OAFT Programs & Services
Please note, these programs are designed to provide benefit to the “business of agriculture” in Ontario.
 

Game Changers in Agriculture Video Series*

Please visit www.oaftgamechangers.ca to see some of the innovative companies we work with.
 

Member-to-Member Program
 
OAFT will provide up to $10,000 for projects that any two OAFT member organizations deem worthwhile and can benefit Ontario agriculture.
  • Letters from each member organization involved are required
  • Contact info@oaft.org
 
Capacity Building Program*
 
Small to mid-sized companies often have great difficulty in attracting research and development or capital assistance dollars from government programs and investors.  OAFT will provide the services of a professional writing team free of charge (to a maximum of $10,000).  Any company or organization shall simply send an email to info@oaft.org outlining what they wish to accomplish.  We will make a decision within two business days and contact the applicant as to investing in the writing of the project and the appropriate funding they should require.  We will also line-up letters of support for the proposal.
  • Company or organization must be willing to invest 30% minimum of project costs
  • Value to agriculture in Ontario will be a key
  • Note - OAFT  is not reimbursed if the project is successful
  • Contact info@oaft.org
 
Rapid Response to Business Opportunities Program*
 
This program will provide up to $10,000 to cover direct costs for sales meetings concerning innovative agricultural products and services from Ontario.
  • Rapid -  A decision will be made within two business days upon receipt of final proposal
  • Process - submission of a completed Funding Application
  • Applications must demonstrate innovation in agri-tech and benefit to Ontario agriculture to be eligible
  • Notes - (1) The program does not cover consultants, sales agents, product/brand representatives, trading houses, tradeshows and exploratory marketing/prospecting (there must be prior contact); and (2) we can also pay for clients to come to your facility (to close sales)
  • Contact info@oaft.org for further information, or to request a Funding Application Form


Rapid Response to Research Needs Program*

This program will provide up to $20,000 to a company to help solve small research hurdles or product standards testing.  We will make a decision within two business days.

  • This must be a 50/50 cost sharing
  • We respect confidentiality, but require a progress report along with receipts
  • We will not accept in-kind matching dollars (i.e. employee salaries)
  • Priority is given to innovative products
  • Contact info@oaft.org for further information, or to request a Funding Application Form

 

*These programs are supported by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs through Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.