Grains Innovation Fund open for project applications


Grain Farmers of Ontario is now accepting applications for the 2022 Grains Innovation Fund.

The fund is intended to develop Ontario grain utilization projects that create novel value-added uses or support market expansion for Ontario grains.

“The evolution of grain farming in Ontario has built an incredible and resourceful community that the world has come to rely upon,” says Paul Hoekstra, vice president of Strategic Development, Grain Farmers of Ontario. “We have seen the work of farmers and organizations come together with the shared motivation to create and provide the best products globally and we want to continue to help nurture these important collaborations.”

The Grains Innovation Fund provides eligible companies and organizations up to 60 per cent of the cost of a project, to a maximum of $50,000.

Past candidates include the Ontario Cattle Feeders‘ Association (OCFA), who used the fund to promote their Ontario Corn Fed Beef program; The Straw Boss was supported by the fund to advance their use of Ontario straw in their pelletized straw production providing an alternative to traditional bedding options for livestock; and 1847 Stone Mill used the fund to harness the unused portion of wheat from the milling process to create an absorbent, clumping, dust-free, smell-free pet litter called reLit that is 100% compostable.

Applications for the 2022 Grains Innovation Fund must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, November 5, 2021

Eligible projects must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Opens new markets for Ontario grains
  • Expands the use and demand for Ontario grains
  • Promotes Ontario grains as the best choice for consumers and/or the food value chain domestically or abroad
  • Increases the value for Ontario grains through the development of new, value-added uses


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