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, 2020 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 Management Practice

Cost Share

(government:applicant)

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

Managing Livestock Access to Riparian Areas

50:50 $10,000

 

*Please see the Dugout Construction Guidelines (PDF 254 KB) for more information.

More detailed information on each BMP, including eligible and ineligible costs, is provided in the                Ag Action Manitoba Program for Industry Service Providers Guidebook (PDF 511 KB)

Industry Service Providers may apply and receive funding for more than one BMP over the term of the       Ag Action Manitoba program.


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. Download the applicable fillable PDF application form:

  •  Association of Community Pastures application form
  • Licensed Custom Manure Applicators application form

 3. Applications with required documentation can be emailed 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

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

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

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

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

8. Payment will be issued according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter and/or contribution agreement and upon meeting all of the reporting requirements.

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


APPLICATION DEADLINE

  • This focus area is not currently accepting applications.

Note: Successful applicants will have until Friday, February 15, 2020 to provide a valid Statement of Completion to the program administrator to be fully reimbursed for project costs.


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. Benefits include the potential for farms to reduce the risk of nutrient loss to water, mitigate and adapt to climate change; and increase the level of carbon stored in the soil. Adoption of on farm strategies that improve environmental stewardship can assist in mitigating potential nuisance complaints and enhance public trust of their operations.

3. Project Planning: Project planning proposals are scored on their ability to clearly show that the project design will result in the intended outcome. Projects must be adequately designed and applications must clearly identify locations, steps, process and intent, especially with respect to environmental benefit. The costs must be properly itemized, specific and realistic. The BMP applied for should alleviate risks identified in the applicant's Environmental Farm Plan workbook.