Growing Forward Incentive Program


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Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a five-year (2013-2018) policy framework for Canada’s agricultural and agri-food sector. GF2 is a $3 billion investment between federal, provincial and territorial governments dedicated to funding agricultural programs and services. One of the incentive programs offered through GF2 is called the On-Farm Water Management program.
 
Program Purpose Statement
 
This program provides technical assistance to agricultural producers to complete a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP), and shares the cost of related enhancements of their on-farm water supply management.
 
The Growing Forward 2 On-Farm Water Management Program (2013-2018) addresses two key industry priorities.
 
1. Improved resource management. The program helps producers achieve greater water security and more effective and efficient management of their on-farm water resources, enhancing the sustainability of those resources.
 
2. Improved production capacity. Producers who improve their water management capability advance the long-term competitiveness of their operation, making them better able to embrace business opportunities.
 
Program highlights
 
The On-Farm Water Management Program shares costs relating to enhancements of a producer’s on-farm water supply management, arising from a Long-Term Water Management Plan (LTWMP). These eligible costs are offered through Standard and Special Incentive projects described in detail in the On-Farm Water Management Program factsheet.
 
• Standard Incentive projects include construction of water sources such as wells, dugouts, spring developments, dams and pipelines. These projects are eligible for reimbursement of up to one-third of expenses, to a maximum of $5,000 per applicant.
 
• Special Incentive projects include well decommissioning, well pit conversions, water meters, water well depth measurement equipment, and connections to multi-user water supply pipelines. These projects are eligible for reimbursement of up to 50% of expenses, to a specified maximum per applicant or project.
 
There is no cost to producers for technical assistance provided by Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Water Specialists, relating to the completion and required prior approval of a Long-Term Water Management Plan.
 
Grants are available on a first-come, first-served basis for a variety of water sourcing, conservation and protection projects if they are previously identified in the producer’s approved LTWMP and meet the program’s Terms and Conditions.
 
Submission of a completed Grant Application Form to ARD does not guarantee that the Applicant will receive payment under this Program.
 
No advance payments will be made. Applicants can only receive a grant payment for eligible expenses incurred and documented with the application form.
 
The On-Farm Water Management Program is not an emergency program. To be eligible for funding, projects must be identified in a LTWMP approved by an ARD Water Specialist prior to starting the project.
 
Am I Eligible for this Program?
 
Producers, corporations and not-for-profit organizations with an active agricultural business in Alberta and a minimum of $10,000 of farm commodity production income are eligible. An eligible on-farm water project can be located on private land, rented land, and certain types of Crown land subject to prior written approval from the landowner.
 
All participants must have completed a Long-Term Water Management Plan (new or amended) and have it approved by an ARD Water Specialist before starting a water project for their application to be considered eligible. LTWMPs that were approved during GF1 are still valid if they are accurate and identify the eligible water project you are interested in completing.
 
How do I apply for this Program?
 
1. Determine whether you are eligible and interested in the type of eligible projects listed. Note: Refer to the program’s Terms and Conditions and the On-Farm Water Management Program factsheet.
 
2. Complete a Long Term Water Management Plan for your farm. Note: Producers complete a Long-Term Water Management Plan – either independently or with the assistance of an ARD Water Specialist. A LTWMP template is provided to help producers create a Long-Term Water Management Plan. Submit your LTWMP to ARD for review by an ARD Water Specialist. Upon approval, they will provide a LTWMP approval confirmation letter as part of the grant application package.
 
3. Obtain any approvals required. Note: Projects must meet the requirements of all applicable federal and provincial legislation and contact must be made to pertinent agencies prior to starting a project. A completed Environmental Checklist, highlighting environmental concerns for the producer to address, will help you with this and is also required as part of a grant application.
 
4. Complete your project or projects identified in your approved LTWMP.
 
5. Submit the Grant Application Form and supporting documents to:
 
Growing Forward 2 Program Delivery Branch
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
Strategy and Program Delivery Branch
Room 201, J.G. O'Donoghue Building
7000 - 113 Street
Edmonton Alberta T6H 5T6
Or Fax (780) 427-5921
 
To find out more about the program, or to speak with an ARD Water Specialist, please contact the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276).
 
Alternatively you can visit the Growing Forward Website at http://www.growingforward.alberta.ca/index.htm