Funding Research & Development

E-FC funds Research & Development with mentorship programs to the equestrian industry across North America. We also advise our members on programs that may be beneficial for them to apply for.

Through our gracious donors, and government funding we can proceed with much needed Equestrian research into biosecurity, bedding sources, stall barn, and paddock design as well as technologies and security from within our Industry.

We work with government programs to help mentor and incentives our youth to be part of Agriculture, the environment and the equestrian industry.

We are pleased to showcase the USDA and with Since 1988, SARE has funded more than 6,700 projects with grants for farmers, ranchers, extension agents and educators, researchers, nonprofits, students, communities and others.

We also work with Grant programs and sponsors such as, but not limited to:

Innovate BC

Agri-Food Capital Corp

BC Enterprise


Growing Forward 2 Federal Canada programs

USDA (United states dept of Agriculture)

CFIA - biosecurity

University of Guelph

University of Florida




The agricultural industry has been an increasing focus of the Canadian Government’s business support efforts. The Government is helping Canadian agriculture companies with R&D initiatives to combat environmental challenges, export expansion initiatives, and general operational improvements. Below are some of the top agricultural funding program available to Canadian businesses in the industry:

1. Agri-Opportunities Program

Amount: ≤$10 million – 1/3 of eligible costs – Not currently open
Description: The Agri-Opportunities Program aims to accelerate the commercialization of new agricultural products, processes or services that are currently not produced or commercially available in Canada, and are ready to be introduced to the marketplace.

2. Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program

Amount: Case-by-Case – total gov’t funding cannot exceed 85%. Largest amount given $5M
Description: Facilitate the agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector’s ability to seize opportunities, respond to new and emerging issues and pilot solutions to new and ongoing issues in order to adapt and remain competitive.

3. AgriMarketing Program

Amount: $50,000
Description: If your agricultural business is export-ready, you could access up to $50,000 to market your agricultural products in international markets. The financing can be used for: advertising, promotions and product demonstrations, trade shows, teaching foreign buyers about your products, and trade missions.

4. Community Futures Program – Ontario

Amount: $150,000 loan
Description: Loan available to businesses in rural areas on Southern Ontario to help grow their business.

5. AgriProcessing Initiative

Amount: $2M, 50% of eligible costs – loan
Description: The initiative is designed to enhance the competitiveness of the agri-processing sector in Canada. It provides support to existing processing companies for agri-processing projects that involve the adoption of innovative and new-to-company manufacturing technologies and processes that are essential to sustaining and improving the sector’s position in today’s global marketplace.

6. Food Safety Systems Development

Amount: $60,000 Phase 1, $1M Phase 2àup to 90% of project costs
Description: Supports organizations in developing national, government-recognized on-farm and/or post-farm Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) or HACCP-based food safety systems.

7. Sustainable Agriculture Environmental Systems

Description: Supports the development and availability of new and improved agricultural practices that address environmental challenges such as climate variability and crop, livestock, and water management in an economically sustainable manner.

Apply for Agricultural Funding

Each government funding program has its own dedicated website detailing the program, which you can visit by clicking on the name of the program you are interested in above. Alternatively, you can contact the Reinign Agency to have your specific funding questions answered directly by one of our experts. We also offer support services to help you complete the application process in order to maximize your funding success across all the top government funding programs.



For many agtech entrepreneurs and innovators, finding the cash flow to get their idea off the ground is the most important step, but it can be tricky to know where to look. Fortunately, there are several grants and programs geared toward fueling agriculture research and innovation. Here are a few that we have found:

  • Maintained through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) offers a variety of programs designed to provide investment in and advancement for agricultural research, education, and extension. Program participants typically involve organizations and individuals focused on solving societal challenges. NIFA’s programs are diverse and plentiful, including a Small Business Innovation Research Program, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Pest Management Programs, and a Specialty Crop Research Initiative. In April 2015, NIFA announcedthree grants designed to boost food security by minimizing livestock losses to insects and diseases. The awards to support research, education, and Extension efforts were made through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), which is authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.


  • Agricultural Technology Adoption Institute (ATAI): The mission of ATAI is to develop and test programs that help small-scale farmers in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa adopt and profitably use agtech. Twice a year, ATAI conducts a grant-making competition soliciting research proposals to either directly research technology adoption or to evaluate the impact of technology adoption. The eight-week selection process involves a proposal assessment, peer review scoring, and board review scoring.


  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation offers a robust program funding agricultural research and projects that help farming families increase production in a sustainable way while combating hunger and poverty around the globe. BMGF’s Agricultural Development initiative is one of the largest projects in the foundation. To date, the foundation has committed over $2 billion to the initiative. The Seattle-based initiative focuses on a few key areas, including research and development, livestock, and market access. The initiative engages in some direct solicitation while sending direct invitations to organizations and individuals whose work fits with the foundation’s goals. When it wants to broaden its investments, it sends out a Request for Proposal, either publicly or privately to targeted recipients.


  • The Rockefeller Foundation’s Food Waste and Spoilage Initiative explores and funds inventions that focus on, among other things, cost-effective, high-potential technologies that reduce food waste. Through its work, the initiative discovered that hermetic bags can reduce on-farm storage loss by more than 90 percent and that mobile processing units can help farmers reduce costs through sharing agreements. The foundation also feature’s an Oceans and Fisheries Initiative seeking to increase the health and productivity of local fisheries by decreasing unsustainable fishing pressures and providing equitable solutions for impoverished fishing communities. For information on specific grants available through these and other Rockefeller Foundation initiatives, click here.


  • The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation offers grants in a variety of sectors, including environmental conservation. The foundation’s Environment Program provides grants to organizations dedicated to conserving the North American West, expanding clean energy sources, and addressing climate change. For agtech entrepreneurs and startups focusing on providing farmers with more sustainable tools to help feed our ever-increasing population, the Environment Program could be a good fit.


  • The 2014 Farm Bill also created and refunded many programs to help farmers, ranchers, researchers, and entrepreneurs help ensure a bright future for agriculture. These programs target everything from Beginning & Socially Disadvantaged Farmers/Ranchers, Conservation, Food Safety, Local Food Systems, Organics, and Sustainability.

Grant opportunities don’t just exist for startups and entrepreneurs. Farmers who want to increase their tech knowledge or find out how to run their businesses better have quite an array of options. The U.S. Department of Agriculture alone hosts a variety of programs through its many branches.

  • Each year, the Risk Management Agency (RMA) announces the availability of funds for partnerships and cooperative agreements through the Federal Register, a publication used to announce proposed regulations. For 2015, RMA is offering $7 million in grants to create risk management education and training programs. RMA also provides crop insurance education in certain targeted states around the country. Through these programs, producers will receive assistance in understanding and using crop insurance programs as well as other risk management stratagies so they can make the best decisions for their operations. Offerings are typically introduced on July 1, 2015 and the deadline for applying is August 14, 2015.


  • The USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) oversees the Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP). The purpose of this program is to promote America’s growing network of farmers markets while creating new opportunities for farm and ranch operators serving local markets. The FMPP provides outreach, training, education, and technical assistance to domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture, agrotourism, and other direct-to-consumer market opportunities. In order to receive FMPP assistance, applicants must be domestic entities owned, operated, and located within the United States or one of its territories. Local governments, tribal governments, agricultural businesses and public benefits are eligible, in addition to many other entities and groups.

There are also a number of comprehensive databases that compile annual lists of grants and other support programs. The Foundation Center maintains the one of the most comprehensive databases of U.S. grant-makers and their grants. In addition to the Web site, there are five regional library/learning centers and a national network of more than 300 Cooperating Collections.

Created through a partnership of Federal Agencies, directs grant-seekers to over 900 programs offered across 26 Federal grant-making agencies. The site also offers an email notification service, letting eager grant-seekers know when a new funding for which they may be eligible is announced