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Business Management Skills Development Program

Business Management Skills Development Program

Terms and Conditions

Application Form - Individual Applicant

Application Form - Group Applicant


Program purpose statement

The purpose of this program is to help Albertas new or established producers, agri-processing companies and agricultural organizations improve their business management skills, enhancing the industry’s competitiveness and sustainability.

Program description

Under the Growing Forward 2 Business Management Skills Development Program, successful applicants are eligible for reimbursement for 75% of eligible costs for approved business skills development training courses.

  • Established agriculture producers, new producers, agri-processing industry staff and producer groups will be reimbursed for 75% of tuition fees or the cost to hire an instructor for a group skill training course.
  • Maximum payments: Individuals can apply for multiple projects to a maximum of $10,000 per individual for the life of the program. Groups can apply for multiple projects to a maximum of $20,000 per application and a maximum of $40,000 for the life of the program.

Am I eligible for this program?

The following groups are eligible to apply for funding:

  • Producers in Alberta who have an established primary business in the production of crops or livestock.
  • Agri-food processors with an established business in Alberta, including owners and senior managers.
  • New entrants into Alberta’s agriculture and agri-food industry who will have a primary business in production of crops or livestock, or a processing business.
  • Senior managers, executive directors or directors on a board that represents an agricultural organizations or processor.
  • Agricultural organizations seeking training for their organization or board members.

How do I apply for this program?

  1. Determine whether you are eligible - Refer to the Business Management Skills Development Program’s Terms and Conditions.
  2. Ensure that the project activities are eligible - Eligible activities are listed in the program’s Terms and Conditions.
  3. Select the appropriate Application Form – Individual primary producers and individual New Entrants select the Individual Applicants application. If you are an executive director or a director on the board of directors of an agricultural organizations or processor; or an owner or senior manager of an agricultural organizations or processor industry, select the Group Applicants application. If you are an agricultural organizations or processor applying for training for a group of their board members, select the Group Applicants application.
  4. Complete the Application Form - Applications should include a learning plan, noting learning outcomes and documented costs, before funds can be approved.
  5. You must submit your application prior to starting the courses/programs listed in it.
  6. Once completed, send your application and supporting documents by mail to:


Agriculture and Forestry

Growing Forward 2 Grant Manager

6547 Sparrow Drive

Leduc, Alberta

T9E 7C7


Applications will only be accepted by mail.

If you have questions about the application process, please contact:

Stephanie Kosinski at (780) 980-4888 or


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Program Contact

Stephanie Kosinski

(780) 980-4888

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