Agriculture

Financial Assistance

Growing Adaptation

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program provides funds for strategic water infrastructure projects and water studies. The projects must provide economic development in the agriproduct processing and agriculture industries.

This program helps ensure the agricultural sector in Manitoba has access to a secure supply of water. The goal is to meet current needs and reduce risk of future water shortages caused by climate change. This program will increase the resiliency and sustainability of farm and value-added businesses.


WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants include:

  • Manitoba Water Services Board (Component 1)
  • Agricultural Organizations (Component 2)


Applicants must have an AccessManitoba client identification number. Contact your local Manitoba Agriculture GO Office for help with this requirement.


AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

This program has two distinct components:

Component 1 – Water Infrastructure Projects and Water Studies

The Manitoba Water Services Board (MWSB) will work with rural municipalities and incorporated water co-operatives to apply for rural multi-user water infrastructure projects and studies. Projects and studies must increase or sustain agricultural development and agriproduct processing. Water users will be primarily businesses related to farming or agriproduct processing.

Component 2 – Non-Potable Water Management Studies

Agricultural organizations can apply for non-potable water management studies that identify strategies to capitalize market opportunities and/or address risks from extremes of water availability (ex: drought, flood) and climate change.

The chart below details specific activity, eligible practices, cost-share percentages and available program funds.

Activity Category Eligible Practices Program Cost Share Maximum per project
Component 1: Strategic rural mainline water pipeline and multi-user storage projects

Project management
Supply and install rural mainline water pipeline and multi-user water storage systems
Engineering and consultation fees

67% $2,000,000
Component 1: Multi-user well development projects

Project management
Build multi-user well systems
Engineering and consultation fees

$150,000
Component 1: Rural potable and non-potable water studies

Field exploration costs, project planning, environmental and regulatory studies
Engineering and consultation fees

$30,000
Component 2: Non-potable water management studies

Field exploration costs, project planning, environmental and regulatory studies
Engineering and consultation fees

$30,000

 

Funds are only for approved eligible costs directly related to the project. They must be approved by the program steering committee or program administrator and outlined in the funding approval letter.

 

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Rural municipalities and incorporated water co-operatives interested in doing multi-user water infrastructure projects and studies, should contact MWSB at 204-726-6076 or email mwsb@gov.mb.ca.
  2. Agricultural organizations pursuing non-potable water management studies, should send their application and supporting documents directly to:

    Manitoba Agriculture
    Box 1240, 810 Phillips Street
    Portage la Prairie, MB  R1N 3J9
    Email: MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca
    Fax: 204-239-3180
  3. Once all necessary information has been collected, all applications will be rated and ranked based on the project's potential to meet the program objectives to ensure that the agriculture industry has access to a secure supply of water and provides economic development. The goal is to meet current needs and reduce risk of future water shortages caused by climate change.
  4. If your application is approved, a dated approval letter will be issued to you. This funding approval letter will include a schedule detailing the payment and reporting process.
  5. Once you have received an approval letter, you may begin work and complete your project.
  6. When you received the approval letter, review the enclosed funding conditions. If you have questions about the conditions, contact the Growing Forward 2 staff assigned to your project for help. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary licences, permits and/or approvals before beginning your project.
  7. As soon as a project deadline is complete, you can submit a claim with itemized receipts. The request for payments must be received on or before the claim deadlines indicated in your approval letter. 
  8. When all information for payment is received, a payment will be sent to you.
  9. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is received.

Terms and Conditions (PDF 227 KB)


Questions to ask yourself as you prepare your application

  • Have you explained how your water project proposal is related to business development, or how it can add-value to your business?
  • Have you considered all expenses associated with your project?
  • Have you received and identified funding from other programs?

    Note: You must receive an approval letter from the program before you start your project. Applications for projects that were started before you received a project approval letter will not be accepted.


    This program is fully subscribed and will not be accepting applications at this time.  If you have any questions or are interested in being contacted if further funding becomes available, please send your inquiry and a brief project description to the following email address mafrdgf2@gov.mb.ca.


    WHO TO CONTACT

    Rural municipalities and incorporated water co-operatives pursuing multi-user water infrastructure projects and studies should contact Manitoba Water Services Board at 204-726-6076 or mwsb@gov.mb.ca.

    Agricultural organizations pursuing non-potable water management studies should contact a Growing Forward 2 program officer at MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca.


    OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
    Projects will be assessed on criteria such as the amount of water provided to agricultural users, the number of users impacted, estimated value of agricultural products sustained and other economic indicators such as number of rural jobs created or maintained.