BFICSS Seed Production Capacity Building Grants
The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, in partnership with host organizations and expert seed savers across Canada, has been offering training on seed production since 2013. There are also excellent training opportunities offered by organizations outside our program. However, some of these opportunities can be difficult for many to attend because of the significant travel, accommodation, and/or registration costs.

Our Seed Production Capacity Building Grant program is designed to support individuals interested in accessing training opportunities on seed production, but who may be unable to do so because of the associated financial costs. Growers can apply for up to $500 to access training opportunities on ecological field crop seed and/or vegetable seed production not directly offered by The Bauta Family Seed Initiative. Examples of these training opportunities can include, but are not limited to:

- Organic Seed Alliance Conference: Corvallis, OR - February 14-17, 2018
- Northern Grain Growers Annual Conference, Essex, Vermont, March 22, 2018
- COG Online Organic Vegetable Seed Production Course: Apr. 9 - Nov. 2, 2018
- Kneading Conference, Clinton, ME, July 26-27, 2018
- The Grain Gathering: Washington State University, WA - July 26-28, 2018

Eligible training opportunities must focus on improving the quality, quantity, and diversity of growing vegetable and field crop seeds. Preference will be given to training opportunities that carry significant travel, registration, and/or accommodation costs for the applicant.

Grants are aimed for seed producers, farmers, farm workers, and students interested in advancing their skills in ecological seed production. Others excited to build their capacity and understanding of seed production are welcome to apply.

Grants will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
- Uniqueness of the training opportunity relative to other training opportunities
- Effectiveness of the training opportunity on achieving the learning objectives identified
- Impact of the contribution of the grant on the applicant’s ability to access the training opportunity

There is a limit of 1 event per applicant (up to 2 applicants per farm) per calendar year. Eligible costs include travel expenses and registration fees. Applications will be considered until all available funds are allocated up to January 31, 2019 and activities must take place before January 31, 2019.

If you have any questions regarding this grant, please contact the BFICSS coordinator in your region: http://seedsecurity.ca/en/about/regions.

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