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  • Supporting producers and processors in adopting new technology.
  • This Program is no longer accepting applications.
Program Availability: Not Accepting Applications
Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program – Crop

Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program – Crop

Terms and Conditions

Application Form

   

The Program is no longer accepting applications.

Please subscribe to receive program announcements (see link on the top right side of the page), any changes to the status of this program will be updated through this notification system.

*INFORMATION for Second Call Applicants (May 13, 2016 submission date).

  • Your applications will be reviewed on June 2, 2016.
  • You will receive communication regarding the review within 3 weeks from that date.

The Program has new Terms and Conditions and each application will now be reviewed and recommended based on the following Program Assessment Criteria:

  • Innovative New Technology adoption;
  • Increase in productivity based on New Technology adoption;
  • Increase in industry capacity;
  • The impact the Project has on Agricultural Products grown in Alberta; and
  • Impact the Project has on energy efficiency and/or total revenue.

.Project Start dates may commence on or after January 1, 2016

Projects may run until February 28, 2018. Costs must be broken out based on what will be spent each fiscal year.

Travel Allowances have changed – which can be found on the GF2 webpage under the FAQ tab: http://www.growingforward.alberta.ca/FAQs/index.htm

Subscribe (right side of page) to receive notification of program status changes.

*INFORMATION for First Call Applicants (March 4, 2016 submission date).

  • Your applications will be reviewed on April 8, 2016.
  • You will receive communication regarding the review within 3 weeks from that date.

Program purpose statement

The Program provides financial support to agri-processors and producers for projects that stimulate improvements in productivity, efficiency and energy efficiency through the adoption of best practices, innovative new technologies and state-of-the-art processes that increase value and market access. This Program is similar to the Alberta Livestock Meat Agency’s Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency program.

Program description

Under the Growing Forward 2 Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program, successful applicants are eligible for reimbursement of certain capital and non-capital expenses. Reimbursement of capital expenses is at 20% and reimbursement of non-capital expenses is at 50%.

Eligible capital costs include:

  • Engineering design and/or modifications of processing line equipment
  • Acquisition of automated machinery and equipment for your processing line
  • Installation of automated machinery and equipment for your processing line

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Note: The new processing equipment must be installed and used in Alberta for at least three years.

Eligible non-capital costs include:

Third-party costs for consultant and coaching fees related to;

  • Feasibility studies for implementation of new technology for the processing line
  • Process audits for automation and technology
  • Lean manufacturing and competitiveness assessments
  • Implementation of lean manufacturing or other process improvement practices
  • Travel costs for equipment research and investigation outside of Alberta
  • Training costs that will enable the new technology to become operational may also be eligible.

Am I eligible for this program?

The following groups are eligible to apply:

  • Agri-processing companies with a physical manufacturing or processing presence in Alberta,
  • Producers and groups of producers who are adding economic value to their products beyond the primary production of crops and livestock (i.e. after harvesting is completed).

How do I apply for this program?

  1. Determine whether you are eligible - Refer to the Agri-Processing Automation and Efficiency Program’s Terms and Conditions.
  2. Ensure that the project activities and expenses are eligible - Eligible activities and expenses are listed in the program’s Terms and Conditions.
  3. Get in contact with your Development Officer or New Venture Specialist to begin working on your application. If you have not been connected with a Development Officer or a New Venture Specialist please contact Dana Gibson at (780) 980-4220 or dana.gibson@gov.ab.ca and an introduction will be made.
  4. Complete the Application Form - Once completed, send your application and supporting documents to your Development Officer or New Venture Specialists.
  5. NOTE: Applications WILL NOT be accepted if they are submitted directly to the Program Manager:

Applications may be submitted via fax or email, but original documents must be received by your Development Officer or New Venture Specialist within 10 working days of submission.

Completed application forms must include the following:

  1. Signed Original Application Form
  2. Quotes for all project work requested. Note: If quotes are not possible, please provide the assumptions made to determine the value requested.
  3. Project Proposal

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Dana Gibson at (780) 980-4220, or dana.gibson@gov.ab.ca

You may also be interested in …

Agri-Processing Product and Market Development Program - Crop

Agri-Processing Product and Market Development Program - Livestock

Business Opportunity Program

Food Safety Systems Processor Program

Livestock Welfare Processor Program

Program Contact

Dana Gibson

dana.gibson@gov.ab.ca

(780) 980-4220

Links & Other Resources

Business Plan Fillable Template

Elements of a Business Plan

Project Proposal Requirements

Application Checklist

Process Map

Services for Agri-Processors Listings

 

Program FAQs

    
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