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Province Renews Buy Local Grants Program

Are you a business or organization in the Township that makes and sells local food or beverages? If so, you could be eligible for a provincial grant program.

BC's Buy Local program is accepting applications until November 10 to help the competitiveness, profitability, and sustainability of BC agriculture and agri-food. The program promises to match funding for projects that promote foods grown, raised, harvested or processed in BC.

Administered through the Investment Agriculture Foundation (IAF) of BC, the Buy Local program supports projects that increase local consumer demand and sales of BC agri-foods. These projects could be anything from pursuing a local marketing or export opportunity to enhancing environmental sustainability to developing a new product or process.

There are three application deadlines remaining for the 2017/18 Buy Local funding: July 21, September 22, and November 10.

If your grant is approved, the activities or projects in your application cannot begin until funding is approved. Funding is not retroactive, so it’s important to gauge your application submission with the objectives of your grant application.

Last year, seven businesses received a combined total of $281,460 of Buy Local funding in the Fraser Valley.

Doug and Sandra of Gramma Dee’s Gourmet Snacks are using their Buy Local grant to promote and market their cheese bread and chocolate cake mix. Their vegetarian and gluten-free foods can be found in grocery stores from BC to Manitoba.

Last year, seven businesses received a combined total of $281,460 of Buy Local funding in the Fraser Valley.

Other Township agri-businesses that have benefitted from the Buy Local Grant are: Backyard Vineyards, Dead Frog Brewery, Driediger Farms, Gojoy Berries, and Vista D’Oro Farms & Winery.

IAF is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization, formed in 1996 to represent the agriculture, food processing, farm supply, and post-farm gate sectors across British Columbia. For more information, visit the IAFBC website . The online application can be found at iafbc.ca .