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Financial Assistance

Growing Assurance - Environment

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

WHO QUALIFIES

Eligible applicants* must:
  • be an active producer in the Province of Manitoba:
    • an individual, partnership or a registered corporation under federal and/or provincial laws
    • must own, rent, lease, manage or otherwise control agricultural land used to produce agricultural products. This does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land.
    • own or control land where the project will be located and the project must take place on an existing farmyard. Development of new farm yards is not eligible.
  • have 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 Manitoba Agriculture GO Office for help with these requirements.
  • have a Manitoba Premises Identification Number (only required for livestock producers)
  • have an  AccessManitoba client identification number

*On-Farm Fuel Storage BMP also requires that producers manage a minimum of 320acs. 

*Sanitation Equipment for Commercial Manure Applicators BMP does not require an EFP SoC, but does require that applicators are licensed. Please refer to the BMP catalogues for more information.


AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE
This chart below lists details on available BMP categories, eligible practices and cost-shared funding levels. Collectively, for all agri-environment BMPs in Manitoba, the maximum amount payable to one farm operation or agribusiness is $125,000 (without the Manure Treatment BMP) over the life of the programs. 
 
BMP Category Practice Code Eligible Practices Cost Share Category Cap
On-Farm Fuel Storage 1501 Purchase and/or installation of a new, Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada (ULC) approved double walled fuel storage tank and decommissioning/removal of an existing, single walled fuel storage tank 30:70 $5,000
1502 Engineering or Consultative Fees
1503 Earthworks
1504 Collision protection around fuel storage tanks
1505 Electrical (for area lighting, pump operation, etc.)

Sanitation Equipment for Commercial Manure Equipment

1601 Hot water fuel powered pressure washer 50:50 $15,000
1602 Water tank capable of hauling minimum of 1,800 US gallons
1603 Trailer large enough to have self contained system
1604 High volume gas powered water pump
1605 Hoses
Increased Manure Storage Capacity 0101 Increased storage capacity to eliminate winter application (for operations under 300 animal units only) 65:35 $125,000
0102 Engineering design work
Improved Manure Storage (Repair) 0201 Improved features to prevent risks of water contamination 65:35 $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 65:35 $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 65:35 $70,000
0402 Containment systems for runoff from solid livestock confinement areas (ex: collection basins)
0403 Engineering design work
Relocation of Livestock Confinement Facilities 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 65:35 $85,000
0502 Engineering design work
Extensive Wintering of Livestock 0601 Shelterbelt Establishment (see BMP description for eligible items) 65:35 $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 Manitoba Agriculture representative or other technical support staff. Manitoba Agriculture 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. Complete applications (and required attachments) can be emailed to MAFRDGF2@gov.mb.ca or faxed to 1-204-239-3180. For email submission: once you click SUBMIT on the form, if you are prompted with two options; please select the one that is applicable. Please ensure that you also save a copy to your hard drive. Please attach all required documents at this time and hit send. Please indicate your name, contact information and business/organization information that you are applying for in the body of the email. 
  3. Once all necessary information has been collected, all applications will be evaluated based on the assessment criteria for each BMP. Refer to the Other Important Information about this program, below. (ex: rated and ranked based on the environmental merit of the proposed project, first-come, first-served, etc).
  4. If your application is approved, a dated approval letter will be issued to you. 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
  5. Once you have received an approval letter, you may begin work and complete your project. All eligible project costs must be incurred after the date on your approval letter.
  6. Inventory items can be considered eligible costs granted that you can provide original receipts for them.
  7. 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 (see the respective BMP catalogue for full details on eligible and ineligible costs). Where eligible, equipment rental rates can be claimed at the rates described in the Farm Machinery Rental and Custom Rate Guide.
  8. You are responsible for identifying, obtaining and complying with any necessary licences, permits and/or approvals (municipal, provincial, federal, etc) prior to initiation of your project. You are responsible for incorporating any relevant and required mitigation measures for the project. You are responsible for ensuring that insurance requirements have been met regarding the changes your project will impose.
  9. 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.
  10. When all information for payment is received, payment will be sent to you.

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

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 DEADLINES

 

BMP Category
Practice Code
Application Deadline
 
 
 
 
1500
 
 
 
 
Sanitation Equipment for Commercial Manure Applicators
 
 
 
 
1600
 
 
 
 
0100
 
 
 
These programs are fully subscribed. Program updates will be posted here.  
 
 
 
 
 
0200
 
 
 
 
0300
 
 
 
 
0400
 
 
 
 
0500
 
 
 
 
0600
 
 

WHO TO CONTACT

Manitoba Agriculture Agri-Resource Branch
Carman MB; agrienv@gov.mb.ca

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THIS PROGRAM

BMPs 1500 and 1600 will be evaluated on a first-come, first-served basis.

BMPs 0100 to 0600 are evaluated using a rating and ranking process.

 

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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