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Financial Assistance

Growing Assurance - Environment

DESCRIPTION

This program provides financial assistance to agriculture producers for adoption of targeted beneficial management practices (BMPs) that improve the environmental sustainability of their operations.


WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants include:

  • individuals
  • partnerships or operations incorporated under federal and/or provincial laws

Applicants must own, rent, lease, manage or otherwise control agricultural land used to produce agricultural products. They must also have a MAFRI premises identification number, an AccessManitoba client identification number and a valid Statement of Completion (SoC) certificate for an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) to be eligible for agri-environmental cost share programs in Manitoba. Contact your local MAFRI GO Office for help with these requirements.


AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

The chart below details some of the information available in the Growing Assurance Adoption Catalogue. Included are the specific BMP categories, eligible practices and the cost-shared funding levels. The maximum amount payable to one farm operation is $125,000 for all agri-environment BMP categories in Manitoba (not including the manure treatment BMP) over the life of the programs.

BMP Category Practice Code Eligible Practices Cost Share Category Cap
Increased Manure Storage Capacity 0101 Increased storage capacity to eliminate winter application (for operations under 300 animal units only) 65% $125,000
0102 Engineering design work
Improved Manure Storage (Repair) 0201 Improved features to prevent risks of water contamination 65% $100,000
0202 Improvements to containment systems for solid manure storage facilities
0203 Assessing and monitoring of existing manure storage infrastructure
0204 Engineering design work
Manure Treatment 0301 Solid-liquid separation 65% $375,000
0302 Engineering design work
Farmyard Runoff Control 0401 Upstream diversion of runoff around farmyards; Downstream protection (ex: catch basins, retention ponds); Construction of an impermeable base to minimize risk of ground water contamination from livestock pens and confinement areas 65% $70,000
0402 Containment systems for runoff from solid livestock confinement areas (ex: collection basins)
0403 Engineering design work
Relocation of Livestock Confinement 0501 Relocation of confined livestock facilities, such as corrals, paddocks and associated shelter/buildings, away from areas with a high risk of surface or ground water contamination 65% $85,000
0502 Engineering design work
Extensive Wintering of Livestock 0601 Shelterbelt Establishment (see BMP description for eligible items) 65% $50,000
0602 Portable Shelters and Windbreaks
0603 Alternative watering systems (i.e. solar, wind or grid power)
0604 Field access improvements: alleyway/access lane upgrades
0605 Fencing (including perimeter fencing when required) and fence modifications

HOW TO APPLY

Before you submit your application, it is strongly recommended that you discuss your intended project with a MAFRI representative or other technical support staff. MAFRI staff can answer program questions, determine required project components, explain technical details and help to estimate project costs. For projects that require professional engineering, it is strongly recommended that you consult with an engineer before submitting your application.

  1. Complete your application in full and attach all required information and documents. Do not leave any areas of the application form blank.
  2. Submit your application and supporting documents to your local MAFRI GO Office or mail completed applications directly to:

    Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI)
    Box 1240, 810 Phillips Street
    Portage la Prairie, Manitoba
    R1N 3J9
  3. Upon receipt of your application, you will be sent a notification letter in the mail. The notification letter will identify a MAFRI representative who will help you with the application process. The notification letter does not mean you may begin your project. You must wait until you receive an approval letter before you start your project.
  4. All agri-environmental BMPs offered under the Growing Assurance program require an environmental assessment in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Before approval, program staff may contact you or inspect the project site to collect additional information that may be necessary to conduct environmental assessments as required under the CEAA. This does not mean you have been approved. You cannot begin your project until you have received an approval letter from the program.
  5. Once all necessary information has been collected, all applications will be rated and ranked based on the environmental merit of the proposed project and the project's potential to achieve the program objectives to reduce environmental risk and improve the management of agricultural land.
  6. If your application is approved, a dated approval letter will be issued to you.
  7. Once you have received an approval letter, you may begin work and complete your project.
  8. It is your responsibility to obtain all necessary licences, permits and/or approvals before beginning your project. When you receive an approval letter, review the enclosed conditions of funding and contact your local MAFRI GO Office for help in identifying these requirements if needed.
  9. All eligible project costs must be incurred after the date on your approval letter. Inventory items can be considered eligible costs granted that you can provide original receipts for them. Both labour (at $20 per hour) and the use of the applicant's equipment may be eligible in-kind costs and can be included in the calculation of the total cost of the project. Equipment rental rates can be claimed at the rates described in the Farm Machinery Rental and Custom Rate Guide.
  10. As soon as the project is complete, submit your project claim and itemized receipts. Note that claims must be received on or before the claim deadline indicated in your approval letter.
  11. When all information for payment is received, payment will be sent to you.
  12. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is received.

Questions to ask yourself as you prepare your application

  • Have you explained your farming operation and your management system?
  • Is your proposed project described fully and completely?
  • Did you explain the environmental benefit associated with your intended project?
  • Have you considered all expenses associated with the project?
  • Have you answered all of the questions listed in each BMP summary?

 

Application Form (PDF 260 KB) 

Terms and Conditions (PDF 55 KB)

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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

May 15, 2013


WHO TO CONTACT

MAFRI GO Office


OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

How your application project proposal is rated and ranked

To maximize the environmental outcome of funded projects, project proposals will be assessed according to three main criteria: environmental benefits assessment, provincial program priorities and project planning.

1. Section A - Environmental Benefit Assessment Index

The level to which the project addresses environmental risk is determined using an environmental benefit assessment index (EBAI). The EBAI creates a rating of the environmental benefits that a specific land use change or other environmental practice (your project) will incur. Environmental benefit categories included in the program's index are weighted to appropriately stress the objectives of the program. The parameters measured take into account items such as water, air, soil and nutrients.

2. Section B - Provincial Program Priorities

Agriculture sustainability should address agricultural objectives to promote a profitable and competitive agricultural sector and environmental objectives to reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the environment. These include:

  • potential to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water
  • potential to mitigate and adapt to climate change
  • potential to increase level of carbon stored in the soil
  • strategies that improve environmental stewardship
  • strategies that assist with meeting regulatory compliance and mitigating potential complaints.

3. Section C - Project Planning

Project proposals will be scored based on their ability to clearly show the integrity of the project's intent and design.

  • The BMP applied for matched the risks identified in the Environmental Farm Plan workbook.
  • The project intent was properly described and it fully explained the environmental benefit.
  • The project costs were specific, realistic and properly itemized.
  • The project application has adequate design, including well defined locations and steps, and realistic completion timelines.

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