Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program for Industry Service Providers

Assurance: Beneficial Management Practices

 

DESCRIPTION

Ag Action Manitoba provides funding that will help industry service providers implement and adopt beneficial management practices (BMP) to help improve the value and health of agricultural land in Manitoba.


WHO QUALIFIES

Select BMP's will be available to eligible industry service providers, specifically:

  • licensed commercial manure applicators
  • the Association of Manitoba Community Pastures (AMCP)

 Other eligibility requirements:

*Note: Successful applicants will have until February 15, 2019 to provide a valid Statement of Completion to the program administrator to be fully reimbursed for project costs.


 

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

The BMPs eligible for cost-shared funding to select industry service providers are:

 
Beneficial Mangement Practice

Cost Share

(government:applicant)

Funding Cap For 2018/2019 Year
FOR LICENCED COMMERCIAL MANURE APPLICATORS:
401 Direct manure injection 50:50 $60,000 Open
402 In-season manure application 25:75 $100,000 Open
ASSOCIATION OF COMMUNITY PASTURES (AMCP):
301 Improved Pasture and Forage Quality 25:75 $10,000 Closed
503

Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas*

(Revised September 14, 2018)

50:50 $10,000 Open
*Water source development, such as a well or dugout, is a new eligible practice.  

 

More detailed information on each BMP is provided in the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Researchers and Industry Service Providers Guide to the Terms and Conditions (PDF 511 KB).

Eligible and ineligible costs are specific to each BMP.


HOW TO APPLY

1. Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 511 KB) before you complete your application form to ensure you meet all requirements for eligibility. On the application you will be required to state that you have read, understand and agree to abide by all the requirements set out in the guide.

2. Ensure the applicable beneficial management practice is accepting applications as noted in the chart above.

3. Download the fillable application form (PDF 1.5 MB) for Association of Community Pastures or the application form (PDF 598 KB) for Licensed Custom Manure Applicators.

4. To help complete your application, refer to the Program Guide for details on requirements for the specific BMP.

5. Applications with required documentation can be emailed to Manitoba Agriculture. Be sure to:

  • always save a copy of the completed application for your records
  • include your name, business or organization, contact information and the activity you are applying for in the body of the email

6. When your application is received, Manitoba Agriculture will assess your application. Once the application is assessed, you will receive a funding decision letter.

7. You must receive a funding decision letter or a contribution agreement before you start any work on your project. Applications for projects that were started before you received notification will not be accepted.

8. Only costs paid out after the date on your approval letter will be reimbursed. Any expenses incurred before the project’s written approval are ineligible, unless and except where otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the program administrator.. Only costs paid out after the date on your approval letter will be reimbursed. Any expenses incurred before the project’s written approval are ineligible, unless and except where otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the program administrator.

9. When your project is completed, submit itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to: 
  Ag Action Manitoba – Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie, MB R1N 4A4. 

10. Payment will be issued upon meeting all of the above requirements and according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter.

11. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.


APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • Applications for BMPs currently being offered are received on a continual basis
  • Subject to funding availability

WHO TO CONTACT

  • Email the program administrator 
  • 1-844-769-6224

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Applications will be assessed and rated by technical reviewers based on:

1. Environmental Benefit Assessment Index: The level to which the project addresses environment risk is determined using an environmental benefit assessment index (EBAI). The EBAI generates a rating of the environmental benefits that a specific land use change or other environmental practice (your project) would incur. Environmental benefit categories included in the program’s index are weighted to appropriately stress the objectives of the program and take into account items such as water, air, soil nutrients and biodiversity.

2. Provincial Program Priorities: Agriculture sustainability should promote a profitable and competitive agricultural sector, while reducing the impact of agricultural activities on the environment. These include the potential to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water, and mitigate and adapt to climate change; the potential to increase the level of carbon stored in the soil; and strategies that improve environmental stewardship and assist with meeting regulatory compliance and mitigating potential complaints.

3. Project Planning: Project planning proposals are scored based on their ability to clearly show the integrity of the project’s intent and design. Project applications must have adequate design and must clearly identify locations, steps, process and intent, especially in regards to environmental benefit. The costs must be properly itemized, specific and realistic. The BMP applied for must alleviate the risks identified in the Environmental Farm Plan workbook.