As a result of the economic impact of COVID‑19, we are providing a one-time payment in 2021 to every eligible agricultural and horticultural society in Ontario.

Societies will receive this one-time 2021 grant payment in fall 2021.

The payment amount is based upon a society’s most recent grant payment (minus “Wet weather grant”) received under the Agricultural and Horticultural Organizations Act (AHOA).


This one-time payment will be automatically issued to all eligible societies based on the most recent grant received in 2020. It replaces the 2021 grant. Societies must be currently incorporated under the AHOA and must submit their annual return.

How to apply

No application is required.

In order to receive the payment, your society must be registered in Transfer Payments Ontario (TPON) and with up-to-date information, including:

  • full legal name
  • contact information

Get help with logging in, navigating or updating your society’s profile in TPON.

Terms and conditions

By taking any form of Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Grant Initiative grant payment from the Crown, a Society unconditionally accepts that it is bound by the Initiative’s terms and conditions set out above as well as the following terms and conditions:

  • It has read, understood and agreed to abide by all requirements of the 2021 Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Grant Initiative and Minister’s Order Number 0007/2019 establishing the Grassroots Growth Program, including its audit provisions;
  • It shall retain all records relating to any grant payment made under the 2021 Agricultural and Horticultural Society Grant Initiative, including all invoices and proof of payment for at least seven (7) years from the date on which such a payment was received;
  • To fully cooperate during audits by the Crown or the Program Administrator (if any), upon notice and during normal business hours, to verify eligibility and to evaluate compliance with the requirements of the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Grant Initiative (which may include allowing for the copying of records, removal of copied records and taking pictures or other recordings);
  • If it is determined the Society has received a grant payment it was not eligible to receive, through administrative error or otherwise, the Society will promptly repay any and all monies and interest on the same upon demand and as directed; and
  • That in the event of a conflict between anything set out in these Guidelines and the Minister's Order Number 0007/2019, the latter will prevail.

Contact us

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