Grains Innovation Fund open for applications


Got a great grain idea? Grain Farmers of Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2019 Grains Innovation Fund. The fund supports the development of new and expanded products and processes using Ontario grain crops or crop residues.

Originally launched in 2010, the fund has supported 40 projects to date with over $1 million in funding, says Grain Farmers of Ontario.

Projects that satisfy the eligibility criteria for the Grains Innovation Fund can receive up to 60% of the cost of the project, up to a maximum of $50,000. Eligible projects must either:

  • open new markets for Ontario grains,
  • expand the use and demand for Ontario grains,
  • promote Ontario grains as the best choice,
  • identity preserve varieties for novel uses, and/or
  • increase the value (premiums) for Ontario grains.

All applications into the Grains Innovation Fund are reviewed by the Market Development Committee, which includes Grain Farmers of Ontario directors and farmer-members.

Applications for the Grains Innovation Fund must be submitted by November 1, 2018. Information about the fund and the application process is available at or by contacting Justin Shepherd, market development coordinator at [email protected] or 1-519-837-2285.

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