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Grants, Business Loans & Support

CFYE receives many requests regarding grant listings. Though our office doesn't offer grants, we help direct people to resources.

An understanding about grants, to start:

  • Grants are often awarded to existing market niches or to encourage and support new market space.
  • Grants are non-repayable and intended for long-term sustainability, specific projects, job creation, and are rarely for operating capital.
  • Your organization's business structure is an important element that determines eligibility.
Items listed below are grants and loans for non-profit and for-profit organizations, and are great starting points on your search for financial resources:





To off-shoot from there, begin searches for a specific industry or pillar:

  • Alberta Innovates
  • Black Entrepreneur Loan Fund - (*loan) Access $25,000 - $250,000
  • Rise Helps - (*loan) Dedicated to empowering people with mental health and addiction challenges to achieve greater social and economic inclusion through entrepreneurship
  • Telus #StandWithOwners - Apply for a chance to receive $25,000 in funding, advertising, and technology
  • Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities - Fund projects that support individuals, employers and others that work to support disability inclusion and accessibility in employment
  • Fast Track To Financing Program - (*loan) Supports projects that help to create strong business or commercialization plans to attract public financing or private investment to support the development, and eventual market entry, of natural product or technologies
  • Canada Digital Adoption Program - help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost or help digitalize your business's operations. CDAP provides funding and support to businesses, as well as training and work opportunities for young Canadians
  • Film and Television Tax Credit - offers a refundable Alberta tax credit certificate on eligible Alberta production and labour costs to corporations that produce films, television series and other eligible screen-based productions
  • Sustainable Development Technology Fund - non-repayable fund for your pre-commercial technology that helps fight climate change, or deals with clean air, water and soil
  • Canadian Apprenticeship Services - providing employers with financial incentives and free training for first year apprentices



Agriculture & Agri-Food
  • Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment - aims to help supply-managed poultry and egg producers adapt to market changes (age 35 and under)
  • Matching Investment Fund - provides non-repayable contributions for product development projects on a matching investment basis
  • AgriCommunication Program - non-repayable contribution to projects supporting activities which increase appreciation and pride in the contributions of farmers and food industry, and enhance public trust.
  • Emerging Opportunities - Agriculture and Food Sustainability Assurance Initiative, Efficient Grain Handling Program, Emerging Opportunities Program, Farm Technology Program, Market Assurance Program, Water Program, Youth Agriculture Education Program
  • Innovation Booster - provides flexible and rapid support on a cost-shared basis to enable small- or medium-sized enterprises to advance their food innovation and research outcomes
  • Canada Pavilion Program - aimed at making trade show participation easier at the world’s premier food and beverage events
  • AgriValue Processing Business Incubator - supports new food businesses and established food manufacturers
  • Thrive Academy - focused on supporting idea stage and pre-seed stage startups in the agri-food tech sector; 12 week program
  • Agri-Food Products & Services Export Catalogue - connecting international buyers with Alberta product and service suppliers
  • Alberta Food Directories - connecting Alberta-based food processors and producers with buyers to promote locally-produced food
  • Agri-Food and Bioindustrial Innovation Program - aims to 1) Sustain, grow and optimize productivity and reduce the cost of production  2) Add value to enhanced and new commodities in the agri-food and bioindustrial sectors  3) Increase environmental sustainability and social benefits for Albertans
  • Water Program - directly supports the enhancement of agricultural water management
  • Women Entrepreneur Program - (*loan) FCC is committed to empowering women in agriculture, agribusiness and food
  • FarmCash - (*loan) cash advance program from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is a valuable financing tool that supports the working capital needs of your farm when you need it
Non-Profit: Community & Youth-Focused Grants
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