.

What happens when a program is fully subscribed?

Once a program is fully subscribed the program team may choose to temporarily suspend the intake of applications for a period of time.

Agriculture and Forestry encourages applicants to contact an Agriculture and Forestry GF2 Program contact even if a program is currently closed. Program Contacts can direct you to other great resources for you to continue to work with as they may be able to identify other resources, tools, and programs that could assist you in your operations, or have information about when a particular program may reopen and once again be accepting applications.

My application was not approved, what can I do?

Please carefully review any correspondence you receive from the program area regarding your application. If you have further questions, you should first contact the program area (using the contact information contained in the correspondence you received) to further discuss your application. If you cannot reach the program area directly or have further questions, please call 310-FARM (3276) to have your query routed to someone who can help you.

How were the Growing Forward 2 programs developed?

In Alberta, Growing Forward 2 programs and services were designed with industry priorities and needs in mind. Throughout the program development process, input from Alberta’s industry was gathered through industry-specific roundtable discussions, consultations and information sessions with industry stakeholders, online access to key policy documents, and through social media forums and groups.

As a result, Alberta’s Growing Forward 2 suite of programs is consistent with what producers and stakeholders told us should be the top priority: enhanced investment in strategic programs such as research and innovation, environmental stewardship, food safety, biosecurity, business management, market development, traceability, livestock welfare, farm safety, energy efficiency and water management.

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Why should I subscribe for Growing Forward 2 Email Updates?

The Growing Forward 2 email subscription service allows the program teams to send you instant notification of changes to the status of a program or major changes to the program such the funding list or eligible items.

You can subscribe for updates on all programs or only the programs that you are most interested in. Through the subscription service you can ensure that you don’t miss critical information from the program teams.

Why should I sign up for the Growing Forward 2 Mailing List?

The Growing Forward 2 mailing list is used to distribute important information on Growing Forward 2, including the Agri-Business Forward Newsletter, program updates, notifications of upcoming consultations or events, and other communication materials.

Are the Mailing List and Email Updates the same thing?

No, these are different tools available to you so that you can chose which Growing Forward 2 information you’d like to receive. The email subscription service is for instant notification of changes that have been made to a program. The mailing list is for more “formal” communication products such as our Agri-Business Forward Newsletter and for notification of upcoming events. You can choose to subscribe for either or both of the services.

What do the different “I am a...” mean?

To make it easier to learn about Growing Forward 2 programs that you are interested in, you can view programs based on your role within Alberta’s agriculture industry (using the ‘I am a’ information filter) or based on what a subject or area of interest (using the ‘I am interested in’ filter) on the homepage.

By selecting an entity from the “I am a...” listing you can filter the list of Growing Forward 2 programs to show those that are designed for that audience. Please see the definition for each type of entity below.

  • Farmer-Rancher-Producer – Primary producers/growers of crops and/or livestock.
  • Agriculture or Food Processor – A business which transforms raw materials into foods and beverages for human consumption. May also include packaging as well as certain related industrial products, such as feeds, ethanol, fibreboard and vegetable and animal fats and oils.
  • Agri-Business – A business that provides information about products after they have left the farm gate and refers to producers, manufacturers and distributors of agricultural goods and services. Also provides information on the marketing and exporting of agricultural products.
  • Farm Service Provider – A business part of the agri-food supply chain that provides a service to the primary agriculture producers in Alberta from a location typically situated off farm, or beyond the farm gate. This includes but is not limited to packers, grain handlers, packaging manufacturers, warehouses, wholesalers, honey houses, seed plants, agriculture and food exporters, and agricultural education institutions.
  • Industry Association – Society – Commission-Board – A not-for-profit agency, association, society, commission or board focused on representing the needs of its members.
  • Animal Health Professional - Veterinarians and related professionals involved with the surveillance, detection, investigation and response to animal health issues that may affect public health, food safety or market access.
  • Rural Community – Municipality – A population of people living in a town and smaller communities, which provide services and support for the farming community.
  • New Entrant to Industry – Next Generation – An individual operating a new business in the agriculture industry.
  • Feedlot Operator – An operation that feeds cattle for the purposes of growing or finishing cattle.
  • Post-Secondary Institution – A university, public college, or a technical institute.

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