AAC Sectoral Collaboration Initiative

Pathfinding and Positioning AAC Member Organizations for the Future

Background

The purpose of the AAC Sectoral Collaboration Initiative (ASCI) is to provide flexible funding for Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) member organizations. This initiative encourages AAC members to connect and work together through sectoral collaborations to undertake analysis and assessment resulting in information and insights that will help with data-driven decision making and business cases to prepare the industry for the future. Project benefits should accrue to the AAC membership.

The initiative is intended to address sectoral gaps, issues, and opportunities to assist the industry in preparing for future funding opportunities, the next policy framework and post-pandemic recovery.

AAC believes it has a critical role to play to support the industry in efforts to collaborate across the sector and will leverage the organization’s strategic initiative funds to do so.

What is a Sectoral Collaboration?

AAC has over 60 member organizations, across eight sectoral groups (https://adaptcouncil.org/member-org). Projects under the AAC Sectoral Collaboration Initiative must be led by sectoral collaborations that are comprised of a minimum of two AAC member organizations. AAC encourages organizations to collaborate within their sectoral group or with cross-sectoral groups. It is requirement that all organizations are actively involved and contributing cash to the project. Sectoral collaborations can also include additional non-member organizations that are actively involved and contributing cash to the project.

Sectoral collaborations must identify a Lead Organization that is an AAC member in good standing. The Lead Organization will be responsible for:

  • Submitting the application and acting as the main project contact with AAC
  • Collecting cash contributions and cash flowing all project expenses
  • Submitting the final claim and reporting to AAC

What types of projects can be funded?

The following provides examples of projects that could be funded through the AAC Sectoral Collaboration Initiative:

  • facilitating conversations and strategic thinking to evaluate and develop solutions for sector-identified gaps
  • improving and strengthening cross-sectoral relationships to address and document sector needs
  • bringing organizations together to discuss and compile policies and processes that are important for their sector
  • identifying and preparing a business case to mitigate risks and respond to domestic or international opportunities
  • conducting an analysis and developing an action plan for the sector to move forward in a cohesive manner

If your sectoral collaboration has a project idea that isn’t reflected above, email info@adaptcouncil.org and tell us more!

How much funding is available?

  • A notional allocation of $1 million dollars will be made available from AAC’s strategic initiatives fund.
  • Total project costs should be between $20,000 and $100,000. The matching funding from AAC will be 50% of total project costs (between $10,000 and $50,000).
  • Funding requests up to 75% may be considered for organizations with demonstrated need and/or projects where there is broad industry benefit.
  • Projects exceeding a total project cost of $100,000 may also be considered if multiple AAC member organizations are working together and there is broad industry benefit.

What costs can be funded?

Eligible costs include:

  • Reasonable and incremental costs necessary to complete an approved project
  • Costs incurred, invoiced and paid for by the Lead Organization between January 17, 2022 and September 30, 2022
  • Goods and services that are arm’s length to all sectoral collaboration members
  • Per diem fees for personnel and consultants working directly on the project
  • Labour costs such as contract salaries and stipend for Highly Qualified Personnel (meaning individuals who are registered in Masters, or PhD programs or who have recently graduated) and
  • Communications costs including, but not limited to: design, printing, translation, meeting room rentals, etc.

What cost are not eligible?

Ineligible costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Expenses incurred prior to January 17, 2022, and after September 30, 2022 (deposits paid prior to January 17, 2022, and pre-payment for services provided after September 30 are ineligible)
  • Costs not specifically required to complete an approved project
  • Goods and services provided by the federal and/or provincial government departments or agencies
  • Normal business expenses and overhead including, but not limited to: office supplies, salaries, hydro, insurance, vehicles, etc.
  • Costs related to activities that directly influence or lobby any level of government
  • Sponsorship of conferences and learning events or initiatives
  • Gifts and incentives including, but not limited to gift cards for participants, prizes, etc. and
  • Expenses that are not arm's length to the sectoral collaboration

How will the results be shared?

Sectoral collaborations are encouraged to share their project results within the collaboration. All of the sectoral collaborations will be invited to participate in an AAC event in late 2022 to share the high-level results of these projects with other AAC member organizations and broader industry stakeholders.

What are the timelines?

  • The earliest project start date and application deadline is Monday, January 17, 2022.
  • Final funding decisions will be made by the AAC board in February 2022.
  • All project activities must be completed and expenses incurred by Friday, September 30, 2022.
  • Final claims and reporting must be submitted to AAC no later than Friday, October 14, 2022.