Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change – Producer
The purpose of the Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer program is to support producers in reducing negative impacts on the environment while enhancing sustainable production, managing climate change and increasing profitability in the agriculture sector.
The objectives of the program will be on activities and practices that:
· reduce the risks to agricultural contaminants entering water
· enhance sustainable production while mitigating carbon emissions that impact air and soil quality
· help producers manage and adapt to climate change.
To be eligible to apply to the Program, a person must be either:
a) an Active Producer operating in Alberta that has a current EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician; or is currently working on an EFP and is in a position to receive and EFP certificate or letter of completion from an EFP technician before the end of the project term; or
b) a Commercial Manure Applicator that has completed a manure management training event or course after January 1, 2019; or will complete a manure management training event or course before the end of the Project Term.
Please Note: A valid Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is a prerequisite to this program. EFP has implemented a 10-year renewal starting 2018, therefore and EFP completed before 2008 will not be considered valid.
*Review our Funding List for details on eligible and non-eligible expenses.
CATEGORY A – Riparian Management
· Riparian Area Fencing and Management (101)
· Year-Round/Summer Watering Systems (102)
· Watercourse Crossings (103)
· Riparian Management Strategies – OPEN (104)
· Wetland and Riparian Assessments (105)
CATEGORY B – Manure and Livestock Facilities
· Engineering Investigation and/or Feasibility Assessment (201)
· Construction or Upgrade of a Surface Water Management System (202)
· Improved Manure Storage Facilities (203)
· Relocation of a Livestock Facility and Permanent Wintering Site or Confined Feeding Operation (204)
· Improved Land Application of Manure (205)
· Manure and Livestock Facilities Management Strategies – OPEN (206)
CATEGORY C – Agricultural Input and Waste Management
· Improved Pesticide Management (301)
· Improved Nutrient Management (302)
· Plastic Rollers and Compactors (303)
· Shelterbelts and Eco-Buffers (304)
· Agricultural Input and Waste Management Strategies – OPEN (306)
CATEGORY D – Innovation
· Innovative Solutions (401)
CATEGORY E – Commercial Manure Applicators
· Improved Land Application of Manure (501)
· Manure Management Strategies – OPEN (502)
Cost shares will be determined through a merit based review process.
Review our Funding List for more information regarding funding caps for individual Activity Codes.
The maximum funding an applicant can receive from the program is $100,000 over the program term, except in the following limited circumstances:
a) You may be eligible for up to an additional $100,000 under Category D: Innovation Solutions.
b) You may be eligible for up to an additional $100,000 over the program term for each operation owned by an applicant that is located on a different premise ID number for Category B only.
Your application may be reviewed on a merit first-come first-serve basis, or by a technical review panel depending on the complexity of the project. Intake dates for complex projects needing review by our technical review panel are below:
Application Intake Dates for 2019:
· November 15, 2018 – January 23, 2019
· January 24 - March 7, 2019
· March 8 - May 15, 2019
· May 16 - July 24, 2019
· July 25 - October 2, 2019
· October 3 - November 20, 2019
Please Note: Application intake dates only apply to complex projects requiring technical review committee approval. All other projects will be reviewed first-come first-serve.
Important Notes from Terms and Conditions:
· Though you are not guaranteed funding until your application has been approved, you may proceed before receiving approval with the risk of not receiving funding. If your project is approved, eligible expenses incurred as of the date your application was received by the program will be considered for funding.
· All expenses incurred prior to the application received date are ineligible.
· If your application is NOT approved, you will not be reimbursed for any expenses associated with your project.
· Notification will be made to you once a decision has been made.
Please note the following reimbursement requirements:
· Invoices MUST BE under the name of the Legal Name stated on your application;
· Invoices MUST BE dated AFTER the date your application is received by the program;
· You must be able to provide proof of payment (processed cheque, credit card statement) for ALL invoices, and proof of payment must be under the Legal Name on your application;
· Cash payments will not be eligible unless accompanied by an official company voucher and proof of payment;
· Barter/exchange transactions are not eligible; and
· Transactions between persons related by blood, marriage, adoption, common-law relationships, or close-business ties are not eligible.
How to Apply
1. Determine whether you are eligible. Refer to the program Terms and Conditions.
2. Confirm that the proposed activities are eligible. Eligible activities are listed in the Funding List.
3. Complete the application form and send your application and supporting documents by email to CAP.ESandCCProgram@gov.ab.ca or by mail to:
Environmental Stewardship and Climate Change - Producer Program
Suite 302, 7000-113 Street
Edmonton Alberta T6H 5T6
Water Act Approvals
The Water Act, administered by the Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP), addresses projects that involve the placement, construction, maintenance, replacement or removal of a pipeline or watercourse crossing must comply with the Water Act’s Code of Practice for Watercourse Crossings. Water Act Code of practice notice form can be found here: http://aep.alberta.ca/water/legislation-guidelines/documents/PipelineWatercourseOutfall-Form-Jul2016.pdf.
More information around Watercourse Crossings is available here, further information around The Code of Practice for Watercourse Crossings can be found here http://www.qp.alberta.ca/documents/codes/CROSSING.PDF. Please call the Regulatory Approval Centre at 780-427-6311 for more information.
Examples of projects that could require submission of a Water Act Code of Practice Notice Form include (but are not limited to):
· Livestock watercourse crossing
· Watercourse crossing for equipment
· Water pipeline crossing
For more information
Phone: 310-FARM (3276)
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