Announcing the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) Program – COVID 19 Response Fund

July 7, 2020

The Sustainable New Agri-Food Products and Productivity (SNAPP) Program – COVID 19 Response Fund is for northern Ontario food producers, processors and agri-food businesses to provide funding for projects that address challenges or respond to opportunities created by COVID 19.

There are two available project streams under the COVID 19 Response Fund:
1. ADAPTATION – provides up to $10,000 at 50% cost-share for individual projects that address opportunities related to the COVID 19 crisis

Examples of Eligible Projects:
• Equipment that can automate or reduce labour in agri-food production or processing (handling facilities, harvest/post-harvest processing equipment and food processing equipment).
• Projects that enable agri-businesses to establish efficient and safe post-harvest and distribution systems (reusable containers, trailers, freezers, cold storage)

2. STRENGTHENING VALUE CHAINS – provides up to $25,000 at a 50% cost-share for projects with a focus on strengthening value chains between agri-food businesses in response to COVID-19. Projects under this stream are for collaborations that improve the food value efficiencies and competitiveness by linking production, processing, distribution and marketing activities within the agri-food sector in northern Ontario.

Examples of Eligible Projects:
• Shared energy-efficient cold storage unit to increase food capacity and distribution for local producers.
• Food processing equipment (dehydrators, flash freezers, washing stations, etc) to increase efficiency.

A continuous intake of applications will be accepted from the launch of the program. Once the funds are allocated, applications will no longer be accepted.

For more information on the program, visit www.rainalgoma.ca/COVIDRESPONSE