The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities and First Nations to create new products, enhance abilities for season extension, enhance productivity, and adopt clean technology to support improved environmental performance while fostering growth.
In-take 3 is open from December 1st 2017 to March 31st 2018 (new deadline).
Who is Eligible?
- Eligible applicants must be a legal person with the authority to enter into a legal agreement. Examples of a legal person could include corporations or not-for-profit organizations, primary producers, processors, distributors, First Nations, Metis and Inuit.
- Collaborations will be accepted with up to three or more collaborators. Each applicant in the collaboration must be a legal person.
- Applicants must have at least one component of their business located in Northern Ontario, and the project activity must occur in Northern Ontario. For collaborations, at least two collaborators (legal entities) must be businesses, organizations or persons located in Northern Ontario.
- Both start-up and existing businesses are eligible. Start-up (in first three years of operation) businesses are expected to provide a business plan with their application.
Project Activity Streams
Eligible projects may fall under the following streams:
- Season Extension – Projects that will enable producers to extend their production season, or to extend the seasonal availability of their perishable products through storage. Examples of potentially eligible projects include the purchase or construction of high-tunnel or other greenhouses, or the construction of cold storage facilities.
- New Products – Projects that enable agriculture or food producers to create primary or processed products that are new to the business. Examples of potentially eligible projects include the creation of a new ready-to-eat processed product, or the ability to produce a new farm product. Project equipment may include food or fibre processing equipment or food production equipment.
- Productivity Enhancement – Projects that utilize innovative technologies or processes to increase efficiencies in their operations. Project equipment may include production equipment (monitoring, variable rate technology), animal tracking (tag reading technology) meat processing equipment, food packaging equipment or food labelling equipment.
- *NEW* Clean Tech in Agri-Food – Projects that adopt clean technology at the farm/business level and support improved environmental performance while fostering productivity, growth and competitiveness. Examples of potentially eligible projects include precision agriculture technology for irrigation and fertilization, composting and waste management, controlled environment greenhouse technology and gaining water or energy efficiencies.
What is Eligible?
All costs shall be limited to purchase that directly allow eligible project activities to occur. Used equipment is eligible. Examples of eligible costs include but are not limited to:
|Food / Fibre Processing Equipment||Building materials|
|High-tunnels or greenhouse structures||Farm production equipment|
|Food packaging or labeling equipment||Equipment delivery costs|
|Cold storage equipment||Technology upgrades|
Equipment can be defined as capital assets that the owner intends to hold and derive benefits from for a period of one year or more.
What is not Eligible?
|Equipment installation or servicing||Purchase or lease of lands or buildings|
|Rolling stock (such as vehicles including tractors, vans or trucks)||Gifts or incentives|
|Inventory or consumables||Computer software|
SNAPP assistance will be in the form of a conditional contribution at $5,000 at 75% cost-share towards the purchase of equipment for eligible activities. Collaborations of three or more entities can be eligible for up to $15,000 at 75% cost-share towards equipment purchases.
- Applicant(s) will be required to attach a copy of their Articles of Incorporation, Farm Business Registration No., Master Business License, or Business Name Registration, whichever is applicable (required with application)
- Business start-ups (in first 3 years of operation) must submit a business plan with application form (a business plan template can be made available)
- A completed Client Intake Form (required once an approval is received by the applicant(s))
- All projects approved under this program must be completed and invoice(s) submitted to SSMIC: Intake 2 by October 31, 2018, Intake 3 by December 31, 2018
- Clients are to refer to the reporting requirements stated in the application terms and conditions info sheet before applying.
- Applicants are eligible to submit one application per intake period. Successful applicants can receive a maximum of $10,000 in SNAPP funding throughout the entirety of the program. All approved projects must be completed and closed prior to the applicant submitting a new application
How To Apply
Send Completed Application forms to:
Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre c/o Rural Agri-Innovation Network
99 Foster Drive Level Six, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 5X6
Fax: (705) 942-6169
Electronic copies are preferred
For more information contact:
Cathy Bouchard, Program Coordinator
firstname.lastname@example.org or call (705) 942-7927 ext. 3135
SNAPP Application – Compatible Word .docx document
SNAPP Program Guide – Compatible PDF Document
In-take Guidelines (2017-18) – Compatible PDF Document
Are you ready to submit an application? (Checklist) – Compatible PDF Document
Collaborative Agreement Guidelines – Compatible PDF Document
Rolling Stock Definition – Compatible PDF Document
Applications can be submitted electronically by: 1) Download SNAP Program Application Form 2) Fill out application 3) Save As Word or Adobe PDF. Alternately, applications can be filled out as hard copies and scanned, faxed, or mailed to RAIN
*Applicants are encouraged to contact a regional SNAPP Program Coordinator prior to submitting an application to ensure project fits within the program requirements.
The SNAPP Program is administrated by the Rural Agri-Innovation Network in collaboration with FedNor, Cloverbelt Local Food Co-Operative, Rethink Green and the Northeast Community Network.
Please contact a SNAPP Coordinator or Outreach Assistant corresponding to your region, as described below:
Thunder Bay/ Rainy River/Kenora (Northwest)
Cloverbelt Local Food Co-Op
(807) 221-3293 ext. 27 email@example.com
Cochrane/ Timiskaming/ Nipissing
Northeast Community Network
(705) 360-2600 x7081 firstname.lastname@example.org,
Sudbury Regional/ Parry Sound/ Nicklebelt/ Muskoka
(705) 694-0165 email@example.com
Rural Agri-Innovation Network, Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre
Cathy Bouchard, Program Coordinator, SNAPP@rainalgoma.ca, 705-942-7927 Ext. 3135.
Application Intake Period and Review
The following Intake Periods have been scheduled. Application forms must be submitted within the intake timelines.
|Applications Accepted:||December 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 (new deadline)
||Monthly during intake period
|Approvals sent out
||After each review starting in March until April 30th
|Deadline to complete project:||December 31, 2018
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