Rural Water Quality Program
Financial assistance through the Rural Water Quality Program (RWQP) is available to qualified Dufferin County landowners to share in the cost of selected projects that improve and protect water quality.
The RWQP makes grants available for on-the-ground projects to improve water quality and restore aquatic and wildlife habitat.
Landowners and farmers are encouraged to apply.
Grants range from 50-100% to a maximum of $5,000 depending on project type.
Eligible Projects & Grant Rates
|Clean Water Diversion||50%||$3,000|
|Nutrient Management Plans||75-100%||$2,000|
|Crop Nutrient Plans ||75%||$2,000|
|Erosion Control Structures||50%||$5,000|
|Machinery Crossing Improvements||50%||$3,000|
|Cover Crops||Incentive based|||
|Living Snow Fences||100%||$5,000|
|Tree Planting & Fragile Land Retirement||75%||$5,000|
|Innovative Technologies||Considered on an individual project basis|||
*Eligibility note: All Dufferin residents (not just farmers) are eligible to apply for well projects.
An Environmental Farm Plan or completed Rural Landowner Stewardship Guide is required to apply, as is a short application form. Project sites must by located in Dufferin County.
Any questions on the project and/or completed application forms for farms in the Dufferin portion of the Nottawasaga Valley Watershed (map) should be directed to:
Shannon Stephens, Healthy Waters Program Coordinator
NVCA, 8195 8th Line, Utopia, ON, LOM 1T0
T: 705-424-1479 ext 239
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Flyer
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Application Guidelines.pdf
RWQ Grants - Crop Nutrient Plan Application
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Clean Water Diversion & Nutrient Management Plan Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Livestock Exclusion Fencing Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Erosion Control Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Machinery Crossing Improvements Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Cover Crop Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Tree Planting Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Natural Area Restoration Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Well Decommissioning Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Innovative Projects Application.pdf
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Wellhead Protection (for farms)
RWQ Grants Dufferin - Wellhead Protection (non-farms)
These documents are available in alternative formats if required.