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The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership Value-Added Program supports the diversification and growth of Alberta’s value-added food and bio-industrial processors through investment in projects that increase company sales and production capacity, expand market opportunities and create jobs in Alberta.
The program has 2 streams:
- Value-Added Stream A: (maximum grant $50,000) applications are assessed based on eligibility criteria
- Value-Added Stream B: (grant over $50,000 to maximum grant $250,000) applications are assessed based on eligibility criteria and merit scoring
The appropriate stream will be determined by the program area, based on review of the budget sheet for eligible project expenses and activities.
Eligible capital expenses shall be cost-shared at 25% grant and 75% applicant.
Eligible non-capital expenses shall be cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant up to a maximum total amount of $50,000. The $50,000 maximum includes a $5,000 maximum for travel expenses.
For more information, see Value-Added Program Terms and Conditions (PDF, 360 KB).
To be eligible, an applicant must be:
- a bio-industrial processor or food processor that is in the business of changing an agricultural product into a value-added product
- an individual or a corporation registered in Alberta that is operating in Alberta, or that can establish to the satisfaction of the minister that it will operate in Alberta
For the purposes of Stream B, an applicant must also have $100,000 or greater in global annual gross sales at the time of application.
The province is committed to supporting the success of Indigenous businesses in the agriculture and food sector. We understand that Indigenous businesses may have distinct characteristics reflective of regulatory, operational, cultural, and other factors affecting their business history and operation. We aim for flexibility in our programs. If you are interested in applying for the program but have questions about the application process or eligibility requirements, contact program staff at
Applicants can apply for activities under one or more of these funding categories:
- processing capacity expansion
- food safety improvement
- new product and process development
- market development and access
For more information: Value-Added Program Funding List (PDF, 337 KB)
How to apply
Step 1: Check your eligibility
Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the Value-Added Program Terms and Conditions.
Confirm that your proposed activities are ‘eligible activities’ listed in the Funding List.
Complete all sections of the application form. If you have questions on eligibility or program criteria, e-mail [email protected] and a grant specialist will assist you.
Step 2: Complete application form
Complete and sign the Value-Added Program Application form.
Please read ‘Part F: Certification’ carefully before you sign. Note that only original signatures will be accepted (electronic or digital signatures are not acceptable).
Step 3: Submit application form
Submit the completed Application Form and supporting documents by 11:59 pm MST on May 15, 2023:
Send PDF applications only to: [email protected]
Value-Added Program, Sustainable CAP
Trade, Investment and Food Safety Division
Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation
Suite 301, 7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5T6
What happens next
Once you have submitted your application and documentation you may be contacted for additional information.
Total processing time objective is up to 23 weeks from the program closing date to receiving notification of a decision on project support.
- VAP Terms and Conditions (PDF, 360 KB)
- VAP Funding List (PDF, 337 KB)
- VAP Sample Approval Letter (PDF, 305 KB)
- VAP Sample Approval Letter Grant Terms (PDF, 470 KB)
- VAP Sample Grant Agreement (PDF, 655 KB)
- Travel Expense Policy (PDF, 284 KB)
- Ministerial Grants Regulation
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