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2021 Grains Innovation Fund is now open for applications

Grain Farmers of Ontario is the province’s largest commodity organization, representing Ontario’s 28,000 barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat farmers. The crops they grow cover 6 million acres of farm land across the province, generate over $4.1 billion in farm gate receipts, result in over $18 billion in economic output and are responsible for over 75,000 jobs in the province.

Under this Market Development initiative, funding is available to support development of new and reformulated products and processes which have the potential to expand the market for Ontario barley, corn, oat, soybean and wheat crops or crop residues.

Projects which satisfy the eligibility criteria established for this fund can receive up to 60% of the cost of the project, up to a maximum of $50,000. Applications will be accepted until 4 pm on Friday, October 30th, 2020.

Interested companies are encouraged to contact Grain Farmers of Ontario before preparing and submitting an application to discuss your project idea. Grain Farmers of Ontario can provide feedback on whether your project meets the program criteria. Contact Justin Shepherd at or 1-519-837-2285.

To qualify for a partnership with Grain Farmers of Ontario and receive monetary support under this fund a company must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Grain Farmers of Ontario that the project utilizes a minimum of 40 metric tonnes per year of Ontario barley, corn, oats, soybeans or wheat crops or crop residues. The project must also meet at least one of the following criteria:

  1. Open new markets for Ontario grains or grain residues,
  2. Expand the use of, and demand for, Ontario grains or grain residues,
  3. Promote Ontario grains or grain residues as the best choice,
  4. Identity preserve varieties for novel uses,
  5. And/or increase the value (premiums) of Ontario grains or grain residues.