The Rural Agri-Innovation Network, a project of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC) and NORDIK Institute, announced a new funding initiative for local food and agricultural producers in Northern Ontario.
The $290,000 in funding for the SNAP Program, provided by the Northern Ontario Development Program through FedNor, will be administered by a group of organizations from across the north.
“In Northern Ontario, many agriculture and food businesses have difficulty funding equipment purchases for value-added processing. The SNAP Program will provide funding to support this need, and result in more agriculture and food products being produced in the north,” said Errol Caldwell, Co-Chair, Rural Agri-Innovation Network.
The SNAP Program will be accepting applications from April 24, 2014 through to September 1, 2014.
“We understand this is a busy time of year for farmers and agricultural businesses, but the SNAP Program is a great opportunity to purchase equipment for the growing season that can increase business and sales,” explained Peggy Baillie, Managing Director, Eat Local Sudbury Cooperative.
For more information on the SNAP Program, including application forms and contact information, please visit www.rainalgoma.ca/SNAP.