Industry and Market Development Program

This IMD Fund is designed to support capacity development in the livestock and meat industry. The areas of focus for the IMD Fund include:

Support knowledge discovery and knowledge transfer in the areas of public trust, innovation, sustainability and climate change

1. Support knowledge discovery and knowledge transfer in the areas that address barriers to industry competitiveness

2. Support the piloting or pilot projects of new technology, innovations, or business practices in the ministry’s priority areas

3. Development of strategies and tools for consumer engagement, education and communication, competitiveness and profitability, leadership and industry engagement.

Eligible Applicants:

1. Industry Organizations serving the livestock industry.

2. Educational institutions including universities, colleges and technical schools.

3. Agencies Boards and Commissions, Associations that are registered and operating in Alberta

Eligible Expenses:

1. Project management and consulting fees justified as essential to the project

2. Travel to project sites, to present to or discuss project with managers and/or policy makers

3. Travel for information gathering or dissemination purposes or to attend trade shows

4. Cost of supplies directly required for the project

5. Costs associated with industry capacity and capability development, skills and leadership development, new business model creation, education and training.

6. Cost associated with consumer engagement, education, communication and awareness

7. Cost associated with industry capacity and capability development, skills and leadership development, new business model creation, education and training

8. Eligible capital expenses as approved by the minister, may include expenses related to the design, development, acquisition and installation of machinery and equipment for educational purposes.

Funding Levels:

Funding is limited. Applications completed to the satisfaction of the Minister will be considered for approval on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to funding constraints. The IMD Fund provides grants on a cost-shared basis to cover Eligible Expenses for approved Projects up to a maximum of $250,000 per Applicant per Fiscal year. Eligible expenses shall be cost shared 75% grant and 25% Applicant.

How do I apply for this program?

Applications must be delivered electronically and one hardcopy with original signature to the following:

Industry and Market Development Fund Application Form

Jeff Millang

Director, Livestock and Farm Business Section

Livestock Research and Extension Branch

Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

#201 5030 – 50th St., Olds, AB T4H 1S1

Phone – 403-556-4326

Fax – 403-556-7545