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Funding Opportunities

Listed on this page are links to funding opportunities that may be useful for supporting research into climate change impacts and adaptation for agriculture. Many of the programs and agencies listed have not explicitly included climate change research in their set of research priorities. However, we feel that an applicant can suggest that such a topic is suitable for studies related to the environment, economics, and social issues. As well, climate change and agriculture topics fit into studies about risk management and opportunity identification.

Many research proposals require partnerships. To assist you in finding appropriate partners, we have provided a list of agri-food sector organizations in Canada.


Ark Angel Foundation
The foundation provides funds for activities and programs that include increasing public awareness and appreciation of the significance and relatedness of public policy initiatives in maintaining and protecting the environment as well as enhancing and protecting animal welfare.

Canadian Foundation for Innovation
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) is an independent corporation established by the Government of Canada in 1997. The Foundation's goal is to strengthen the capability of Canadian universities, colleges, research hospitals, and other not-for-profit institutions to conduct excellent research and technology development. By investing in research infrastructure projects, the CFI supports research excellence, and helps strengthen research training at institutions across Canada.

Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF)
As part of Canada's response to achieving its commitments under the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the Federal government has renewed the Climate Change Action Fund (CCAF) for the fiscal years 2001/2002 to 2003/2004 inclusive. One of the components of the CCAF deals with Science, Impacts and Adaptation. Within the Science sub-component, one of the research priorities is the development of climate scenarios for impacts and adaptation researchers.

Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development Fund (CARD)
CARD's six adaptation priorities, determined in consultation with industry, include: research/innovation; human resource capacity-building; capturing market opportunities; environmental sustainability; food safety and quality; and, rural development. Programs and projects are delivered through both national programs and industry-led adaptation councils in each territory and province. Creating partnerships and new alliances among industry groups and between industry and government is a key feature of many CARD-assisted projects.

Canadian Agricultural Rural Communities Initiative
The Canadian Agricultural Rural Communities Initiative (CARCI) was developed through consultations between industry and stakeholders. These consultations identified priorities for a renewed Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) program with greater focus on rural agricultural community development. CARCI-assisted projects will complement other CARD-funded projects which respond to the needs of the agriculture and agri-food sector in such areas as agricultural production, marketing of agricultural products, food safety, research and development of new products and processes, and farm management.

The Canadian Agri-Food Research Council
The Canadian Agri-Food Research Council (CARC) is a national coordinating system for agri-food research and technology transfer in Canada and is a catalyst for building consensus on related priorities". CARC's committee system consists of participants from all sectors (industry, university and government) who identify issues and opportunities to be addressed through research.

Chawkers Foundation
The Foundation funds projects in the fields of education and the environment. It provides grants for capital funds, operating funds, building funds, equipment funds, matching funds, seed money, bursaries, program funding, research projects, and special projects.

The Climate Change Action Fund - Public Education and Outreach Program (CCAF-PEO)
The CCAF-PEO funds a variety of (non-research) initiatives, including Internet sites, museum displays, classroom materials, etc., to raise Canadians' awareness of climate change and promote action in each province and territory.

Conoco Canada Resources Ltd.
The Conoco Canada Resources Ltd. Charitable Donations Program provides funding to unique environmental projects located in areas where Conoco is active, as well as, environmental organizations that support similar principles to those of Conoco.

Cottonwood Foundation
The Cottonwood Foundation provides small grants to grassroots organizations worldwide that are working for a sustainable future.

Dupont Canada
Dupont Canada provides support to national organizations that are directionally aligned with its corporate values and culture, with a specific focus on Safety, Environmental protection, Sustainable development, Science and Technology, Education and Innovation. The company also supports specific community initiatives, includeing those related to the environment, with a focus on those communities where the company has operations.

EcoAction — Environment Canada
EcoAction encourages projects that protect, rehabilitate, or enhance the natural environment, and builds the capacity of communities to sustain these activities into the future. Projects require matching funds or in-kind support from other sponsors. Priority for funding is given to projects that will achieve results in the following areas: Clean Air and Climate Change, Clean Water, and Nature. Submission deadlines to the Funding Program are February 1st and October 1st, annually.

EJLB Environment Foundation
The Foundation provides support for the protection of the environment, principally through the acquisition and prevention, throughout Canada, of natural areas of ecological significance or of importance to the urban landscape; and environmental scientific research performed in Canadian universities or affiliated research centres.

Environmental and Sustainable Development Program - Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
ESDP seeks to encourage and support Canadian not-for-profit environmental organizations to develop partnerships and to share their knowledge and experience with similar organizations in developing countries through the implementation of environmentally focused development projects that contribute to Canada's development priorities.

Ford Foundation
The Community and Resource Development Program's Environment and Development Section helps people and groups acquire, protect, and improve land, water, forests, wildlife, and other natural assets in ways that help reduce poverty and injustice.

Great Lakes Sustainability Fund
The Great Lakes Sustainability Fund assists with the remediation and eventual delisting of Canada's remaining 16 Areas of Concern by supporting remedial programs and techniques to restore water quality and other AOC beneficial uses, in partnership with other government and non-government stakeholders.

The Joyce Foundation
The Joyce Foundation supports a variety of efforts including those that protect the natural environment of the Great Lakes and promote a diverse and thriving regional culture.

Henry P. Kendall Foundation
The Foundation's program focuses almost entirely on the environment, and securing its physical, biological, and aesthetic wealth for future generations. Its geographic priorities for grants are New England and the Maritime Provinces of Eastern Canada and the Pacific Northwest, including Western Canada and Alaska. Activities funded include advocacy, public education, policy research and analysis, on-the-ground resource management experiments, and institutional development.

Laidlaw Foundation
The Laidlaw Foundation uses its human and financial resources in innovative ways to strengthen the environment for children, youth and families, to enhance opportunities for human development and creativity and to sustain healthy communities and ecosystems.

Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation
The Helen McCrea Peacock Foundation will fund projects involving environmental research or those that promote environmental education and awareness.

George Cedric Metcalf Charitable Foundation Funding Program
The Foundation provides funding to a wide range of projects in Canada including environmental and wildlife projects, social services, and arts/culture.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
NSERC (the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) is the national instrument for making strategic investments in Canada's capability in science and technology. NSERC supports both basic university research through research grants and project research through partnerships of universities with industry, as well as the advanced training of highly qualified people in both areas.

Noranda Foundation
Noranda Inc. funds national organizations throughout Canada in the areas of education, environment, and health services.

North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation (NAFEC)
The Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) created the North American Fund for Environmental Cooperation in 1995 as a means to fund community-based projects in Canada, Mexico and the United States that promote the goals and objectives of the CEC.

Pew Charitable Trust
Pew Charitable Trust's work on climate change aims to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. It supports strong action by the private sector and government to take steps necessary to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Through the Pew Center on Global Climate Change, it sponsors nonpartisan research to assess the environmental and economic impacts of global warming, to determine what constitutes a fair burden for developed and developing countries to assume in reducing greenhouse gases, and to encourage major corporations to take steps to recduce emissions.

Salamander Foundation
The Foundation provides grants, and is primarily interested in resource management, and pollution and environmental degradation and their impacts on ecosystems and human health.

The Schad Foundation / Husky Injection Moulding Systems Ltd.
The Schad Foundation primarily supports projects that work to protect the diversity of the Earth and foster a respect for all life. Funding is provided to projects in the following areas: education, environment, animal welfare, and conservation and preservation.

Shell Environmental Fund
The Shell Foundation is established to support efforts to achieve a balance between economic growth, care for the environment, equitable social development, with the goal of sustainable development.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) is Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. SSHRC's funding programs provide support for:
  • Basic research (by individual researchers and research teams) to develop new theories and better research approaches/methods; to advance fundamental knowledge of human nature/behaviour and of social, economic, cultural and intellectual matters;
  • Targeted research (by multidisciplinary teams and research networks) to focus concerted, problem-solving attention on intellectual, social, economic, or cultural issues of particular interest or concern to Canada;
  • Advanced research training at the doctoral and postdoctoral level to help supply social sciences and humanities expertise at Canadian universities, in government and in various sectors of our economy;
  • Research communication and knowledge transfer to promote the use of knowledge generated by Canada's researchers and scholars.
Suncor Energy Foundation
Through this fund, the Suncor Energy Foundation invests in programs that address environmental issues of major national and local concern - issues such as sustainable development, global climate change, air and water quality, land and forest conservation, and ecological rehabilitation.

TD Friends of the Environment
The purpose of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation Community Fund is to provide funding support for worthwhile community-based initiatives that make a positive difference to the Canadian environment.

Wallace Global Fund
The mission of the Wallace Global Fund is to catalyze and leverage critically needed global progress towards an equitable and environmentally sustainable society. Preference to projects that involve: global policy research and action, public/private partnerships, NGO collaboration, utilization of market mechanisms.

Woodcock Foundation
The Woodcock Foundation supports community development especially when there is an opportunity to improve the educational, economic, and environmental circumstances of communities in need. Special attention is paid to programs that foster leadership and entrepreneurship.


CARD Sponsored Adaptation Councils
Adaptation councils in each province and territory give industry a greater role in deciding how CARD funds may be used to respond to rapidly changing Canadian and world economies. While these councils have the flexibility within the CARD framework to set industry priorities and decide how they are best addressed, they are also accountable for funding decisions and the viability of projects. The councils are encouraged to share information with one another and, where appropriate, collaborate on adaptation projects, to optimize benefits from the money allocated.


Agriculture and Food Council
The Agriculture and Food Council was formed in 1993 to champion the Creating Tomorrow vision and goals. Made up of representatives from all links in the agri-food industry value-chain the Council is a catalyst to help Alberta's agri-food sector:
  • Increase Alberta's share of world food, agriculture and agribusiness markets;
  • Improve sustainable resource and environmental management; and
  • Expand the vision, competency and quality of life of people in the industry.
The AFC has three core programs to support their goals: The Canada Agriculture Rural Adaptation Fund (CARD), The Value Chain Strategic Initiative, and Growing Alberta — a public awareness program.

Alberta Agricultural Research Institute
The Alberta Agricultural Research Institute (AARI) is the primary agency in Alberta for funding, coordinating and promoting strategic agricultural research initiatives and technology transfer in the agriculture and food sector.

Alberta Ecotrust Foundation
The Alberta Ecotrust Foundation is a partnership of corporations, environmental organizations, and community members that help Albertans work toward a better environment. The Foundation's mandate is to fund innovative, direct action, and volunteer-based environmental initiatives at the community level within Alberta.

British Columbia

The Brainerd Foundation
The Brainerd Foundation is dedicated to protecting the environment quality of the Pacific Northwest and building broad citizen support for environmental protection.

The Bullit Foundation
The Bullitt Foundation is committed to the protection and restoration of the environment of the Pacific Northwest. This committment includes environmental problems that disproportionately impact lower-economic people in both urban and rural communities.

Endswell Foundation
The Endswell Foundation supports projects that contribute to the goal of preservation and sustainability in British Columbia. Major funding priorities include sustainable agriculture and food

Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia
The Investment Agriculture Foundation of British Columbia is a non-profit organization that invests federal and provincial funds to help the agri-food industry adapt to change. The Foundation is industry-led; comprised of member organizations from across the agri-food industry.

Vancouver Foundation
The purpose of the Environment Advisory Committee is to encourage and assist in the resolution of broad environmental issues arising in British Columbia. Funding interests include environment, social services, and animal welfare, among


Agri-Food Research and Development Initiative
ARDI is the funding program that Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Manitoba Agriculture and Food sponsor to provide grants for research and development in Manitoba’s agricultural and agri-food sectors.

Manitoba Conservation - Climate Change Action Fund
The Government of Manitoba has made a four-year $1 million commitment to support practical, Manitoba based, actions that respond to the issue of Climate Change. The Manitoba Climate Change Action Fund (MCCAF), a component of the Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF), has $250,000 annually to support:
  • Projects focusing on public education and outreach;
  • Scientific understanding of climate change impacts and potential adaptation practices;
  • Technological innovation (research and commercialization); and
  • Energy efficiency and alternative or "green" energy.
Proposals are due in May and October.

Manitoba Rural Adaptation Council Inc.
Applications for funding are accepted on an ongoing basis and are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Applications must be submitted on a CARD Program application form, which can be obtained from the MRAC office or downloaded from the web site.

Sustainable Development Innovations Fund (SDIF)
The SDIF provides funding for the development, implementation and promotion of environmental innovation and sustainable development projects conducted in Manitoba or of benefit to Manitoba.

Newfoundland & Labrador

Agri-Adapt Council Inc.
AACI will assist agriculture and agrifood sectors to adapt to, and become more competitive within, the realities of the changing global marketplace while strengthening the leadership and management of sustainable agricultural production and supporting new ways of doing business. AACI may assist in the development, demonstration and adoption of innovative technologies and/or partnerships in the four key areas of environmental sustainability; human resource capacity building; innovation and marketing.

Newfoundland and Labrador Agriculture: Industry Development
Eligible participants to this Initiative include: producers, producer organizations, co-operatives and other marketing enterprises; federal, provincial, municipal and regional governments and agencies; and, universities and colleges.

New Brunswick

The Agricultural Environment Management Initiative (AEMI)
AEMI will facilitate the conservation and enhancement of the natural resources used by the agriculture sector and minimize the impact of agricultural practices on the environment. There are six programs under the initiative, targeting specific areas of practices or opportunities to enhance the quality of the environment as it relates to the agriculture industry. The programs include nutrient management, soil conversation, on-farm stewardship, agro-environmental clubs, integrated pest management and livestock odour reduction.

New Brunswick Agricultural Council Inc.
The New Brunswick Agricultural Council Inc./Conseil Agricole du Nouveau-Brunswick Inc. (NBAC/CANB) provides funding for innovative projects designed to foster increased long term growth, self-reliance, employment and competitiveness for New Brunswick (NB)'s agri-food sector and rural communities while strengthening the leadership and management of sustainable agricultural production. Funding is provided to the Council from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's $60 million per year Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) Fund.

New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund
The fund provides monies to support a wide range of environmental initiatives under the following categories: protection, restoration, sustainable development, education, conservation, and beautification.

Northwest Territories

Territorial Farmers Association
The Territorial Farmers Association (TFA), a non-profit organization, has represented the farming community since the early 1970's. The goals of the TFA are to develop a strong sustainable agriculture industry that will benefit all by promoting the development and expansion of the agri-food production sector of the NWT economy and assisting the NWT agri-food industry in becoming competitive, self reliant, and progressive as it integrates into, the national industry, and to represent the NWT on national industry related matters; and provide a liaison with the territorial and federal governments.

Nova Scotia

Agri-Futures Nova Scotia
Agri-Futures Nova Scotia (AFNS) provides funding to eligible Nova Scotia farm groups, agri-businesses and agricultural rural communities for innovative projects designed to foster increased long term growth, self-reliance, employment and competitiveness in the agriculture and agri-food sectors, and in agricultural rural Nova Scotia. Funding is provided to the Council from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's $60 million per year Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) Fund.

Nova Scotia Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Development Program
The purpose of the program is to support the development and adaptation of new and leading agricultural technologies and knowledge that will enhance the competitive position of the Nova Scotia Agri-Food Industry. The objectives are to:
  • Address technological opportunities identified by the agriculture and agri-food industry;
  • Increase the industry awareness of the value of research;
  • Encourage the participation of industry in the support of research;
  • Develop research expertise in Atlantic Canada;
  • Optimize the relationship among research, education and industry; and
  • Communicate research results and encourage industry adaptation of technology.

The Agricultural Adaptation Council
The AAC is a coalition of 52 agricultural, agri-food and rural organizations, incorporated in 1996 to administer Ontario's share of the Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) Fund. AAC invests in innovative projects that enhance the economic health of the Ontario agriculture and agri-food sector and rural communities. AAC also administers the Ontario portion of the National Soil and Water Conservation Program (NSWCP), the Canada-Ontario Research and Development Program and the Agricultural Environmental Stewardship Initiative.

CanAdapt — Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
CanAdapt funds are targeted to projecs that foster long-term growth, financial self-sufficiency, employment, and competitiveness for Ontario's agriculture, food and rural communities.

The Donner Foundation
The foundation's funding priorities are ecosystem management, education, environment, habitat protection, and wildlife.

EcoAction Guide
This Guide is intended as a resource tool for non-profit, non-governmental organizations that are interested in finding out about various funding programs that are available within Ontario.

Hamilton Community Foundation — Ed Smee Conserver Society Environmental Fund
The Conserver Society of Hamilton and District Inc. was established tto improve the quality of life of the community and advocates frugality in the use of energy and other resources, support of biological diversity, sustainability, reduction of environmental contamination, just distribution of resources over time, and participation in neighbourhood decision-making.

Charles H. Ivey Foundation
The foundation's granting program is divided into two areas of environmental interest: biodieversity in forest-dominated ecosystems and environmental education.

Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation works with others to make strtegic investments to build healthy, sustainable, and caring communities in Ontario. Guidelines are available.

University of Guelph/OMAF Research Directorate
The University of Guelph is one of the most research intensive universities in Canada and is internationally renowned for its broad spectrum of research. The Office of Research supports the University of Guelph’s $80-million research complement. A major component of Guelph's research is OMAFRA Research Programs, a multi-faceted agri-food initiative sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and (OMAF).View the bulletin board under 'Research Programs' for information on upcoming calls for proposals.

OMAF's New Directions in Agri-Food and Rural Research Program
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food (OMAF) is issuing a 2003-2004 Call for Proposals for the New Directions in Agri-Food & Rural Research Program. The purpose of this research funding program is to stimulate sustainable growth and competitiveness in Ontario's agriculture, food and rural sectors. Research is solicited that will generate new knowledge and/or technologies in the following seven areas:
  1. Value-added food products
  2. Value-added non-food products from Ontario agricultural materials
  3. Alternative livestock species in Ontario
  4. Healthy environment
  5. Pest management
  6. Organic agriculture
  7. Demographic changes and related labour needs in the agri-food and rural sectors
The Call for Proposals document and program information can be accessed at OMAF's website or you may email a request for an electronic copy. Please specify whether you require WORD or PDF format.

Prince Edward Island

Agriculture and Environmental Resource Conservation Program (AERC)
The program provides technical and financial assistance to farmers to make their farm operations more productive and sustainable, while achieving compliance with environmental protection legislation. A wide range of on-farm conservation projects are eligible, including soil erosion control practices, soil conservation, hedgerow planting, manure storage, livestock fencing and watering.

Prince Edward Island Adapt Council
The objective of the ADAPT Council is to assist primary and secondary agriculture to adapt to, and become more competitive within, the realities of the changing global marketplace while strengthening the leadership and management of environmentally sustainable agricultural production. The Prince Edward Island ADAPT Council administers PEI's portion of the Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) Fund of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


Conseil pour le développement de l'agriculture du Québec
The Conseil pour le développement de l'agriculture du Québec (CDAQ) was created in 1996 following an agreement between the Union des producteurs agricoles (UPA) and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC). Its mission consists in promoting the adaptation and development of agriculture throughout Quebec by emphasizing community empowerment. CDAQ administers the share of the provincial envelope dedicated to agricultural production, allocated by AAFC under the Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) fund.

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation: Programme d'aide à la recherche en agriculture, pêche et alimentation
Le Programme d'aide à la recherche en agriculture, pêche et alimentation se donne les objectifs suivants:
  • favoriser la recherche et le développement expérimental répondant aux priorités identifiées dans le domaine du bioalimentaire;
  • soutenir le développement socioéconomique du bioalimentaire quand l'intérêt collectif est en jeu, lorsque le risque pour le secteur privé est élevé ou lorsque la recherche doit alimenter le processus décisionnel du ministère; et
  • avoir un effet levier et structurant sur la recherche et le développement.
autres programmes offerts par ce ministère


Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development Program in Saskatchewan (CARDS)
The Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development Program in Saskatchewan (CARDS) is designed to provide the province's agriculture and agri-food sector with tools to acquire and use knowledge, skills and ideas to take advantage of changes affecting the sector.

Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Research Program
The Climate Change Impacts & Adaptation Program provides funding for targeted research and activities that will contribute to a better understanding of Canada’s vulnerabilities to climate change and provide information necessary for the development of adaptation strategies.

Saskatchewan Agriculture, Food and Rural Revitalization Research Department
The Department supports research and development to promote the development and diversification of the agriculture and food sectors in Saskatchewan, add value to agricultural products, and develop improved and environmentally sustainable practices. The Department uses a number of mechanisms including proposal-based funding through the Agriculture Development Fund, administration support to industry funds such as the Saskatchewan Beef Development Fund, Horned Cattle Trust Fund, and the Cattle Marketing Deductions Fund. Funding to identified strategic programs is provided through the Canada-Saskatchewan Agri-Food Innovation Fund. The Department also supports the Prairie Agriculture Machine Institute (PAMI) and Ag-West Biotech Inc. through operating grants.


Yukon Agricultural Association
The Yukon Agricultural Association (YAA), through a Yukon Adaptation Committee provides funding for projects designed to encourage growth, stability, employment and a competitive, environmentally sustainable industry for the Yukon's agriculture and agri-food sector and rural communities. Funding is provided to the Council from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's $60 million per year Canadian Adaptation and Rural Development (CARD) Fund.

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