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The third intake period for the Sustainable New Agri-Food Products & Productivity (SNAPP) funding program is open as of Dec. 1, with applications being accepted until Feb. 28.

SNAPP supports Northern Ontario agriculture and food producers, businesses, collaborations, communities, and First Nations by providing funding for projects involved in local food production.

The program offers funding at a 75 percent cost-share, with single applicants being eligible for up to $5,000 in funding while collaborators of three or more entities are eligible for up to $15,000.

So far, a total of five local business have been successful in receiving SNAPP funding during the first two intakes.

The Rural Agri-Innovation Network website states eligible projects may fall into one of three different streams: new products, season extension, or productivity enhancement.

New product projects are for producers looking to create primary or processed products that are new to the business, such as a new ready-to-eat processed product or the ability to produce a new farm product.

Season extension projects allow producers to extend their production or the seasonal availability of perishable items, such as money for the construction of greenhouses or cold-storage facilities.

Productivity enhancement projects use innovative technologies or processes to increase efficiency in an operation, such as animal tag reading technology, food packaging equipment, or food labelling equipment.

However, purchases of gifts or incentives, computer software, land, labour costs, inventory, and rolling stock (i.e., tractors, vans, or trucks) are not eligible for SNAPP funding.

Applications will need to include some sort of business registration, a business plan if the business is a start-up, and a Client Intake Form.

More information on the program, and the application process, can be found at www.rainalgoma.ca/snapp

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