Potential Partners

Agricultural/ Farm funding 

Vancity’s Community Partnership Program,  funded through our Shared  Success program, welcomes opportunities to work with local not-for-profit  organizations, social enterprises, co-operatives, labour unions, First Nation governments that align with our values. Projects  considered for investment through the Community Partnership Program will focus  on the following three areas where we feel we can make the most impact in  creating healthy communities. These themes of co-operative principles and practices, social justice and financial inclusion, and environmental sustainability are Vancity’s guiding principles and  they are core to our vision, values and mission as a member-owned financial  co-operative. We will only consider investing in projects that have measurable  results within one or more of these guiding principles:

Maximum funding amount : $10,000.



Farm Grants & Funding Finder

This tool is made available to help determine if your Farm can qualify for Funding Programs! New funding for Farms & On-Farm Businesses are available now. There is no funding for cannabis related businesses. If you currently own farm or are actively starting a farm, have reasonable business goals, and are ready to take your Farm to the next level: You could be eligible for $15,000-750,000 in Government Grants, Government Secured Loans, or Government Subsidies to support some of your expansion and business costs. Already have funding? There are still government programs available to you! 

https://farmgrants.ca/farm-business-funding-finder/Agriculture and

 Agri-Food Canada

+ AgriCompetitiveness Program

Step 1. What this program offersThe AgriCompetitiveness Program aims to help the agricultural sector to leverage, coordinate and build on existing capacity, enhance safety, adapt to changing commercial and regulatory environments, seize new opportunities, share best practices, and provide mentorship opportunities. It will accomplish these goals by supporting industry to build on existing capacity by facilitating the sharing and expansion of skills, knowledge, and best practices, and increase agricultural awareness. It will also provide for activities that allow agri-businesses to transition, adapt, and improve their profitability by nurturing the entrepreneurial capacity of new and established farmers, delivering farm safety initiatives, and cultivating individual and industry leadership.

Step 2. Who is eligibleEligible applicants under the AgriCompetitiveness Program are not-for-profit organizations that operate solely for social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure or recreation, any other purpose except profit. 


+ AgriDiversity Program

Step 1. What this program offers. The AgriDiversity Program aims to help under-represented groups in Canadian agriculture, including youth, women, Indigenous Peoples, and persons with disabilities, to fully participate in the sector by helping these groups address the key issues and barriers they often face for sector participation.The program will help to strengthen the sector and build its capacity by:

  • helping diverse groups to better develop their skills to take on a greater leadership role 
  • building the entrepreneurial capacity and business skills of under-represented groups 
  • facilitating the sharing of industry experience, best practices and knowledge to help under-represented groups to manage transformation and adapt to changes in business operations 
  • strengthening the sector by incorporating the views of a greater diversity of industry players 

If approved, support is available in the form of non-repayable contributions support from
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC).Step 2. Who is eligibleEligible applicants under the AgriDiversity Program are not-for-profit organizations that operate nationally in Canada.Footnote: Associations should operate on a national basis. Consideration may be given to regional not-for-profit associations if there is no representation at the national level, and the applicant can demonstrate the ability to deliver a project that is national, and/or agriculture and agri-food sector wide in scope. 


+ Youth Employment and Skills Program

Step 1. What this program offers Youth Employment and Skills Program provides funding to organizations for the creation of agricultural internships that provide career-related work experiences to youth and youth facing barriers. Employers must apply on or after June 3, 2019 for their project to be considered. Approved projects will be eligible to receive 50% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum of $14,000 in matching funds. Approved applicants that are Indigenous or non-profit are eligible to receive 80% funding up to the maximum $14,000 in funds. Approved projects that hire a youth facing barriers may receive 80% of total eligible costs, up to a maximum $14,000. They may be eligible to receive an additional $5,000 to cover extra costs associated with hiring and supporting youth facing barriers. Applications will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.

Step 2. Who is eligible

Eligible employers are organizations who can offer projects that will give employees:

  • agriculture career-related work experiences in Canada 
  • skills acquisition through mentoring and coaching 

Note: eligible applicants must be legal entities capable of entering into legally binding agreements.Eligible projectsProjects must offer the employee meaningful work (internship) that should last a minimum of four months and must be completed by March 31st, 2020. The project must last long enough to give the employee significant experience and possibly lead to long-term employment or self-employment.


+ Canadian Agricultural Loans Act program

The Canadian Agricultural Loans Act (CALA) Program is a loan guarantee program designed to increase the availability of loans to farmers and agricultural co-operatives. Farmers can use these loans to establish, improve, and develop farms, while agricultural co-operatives may also access loans to process, distribute, or market the products of farming. http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/?id=1288035482429

RED Academy – students work pro bono to build a website, will do branding https://redacademy.com/vancouver/

Community Partner application -


"If you are out to create an impact in the world, and are looking for a website, an app, or a marketing strategy, RED students are coached and trained to work with you as their client, to produce industry-quality work." They'll need content the website content prepared and organized.

Programs (funding) – Africa, West Africa, Nigeria

Impact – Partnership Africa Canada (Blood diamonds)


Stephen Lewis Foundation (AIDS)


Global Affairs Canada is partnering with Forum Afrique Expansion


CAP Network – Canadian and African Partnerships

Our mission is to facilitate partnerships between Canadian and African communities to advance community development efforts. By working together we are increasing collective impact, enabling support for African community-led development efforts and building solidarity for a more equitable, healthy and sustainable future.


International Fund for Agricultural Development – IFAD

Project design and management

Designing result-based programmes and projects that transform lives.

IFAD supports innovative projects that target extremely poor and food-insecure people in rural areas. They are inclusive of women, youth and indigenous peoples.

Our bottom-up approach is community-driven. Small-scale agriculture is central to our model—and to world food security.

Funding Options

Music & Festivals

Creative BC


LUSH – Charity Pot funding The grants are up to $25,000. There is also recognition on their packaging. https://www.lush.ca/en/article_funding-and-application-guidelines.html(Research)

 Here the Beat – The Economic Impact of Live Music in BC (2018)https://canadianlivemusic.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Here-the-Beat-The-Economic-Impact-of-Live-Music-in-BC.pdf