Applications are still being accepted to the On-Farm Stewardship Program, however due to an overwhelming response, this program is at risk of closing at any time. As such, you should be aware of the following:
- There is no guarantee that funding will be available for your project if you submit an application.
- If you choose to proceed with your project after your application has been received by the program area, additional funding becomes available prior to March 31, 2018 (the end of Growing Forward 2), and your application is approved, Eligible Expenses incurred as of the date your application was received may be eligible for funding.
- If extra funding becomes available and your application is approved, your Eligible Expenses will be stated in the Approval Letter that is sent to you.
- Not all expenses included in your application may be approved as Eligible Expenses in the Approval Letter. Any expenses you incur for your project prior to receiving an Approval Letter are incurred at your own risk as they may not be eligible for funding.
- If you choose to proceed with your project after your application has been received by the program area, and no additional funding becomes available prior to March 31, 2018, your application will not be approved and expenses incurred for your project will NOT be eligible for Growing Forward 2. Should Growing Forward 2 be renewed in 2018, your application will not be carried over to the new funding program.
This Program funds projects that help livestock and crop producers implement on-farm management practices in five areas that positively impact water quality and promote sustainable management of inorganic agricultural wastes.
If you are interested in participating in the On-Farm Stewardship Program please read the Terms and Conditions before proceeding further. After you have read and understood the Terms and Conditions, you may continue to the section that you are interested in.
**Please note: The On-Farm Stewardship Program has PERMANENTLY removed projects from its Funding List. You can no longer submit an application for the projects or expenses listed below:
- Activity Code 103 – Portable Shelters and Windbreaks
- Activity Code 201 – Improved Manure Storage Facilities
- Activity Code 302 – Fuel Storage
- The following expenses associated with Activity Code 301 will be removed: chemical handling systems, low drift nozzles, auto boom height control.
- Sectional control for chemical application, sprayer cones and shrouds, and pulse-width modulating sprayer systems are still eligible under Activity Code 301.
What can we help you with?
Where can I access On-Farm Stewardship Program Application Forms
This section is for those who have already identified that they are eligible to receive funding and know what project(s) they wish to carry out. Those who have not begun this process, or are looking for more information should refer to the section “What can we help you with?” above.
These application forms must be printed, signed and mailed in to the address located on the last page. Faxes and emails are NOT accepted.
What types of projects are available under this program?
The On-Farm Stewardship Program helps producers implement projects and management practices that have a direct and positive impact on water quality, while also improving the management of inorganic agricultural wastes. Funding is available in five categories that can influence these areas. More information can be found on each of the activities by clicking on the project names that are underlined bellow.
It is also important to note that each category has its own application form. Identifying the project(s) you wish to carry out and confirming your eligibility for funding are both required prior to filling out an application.
Category A: Grazing Management. This includes riparian area fencing and management, summer and year-round watering systems, and wetland restoration (some specific requirements apply; contact program lead for information), and shelterbelts.
Category B: Manure and Livestock Facilities Management. This includes improvements to manure storage facilities, livestock facilities runoff control and livestock facilities relocation.
Category C: Crop Input Management. This includes new purchases of sprayer cones and shrouds, sectional control operation system for sprayers and seeding equipment, and pulse modulating sprayer systems (upgrades, maintenance and replacement of existing equipment are not eligible).
Category D: Agricultural Waste Management. This includes double-walled storage tanks for used oil that are identified with a ULC-652 name plate or equivalent, and plastic rollers for used grain bags.
Category E: Innovative Stewardship Solutions. Contact a Program Coordinator
(email@example.com) to discuss your innovative idea prior to applying for funding. The application form will be supplied to you at that time
- Project Code 100 – Innovative Stewardship Solutions
- Note: Due to the variable nature of this category cost share levels will vary based on the Minister’s discretion.
Are you eligible for funding?
After identifying what projects can work for your operation, you can now confirm that you are eligible to apply to this program. Below are the conditions for eligibility. You must adhere to all of the following conditions or you may not be eligible for funding. If you are not sure if you fit all requirements or require clarification on certain areas please contact a Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conditions for eligibility
- You must be an active producer operating in Alberta, defined as follows:
- Active producer: An individual or a registered corporation responsible for the day-to-day management and work on the farm, including responsibility for input costs for agricultural crops or livestock producing at least $10,000 worth of farm commodities annually, but does not include a landlord whose only interest in the crop or livestock is that of ownership of the land.
- You must have completed an Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP).
- You must submit a copy of your EFP Certificate or Letter of Completion along with your Application.
- If applying for projects under Category B, you must meet the following definition of breeding herd:
- Breeding Herd: A ruminant livestock herd, which includes pregnant or lactating females; replacement animals up to 30% of female herd number; male animals used for the purposes of breeding the said female herd; and cull animals up to 20% of the female herd.
- If your livestock facility is a Confined Feeding Operation (see definition below), you are not eligible for Category B (Manure and Livestock Facilities Management) under the Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Stewardship Program. Please refer to the Growing Forward 2 Confined Feeding Operations Program instead.
- Confined Feeding Operation (CFO): An agricultural operation where poultry or livestock are confined for the purposes of growing, finishing or sustaining by means other than grazing, and does not include a breeding herd.
If, after reading the above information, you establish that you are eligible, you can begin to look at how costs are shared between clients and ARD.
How are costs shared?
Active producers (as defined above) in livestock and crop production will be reimbursed for 50% or 70% (depending on the project) of costs related to management practices that improve water quality up to a maximum of $50,000 per applicant (please see below for possible exceptions to this program maximum). Please note that some areas of funding have project maximums between $2,000 and $30,000. To get the exact maximums of your chosen project(s) please see “What types of projects are available under this program” above and refer to the appropriate project code.
What are the maximum funding levels?
The 2013-2018 program funding maximum is $50,000 over the program term, except in the following limited circumstances:
- You may be eligible for up to an additional $25,000 for activities under Category A if you received $50,000 for activities under Activity Code 203 (Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation).
- You may be eligible for up to an additional $25,000 for activities under Activity Code 203 (Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation) if you received $50,000 for activities under Category A.
Are equipment and labor costs covered?
We understand that labor and equipment costs can be a key expense when it comes to the financial viability of a project. Because of this some expenses can be covered by the On-Farm Stewardship Program. A full list of all in-kind contribution rates can be found here - In-Kind Contribution Rates.
How do I apply for funding?
Now that you have selected your project(s) and have confirmed that you are eligible for funding you may now apply to the On-Farm Stewardship Program. Below is a link to the application forms for all of the available On-Farm Stewardship Programs. Completed application forms must be signed and mailed to the address located on the last page. Faxes and emails are NOT accepted.
Category A: Grazing Management
- 101 – Riparian Area Fencing and Management
- 102 – Year-Round/Summer Watering System
- 104 – Wetland Restoration
- 105 – Shelterbelt Establishment
Category B: Manure Management
- 202 – Livestock Facility Runoff Control
- 203 – Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site Relocation
Category C: Crop Input Management
- 301 – Improved Pesticide Management
- 301A – Improved Nutrient Management
Category D: Agricultural Waste Management
- 303 – Used Oil Storage
- 304 – Agricultural Plastics
Category E: Innovative Stewardship Solutions
Please contact a Program Coordinator at email@example.com to discuss your innovative idea prior to applying for funding. The application form will be supplied to you at that time.
Below is an ordered list of the steps that your application will pass through once you print it from the website, including all the steps that will be required for you to receive the funding for your project. A downloadable version of this process can be found by clicking on the heading titles “Application process” found below.
- Complete the Alberta Environmental Farm Plan.
- Submit the appropriate application, which may include: site plan (aerial photo), location and cost of structures, location and cost of earthwork, estimated engineering and/or consulting fees, and the location of any water diversions. (Please note that you may be required to provide additional site-specific details).
- You may begin work on your project once you have received a letter confirming your application’s submission. However, if your application is not approved, the Program will not cover these expenses.
- Program staff may conduct a site inspection to ensure eligibility and to provide technical assistance. Activity Codes 104 (Wetland Restoration) and 203 (Livestock Facilities and Permanent Wintering Sites Relocation) require a site inspection prior to the start of the project.
- You will receive a Grant Approval Letter from the Program Coordinator.
- You can then begin work (if you haven’t already) and complete your project by the date specified in your Grant Approval Letter.
- You must submit your Reimbursement Claim Form and Final Report no later than the date specified in your Grant Approval Letter. You may be required to provide additional documentation as stated in your Grant Approval Letter.
- Program staff may inspect your site to ensure completion of the project.
- You will receive your grant payment.
It is important to note that this Program is NOT retroactive; a program application must be received by the Program Area before purchases can be made. Contact the Program Coordinator for more details.
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To find out more about the program, or to speak with the Program Coordinator, please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).
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Phone: 310-FARM (3276)