Homegrown Innovation Challenge

The Homegrown Innovation Challenge launched by the Weston Family Foundation in February 2022, will award $33M in total over six years, and an innovation team making it to the end of the Challenge can receive grants totaling up to $8M and for the innovation team that progresses through the three phases of the Challenge and wins the final awards

The Challenge is made up of three distinct stages: Spark Phase; Shepherd Phase & Scaling Phase

Phase Description Deadline
Spark Phase including Spark Awards $50K to help bring together a team and develop a full proposal for the Shepherd Phase) May 3, 2022
Shepherd Phase $1M to build out a small proof of concept. Applying to the Spark Phase is not a prerequisite to apply for the Shepherd Phase. December 20, 2022
Scaling Phase The top four teams selected from the Shepherd Phase will be awarded up to $5 million each across three years to build and demonstrate their system at farm scale in Canada, providing the judging panel with evidence that it has produced berries out of season during the trial September 2024


Eligibility Criteria:

Multi-stakeholder teams are encouraged to apply; the lead organization must be a CRA-qualified donee (QD), though non-QDs (including international and for-profit entities) can participate as part of a team. More info on eligibility criteria can be found here

Webinar:

You can register here for the upcoming informational webinar on April 13, 2022 at 1 pm ET. Materials from the previous webinar on March 9, 2022 can be found here.

Application submission:

Application forms will be completed via our SmartSimple online portal. The portal for Spark Awards is now live and can be accessed here

For more information please check the Homegrown Innovation Challenge website or contact HGC staff at challenge@westonfoundation.ca

Upcoming Deadlines

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Internal
December 20, 2022December 20, 2022 Verified Date
December 15, 2022 Dec. 15, 2022 December 15, 2022 16:00:00 December 15, 2022 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Homegrown Innovation Challenge The Weston Family Foundation recently launched the Homegrown Innovation Challenge, a $33-million program delivered over six years, will identify teams and support the development of tools and technologies that enable Canadian farmers and producers to sustainably and competitively grow berries out of season. Kindly click on the above link for details on this opportunity. .
May 03, 2023May 03, 2023 *
April 28, 2023 Apr. 28, 2023 April 28, 2023 16:00:00 April 28, 2023 16:00:00 America/Vancouver Application Deadline: Homegrown Innovation Challenge The Weston Family Foundation recently launched the Homegrown Innovation Challenge, a $33-million program delivered over six years, will identify teams and support the development of tools and technologies that enable Canadian farmers and producers to sustainably and competitively grow berries out of season. Kindly click on the above link for details on this opportunity. .
* NOTE: This deadline is an estimate based on previous years, but a confirmed deadline has not yet been published. We will update the deadline when it has been confirmed.
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