FAQs

The Women in Ag Grant is brought to you by the Credit Unions of Alberta.

The Women in Ag Grant provides an opportunity for Alberta-based women who are currently working in or planning to work in the agriculture industry to apply for funding to put towards their ag business’ financial future.

Two Grants of $10,000 will be awarded to two individuals or businesses. For full Grant details, review the overview page here. For Rules + Regulations, including eligibility criteria and conditions of acceptance, review the page here. Outlined below you will find Grant FAQs.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the Women in Ag Grant?
    • The Grant provides an opportunity for Alberta-based women who currently work, or are planning to work in agriculture, to apply for funding to put towards their ag business’ financial future.
  • What is the amount of the Grant?
    • We are awarding two (2) Grants of $10,000. Two individuals will receive $10,000 deposited into a account at their local Alberta credit union.
  • Who is eligible to apply for the Grant?
    • Please see the eligibility criteria here.
  • How do I apply?
    • Apply using the online form. The form link will be posted once the grant launches for 2024. Please note that due to demand, only the first 150 applicants will be selected.
  • What if I am not one of the first 150 applicants?
    • Due to high demand and limited resources, only the first 150 applicants will be accepted, after which the form will close. We encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.
  • How do I know if I meet the definition of woman in order to apply?
    • The Women in Ag Grant uses an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, and we welcome women and individuals who self-identify as women to apply.
  • If I currently work in agriculture, how do I demonstrate that I work in the sector in order to apply?
    • We ask all applicants who are currently employed in the agriculture sector to submit their business number when applying, whether their business is a sole proprietorship, partnership or corporation.
      • In the case of a corporation, the woman applying must either hold 35% of the beneficial ownership of the corporation or be listed as a director or officer on the Alberta corporate registries search.
    • For women who are employees with an existing agriculture business, they must provide a document outlining the business name, their role, their direct manager’s name and contact information, and relation to company ownership (if applicable).
    • The Women in Ag Grant selection committee may request additional documentation such as income tax data or business registration documents in order to shortlist applicants.
  • If I want to work in agriculture but am not employed in the sector yet, can I still apply?
    • Those who are interested in starting a career in agriculture are welcome to apply for the Women in Ag Grant, however, they must submit additional documentation such as a business plan (as outlined in the Rules + Regulations).
  • What are the application requirements for the Women in Ag Grant?
    • Complete the application form outlining identification requirements and answering the six application questions found here.
    • Additional requirements such as identification and/or business documentation may be requested following shortlisting.
  • What can I use the Grant for?
    • The Grant funds can be used in any way that furthers the agriculture business’ financial future.
  • If I am awarded a Grant, do I have to pay it back?
    • No, the Grant does not need to be paid back.
  • Is the Grant taxable?
    • Yes, any monies received from the Grant would need to be reported on your tax return as income.
  • Do I get anything else if I am selected?
  • Who can I reach out to if I have questions?
  • How will I know that you’ve received my application?
    • You will receive an automatic onscreen pop-up thanking you for your application.
  • Who is offering this Grant?
    • The Women in Ag Grant is presented by the Credit Unions of Alberta. The Credit Unions of Alberta represents the 13 credit unions with nearly 200 branches across the province, serving communities large and small.
  • What is a credit union?
    • Credit unions are community-based cooperative organizations that offer the same products and services as other financial institutions and a network of surcharge-free ATMs and innovative online banking platforms and mobile apps. But unlike banks, credit unions are owned and operated by our members. That means when you join a credit union, you have a say in how we operate and how your money is invested back into the community. And it means you get money back every year – when a credit union makes a profit, we share it back with members in the form of annual returns. Learn more: albertacreditunions.com/
  • Who do I contact if I would like to conduct a media interview about this grant?

 

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