Sharecost Program

About the Program

The Beef Farmers of Ontario (BFO) Sharecost Program provides an opportunity for BFO county and district associations to partner with BFO to share resources, peoplepower and funding to expand the outreach of EDUCATION and PROMOTION of beef within local communities across the province.


Each year, BFO’s local associations are encouraged to submit an application for their producer and consumer educational initiatives coordinated within their local region to receive 80 per cent funding. BFO will contribute a maximum of $2,500 for consumer engagement initiatives and $2,500 for producer engagement initiatives for a total maximum reimbursement of $5,000. NEW! In 2024, an additional category has been added for local food bank donations. BFO will contribute 80 per cent of the donation cost up to a maximum of $1,000. As a reminder, the appropriate documentation MUST be provided to access financial support through this program.

Producer Initiatives

Examples of accepted producer promotion/education initiatives:

  • Bus trips, farm tours, pasture tours
  • Animal health workshops, courses
  • Guest speakers
  • Sponsorship of local 4-H clubs
  • Support for beef shows at fall fairs
  • Scholarships/bursaries
  • Displays at farm shows
  • Sponsorship of producer events
  • New product demonstrations
  • Newsletters
  • Educational resources
  • Advertising of producer events & meetings
  • Governance Training

Consumer Initiatives

Examples of accepted consumer promotion/education initiatives:

  • Agricultural awareness events
  • Displays at fall fairs
  • Participation in community parades
  • Social media development, contests
  • Banners, brochures, website development
  • Local beef promotions
  • Cooking demonstrations/classes
  • Radio/print/billboard promotions
  • School visits
  • Community fundraisers
  • Donation to food banks

Application Deadline

Deadline to apply is November 22, 2024

Mail: Beef Farmers of Ontario, 130 Malcolm Road, Guelph, Ontario N1K 1B1


Fax: 519.824.9101

More Information

For more information contact BFO's Communications department or Accountant at 1.866.370.2333.