Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program

Assurance: Watershed Ecological Goods and Services

DESCRIPTION

The activity provides funding to conservation districts to work with farmers to implement practices that conserve and enhance ecological goods and services (EGS) on the agricultural landscape.

The activity has seven focus areas that will improve water quality and management, and provide other important environmental services derived from well-managed stocks of natural capital on agricultural lands.


WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants include:

As applicants, conservation districts are responsible for: 

  • being compliant with all Manitoba and federal government laws and regulations that are applicable to their proposal and to their business or organization’s operations

Other requirements for eligibility:

  • Participating farmers must have a valid Statement of Completion certificate for an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).
  • A final inspection or other proof of completion may be required to confirm that the changes implemented were in accordance with the proposal.

 AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

  • Approved proposals are cost-shared between the conservation district and government to a maximum government contribution of 100 per cent of total approved costs. There is no funding cap for these projects. 
  • Conservation districts will co-ordinate with farmers in their district to implement practices in one or more focus areas to enhance EGS. Farmers do not have to be identified at the time of application.
Focus Area
Eligible Practices
Water Retention and Runoff Management
Engineering and consultation fees
Construction of water retention structures
Wetland Restoration and Enhancement
Restoration of previously drained wetland or enhancing existing impacted wetland
Construction of water level controls for wetland restoration
Revegetation
Soil Health Improvement
Establishment of soil health crops
Riparian Area Enhancement
Alternative livestock watering systems
Establishment of riparian vegetation
Riparian fencing
Improved crossing structures
Constructed works to stabilize erodible areas
Natural Upland Area Rejuvenation and Enhancement
Rejuvenation and enhancement of sensitive or critical areas through revegetation and restoration of disturbed areas
Land Rehabilitation
Salinity control
Erosion control
Landscape restoration
Tree Plantings and Woodlot Management
Establishment of shelterbelts and block tree plantings
Development and implementation of a woodlot management plan


For a complete list of eligible and ineligible costs, refer to the Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 436 KB).


HOW TO APPLY 

  1. Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 436 KBMB) 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. Check this website regularly for posted application deadline dates. Deadline date reminders are stated in our monthly newsletter.
  3. Ensure all requirements for eligibility are in place, including a valid Statement of Completion for an Environmental Farm Plan, necessary licenses, permits and approvals, required mitigation measures, and insurance requirements are met. Refer to the Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 436 KB).
  4. Download the application form (PDF 249 KB).  Applications are available in a fillable PDF format.
  5. You can mail a hard copy of your application with required documentation to your local Manitoba Agriculture Office or email it to Manitoba Agriculture. Be sure to:
    • always save a copy of the completed application for your records
    • attach all required documents before sending
    • 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, it will it will be assessed. You will receive a funding decision letter or a contribution agreement after the assessment. 
  7. Only costs paid out after the date on your funding decision letter will be reimbursed. 
  8. When your project is completed, submit a final report, including itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to:
    • Ag Action Manitoba – Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 4A4
  9. Payment will be issued according to the schedule stated in the contribution agreement and upon meeting all the reporting requirements. 
  10. A final inspection or other proof of completion may be required to confirm that the changes implemented were in accordance with the proposal.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

Please check back regularly for application deadline dates.


WHO TO CONTACT

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

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

Questions to ask yourself as you prepare your application 

  • Have you fully described your proposed project?
  • Did you clearly explain the project's benefits and do they meet the program activity's intended goals and objectives?
  • Do you have a mechanism to measure the performance of your proposed project?
  • Have you considered all expenses associated with the proposed project and have you included them in your project budget?
  • Have you answered all of the questions on the application form?

Assurance - Watershed EGS proposals are assessed according to:

1. Program Activity Objectives and Priorities

Activities should address environmental objectives to reduce the impact of agricultural activities on the environment and increase the delivery of EGS from agricultural landscapes. These include: 

  • reduce impacts of flooding and drought
  • 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
  • potential to improve biodiversity and wildlife habitat
  • other strategies that improve environmental stewardship

2. Proposal Integrity

Proposals are scored based on their ability to clearly show the integrity of the projects’ intent and design. Specifically, that:

  • The proposal intent is properly described and it fully explains the environment benefit.
  • The proposal addresses the goals and actions identified within local Integrated Watershed Management Plans (IWMPs) or other relevant watershed plans.
  • The application has adequate design, including well defined locations and steps, and realistic completion timelines.
  • The budget is realistic and specific.

Funding Decisions

Successful conservation districts will be required to enter into a contribution agreement with the Manitoba government, as deemed appropriate by the Program Administrator. The contribution agreement may state that only part of the proposal is approved for program funding or that only specific eligible costs are approved for program funding.