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Seed Production Grants are Available

The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities outside our program. These events can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel and accommodation costs.

To help make these opportunities more accessible for the Canadian seed community, in 2016 we are offering Seed Production Capacity Building Grants. There are two options to apply for these grants: (1) Seed Training Event Support and (2) Custom Seed Learning Support.

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS

Grants are aimed for seed producers, farmers, farm workers, seed companies, and students learning about ecological seed production. Others excited to build their capacity and understanding of seed production are welcome to apply.

DEADLINE TO APPLY

Grants will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Applications will be considered until all available funds are allocated, up to October 31, 2016.

SEED TRAINING EVENT SUPPORT GRANT

Growers can apply for up to $500 to attend the following training events on ecological seed production. These events offer intermediate to advanced training on growing vegetable seeds and field crops. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees.

Applicants may propose other events fit within the goals of this program. These will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Limit of 1 event per applicant. Activities must take place before January 31, 2017.

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM HERE

CUSTOM SEED LEARNING SUPPORT

Nothing compares to hands-on learning from experts and mentors, in particular when it comes to advanced seed production training. We are offering support for personalized learning with a seed grower, plant breeder, or other mentor of your choice. For these grants, growers will set the time frame and learning objectives, contact and choose their mentor, and organize your travel and accommodation. Growers can apply for up to $750 to assist with travel costs. Limit of 1 learning exchange per applicant. Activities must happen before December 31, 2017.

Grants are aimed for seed producers, farmers, farm workers, seed companies, and students learning about ecological seed production. Others excited to build their capacity and understanding of seed production are welcome to apply.

DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION FORM HERE

TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

Completed application forms and supporting documents should be sent to the BFICSS coordinator in your region:

REGIONCOORDINATORORGANIZATIONCONTACT
Atlantic Canada Stephanie Hughes ACORN seed@acornorganic.org
Quebec Yann Vegriete USC Canada yann@usc-canada.org
Ontario Aabir Dey Everdale aabir.dey@everdale.org
Prairies Iris Vaisman Organic Alberta iris.vaisman@prairieorganicgrain.org
British Columbia Chris Thoreau FarmFolk CityFolk chris@farmfolkcityfolk.ca

 

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