Rural-Water-Quality-Program - NVCA

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​Rural Water Quality Prog​​ram

(Dufferin County)

Grants-Dufferin-Poster-2018.jpg​​​​Financial assistance through the Rural Water Quality Program (RWQP) is available to qualified Dufferin C​ounty 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 & G​rant Rates

Grant Rate​​Maximum ​G​rant
Clean Water Diversion
Exclusion Fencing​
​Nutrient Management Plans
Crop Nutrient Plans 
Erosion Control Structures​
​Machinery Crossing Improvements
​Cover Crops
​Incentive based

​Living Snow Fences
​Tree Planting & Fragile Land Retirement
​Wetland Creation
​Wellhead Decommission
​​​Wellhead Protection
​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.

Project​​ Forms​

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

Program Guidelines:​

RWQ Grants Dufferin - Flyer​​​​

RWQ Grants Dufferin - Application Guidelines.pdf

Application Forms:

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.