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Northern ag businesses secure $313,428 in funding

Funds come from the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) program.
Agri-food businesses across the North are able to expand and introduce new products thanks to federal funding grants under the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity program.

Agri-food businesses in Northern Ontario have received $313,428 from the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) program.

The funding is related to a 2016 announcement by the federal government to provide $921,300 in SNAPP funding over a three-year period, $825,000 of which will be used as microgrants to support eligible project costs.

Partnering organizations include the Northeast Community Network in Temiskaming, Rethink Green in Sudbury, Cloverbelt Local Food Co-operative in Dryden, and the Rural Agri-Innovation Network (RAIN) in Sault Ste. Marie, which oversee the program.

During the first intake period last fall, just over $313,000 in grants was provided to 63 applicants, bringing the total value of investment to $744,519.

Each applicant is eligible to receive up to $5,000 at 75 per cent cost share to purchase equipment for approved projects, and collaborations of three or more entities are allowed. Funding for SNAPP comes from FedNor.

The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program supports northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaboration, communities and First Nations to create new products, enhance abilities for season extension, scale up production or enhance productivity.

A full list of recipient producers is located here.