Submitted by Andrea Habinski, Sioux Lookout Community Co-ordinator, Cloverbelt Local Food Co-op
The first intake of the SNAPP (Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity) Funding Program was a major success here in the Northwest region. Twelve projects from our region were approved for a total of $67,548.69 in funding. The success of these projects will directly support the expansion of food production and processing operations in our region.
Successful projects included root cellars and cold storage equipment, equipment and technologies for new product development, and equipment like vegetable washers to increase productivity and efficiency on farms. For a full list of successful applicants from the Northwest, visit the RAIN website: www.rainalgoma.ca/snapp/grants/
One local successful applicant of the first intake was Brule Creek Farms. They received funding to purchase a used harvester. Previously using borrowed machinery, this equipment will allow them to harvest their crops when most appropriate and in a more efficient manner.
It is hoped that the second intake will see continued success for applicants in the Northwest. Applications for the second intake are being accepted until August 31st. Approvals will be announced in September and a third intake period will open on December 1st.
This program is an excellent opportunity for local food producers and processors to expand and diversify their production. Individual applicants with eligible projects can receive up to $5,000 in funding at a 75% cost share. Collaborations of 3 or more entities are eligible for up to $15,000 in funding at a 75% cost share. Visit the SNAPP website for more details on the program and applying: www.rainalgoma.ca/snapp
For program support from your area outreach assistant, please contact Andrea Habinski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 807-221-3293 ext. 26