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Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer Program

Grants to Alberta Farmers and Manure Applicators to
Improve the Environment and Increase Sustainability

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Canadian Agricultural Partnership

Deadline Date:

11/20/19 Receipt and postmarked for complex projects requiring technical review committee approval. All other projects will be reviewed first-come first-serve.

Description:

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Grants to Alberta individual agricultural producers and commercial manure applicators to improve the environment and increase sustainability. Funding is intended to decrease negative environmental impact, manage climate change, promote sustainable production, and raise agriculture profitability.

The objectives of the program will be on activities and practices that:
- Reduce the risks to agricultural contaminants entering water
- Enhance sustainable production while mitigating carbon emissions that impact air and soil quality
- Help producers manage and adapt to climate change.

The following categories are eligible for funding:
- Category A: Riparian Management
- Category B: Manure and Livestock Facilities
- Category C: Agricultural Input and Waste Management
- Category D: Innovation
- Category E: Commercial Manure Applicators

Activities that may be included in an Application under the Program include:
a) For Active Producer Applicants, activities listed in Funding Categories A to D in the Funding List;
b) For Commercial Manure Applicator Applicants, activities listed in Funding Category E in the Funding List; and
c) Any other activity related to environmental improvement or climate change mitigation/adaptation approved by the Minister

For a description of projects and eligible costs related to each funding category, see:
https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/download/AGUCMINT-7339433#page=2

For a list of eligible items, and capped reimbursements, for improved land application of manure, see:
https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/download/AGUCMINT-7339433#page=10

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184318

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum funding an applicant can receive from the program is $100,000 over the program term, except in the following limited circumstances:
a) You may be eligible for up to an additional $100,000 under Category D: Innovation Solutions.
b) You may be eligible for up to an additional $100,000 over the program term for each operation owned by an applicant that is located on a different premise ID number for Category B only.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible to apply to the Program, a person must be either:
a) an Active Producer operating in Alberta that has a current EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician; or is currently working on an EFP and is in a position to receive and EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician before the end of the project term; or
b) a Commercial Manure Applicator that has completed a manure management training event or course after January 1, 2019; or will complete a manure management training event or course before the end of the Project Term.

Active Producer are individuals or registered corporations responsible for the day-to-day management and work on the farm, including responsibility for input costs or agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $10,000 worth of farm commodities annually, but does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land.

Commercial Manure Applicators are individuals or registered corporations that are in the business of providing the farm level service of field application of manure to Active Producers in Alberta.

Please Note: A valid Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a prerequisite to this program. EFP has implemented a 10-year renewal starting 2018, therefore and EFP completed before 2008 will not be considered valid.

All expenses incurred prior to the application received date are ineligible. Barter/exchange transactions are not eligible; and transactions between persons related by blood, marriage, adoption, common-law relationships, or close-business ties are not eligible.

The following entities are not eligible to apply to the Program:
a) with the exception of Commercial Manure Applicators, all agribusinesses offering custom services, consulting services or general services to agricultural clients (includes commercial applicators);
b) grazing reserves;
c) research stations;
d) universities;
e) other organizations funded in whole or in part by the government; and
f) any other person deemed by the Minister to be ineligible.

The following activities are not eligible under the Program and must not be included in an Application:
a) common practices;
b) activities associated with the development of a man-made water source;
c) any activities listed as ineligible activities in the Funding List; and
d) any other activity deemed by the Minister to be ineligible.

For a list of ineligible expenses, see:
https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/download/AGUCMINT-7340500#page=5

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be received by AF or postmarked on or before the deadline date.

Your application may be reviewed on a merit first-come first-serve basis, or by a technical review panel depending on the complexity of the project. Intake dates for complex projects needing review by the technical review panel are:
- July 25 - October 2, 2019
- October 3 - November 20, 2019

Please Note: Application intake dates only apply to complex projects requiring technical review committee approval. All other projects will be reviewed first-come first-serve.

There are five program application forms: one for commercial manure applicators, and four for active producers.

Cost shares will range from 30% up to 70% as determined by a merit based review process. Grant payments will be made on a reimbursement basis.

Where In-Kind Contributions are eligible, the maximums are as follows:
(a) for Activity Codes 101 and 304, if In-Kind Contributions exceed 50% of the total expenditure cost, the Eligible Expense amount for In-Kind Contributions will be reduced to be only 50% of the total expenditure cost; and
(b) for all other Activity Codes, if In-Kind Contributions exceed 25% of the total
expenditure cost, the Eligible Expense amount for In-Kind Contributions will be reduced to be only 25% of the total expenditure cost.

For additional information about in-kind contributions, see:
https://cap.alberta.ca/CAP/download/AGUCMINT-7339433#page=11

Grant payments will be made on a reimbursement basis based on the Eligible Expenses incurred and claimed by the Applicant and approved by the Minister pursuant to the Grant Agreement during the Project Term.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications and supporting documents to CAP.ESandCCProgram@gov.ab.ca

Or mail to:
Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer Program
7000-113 Street, Suite 302
Edmonton Alberta T6H 5T6

Phone: 310-FARM (3276)

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Canada: Alberta