Marcus Janzen (left), chair of Abbotsford Community Foundation’s Agricultural Enhancement Grants committee, presented a grant last year to Chris Thoreau of FarmFolk CityFolk. Applications are now open for this year’s grants.

Applications now open for agricultural enhancement grants

Total of $130,000 available through Abbotsford Community Foundation

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) has announced that applications for the 2020 Agricultural Enhancement grants are now being accepted.

Marcus Janzen, chair of the ACF’s agricultural enhancement grants committee, said grants of up to $50,000 are available – to a total of $130,000.

He said this year’s focus is on projects that will help advance existing technology through new or innovative processes that address an environmental challenge.

Also being considered are projects that involve the development and testing of new user-friendly technology where the resulting research can be shared in one or more agriculture sectors and assist the industry to comply with ever-changing regulatory requirements.

RELATED: Three farm projects receive grants from Abbotsford Community Foundation

“We’re looking for projects that will have positive economic, social and/or environmental outcomes as a direct result of receiving this funding,” Janzen said.

ACF board chair Lorna Hart said ACF has distributed more than $700,000 in grants to benefit agriculture in Abbotsford since 2013.

“The ACF is proud of having more than 40 years of giving in Abbotsford, and these grants demonstrate ACF’s ongoing commitment to inspiring, impacting and investing in our community,” she said.

Interested applicants are asked to visit the grants section at abbotsfordcf.org to find the program guidelines, which involve both a letter of intent (LOI) and an application process.

RELATED: Five Abbotsford farms receive grants

Those applicants for whom their LOI is given a green light will be sent the full application package.

Deadlines to submit the LOI are April 3, and the full application is due by April 20.

ACF is partnering with the City of Abbotsford in this program.

Information cards for the grants will be available at their booth at the Pacific Agricultural Show from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 at Tradex.

Contact Wendy Neufeld at wendyneufeld@abbotsfordcf.org or 604-850-3755 for more information.

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