The Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Other Land Stewardship Grants

Several organizations other than the NVCA make grants available to landowners in the Nottawasaga Valley.

Ontario Soil and C​rop Improvement Association Grants

Environmental Farm​​ Plan Workshops

Grant programs offered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) require an Environmental Farm Plan to apply.  Join the 70%+ of ​farmers that have completed theirs!

Learn how your farm rates with environmental risks, and how you can improve your farm,​​ your profitability, protect your and your family’s water, and lower your risk.

Want more information?

For an in-person workshop or online update visit the OSCIA website. 

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Canadian Agricultural Partnersh​ip Program

The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) is a $3.5 billion, 5-year agreement (April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2028) between the federal, provincial and territorial governments. It replaces the Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

This includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by the governments. In Ontario, this includes up to $569 million toward the agri-food industry.

 

Want more information?

Visit the Government of Ontario website.

​Spec​ies at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP)

The Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program (SARFIP) is a cost-share program available to farm businesses across Ontario. It provide funding for agricultural landowners interested in completing habitat creation and protection Best Management Practices (BMPs) that support species at risk. BMPs for croplands, grasslands, stream banks, shorelines, wetlands and woodlands may be eligible.

Have a question?

Contact the OSCIA at 519-826-4214.

Need help with a letter of support for your application?  

Stewardship staff from the NVCA may be able to help! Contact Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext 239.

SARFIP is funded by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests through the Species At Risk Stewardship Fund, and the Government of Canada through the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.

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Want more information?

Visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Associat​ion (OSCIA) website.

Manure and Biosolids Man​​agement Program (MBMP)

This program offers funding to improve soil health through investments in nutrient application. It offers 60% cost-share, to a maximum of $25,000 per eligible business.

Eligible Project include:

  • Customization of Spreading Equipment 
  • Customization for In-Crop Manure and/or Biosolids Applications 
  • Precision Application ∙ Purchase and installation of GPS mapping systems (limit of one per business) 
  • Slurry Seeding 
  • Reduce Soil Compaction 
  • Innovative Approaches to Manure and Biosolids Management 

Have a question? 

Contact the OSCIA at 519-826-4214.

Need help with a letter of support for your application?  

Stewardship staff from the NVCA may be able to help! Contact Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext 239.​

Manure and Biosolids Man​​agement Program

Want more information?

Visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Associat​ion (OSCIA) website.

Environmental Farm Plan

The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) is an assessment voluntarily prepared by farm families to increase their environmental awareness in up to 23 different areas on their farm. Through the EFP process, farmers highlight their farm’s environmental strengths, identify areas of environmental concern, and set realistic action plans with time tables to improve environmental conditions. The EFP can then be used in conjunction with cost-share programs to begin implementing their action plans.

Have a question? 

Contact Lois Sinclair, OSCIA Regional Lead for Bruce, Dufferin, Grey, Huron, Perth, Simcoe North, Simcoe South, Waterloo, Wellington, at 519-955-3139 or Lois.Sinclair@ontariosoilcrop.org.

Need help with a letter of support for your application?  

Stewardship staff from the NVCA may be able to help! Contact Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext 239.

NVCA supports and commends the work farmers have done since 1994 through the Environmental Farm Plan that has improved water quality and reduce soil erosion. To continue on this work, Growing Forward 2 (GF2) is a five-year (2013-2018) federal-provincial-territorial program with cost share funding opportunities for environmental projects: Manure Storage Improvements Manure Composting Efficient Land Application of Manure Livestock Facilities Runoff Control Cover Crops (for 1st timers, adoption of non-harvested, non-grazed, and non-traditional cover crops) Structural Erosion Controls Nutrient Recovery from Wastewater Fuel Storage Improvements Irrigation Water Efficiency Improvements Water Well Management (upgrades and decommissioning unused wells) Actions for Species At Risk* Preventing Wildlife Damage Implement systems and processes to treat water (preharvest and post-harvest) Implement Soil amendments practices and procedures

Want more information?

Visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Associat​ion (OSCIA) website.

Badger​Way

Did you know there are historic records of badgers in our area?  You can help bring this endangered species back from the brink.

Grants of up 75% up to $20,000 are available, such as:​

  • Perennial grass strips (contour buffer strips, grassed waterways, herbaceous wind barriers, headland retirement, and field edge plantings)
  • Native tree and shrub planting (For Spring plantings – must be done directly through a Conservation Authority or eligible Planting Delivery Agent)
  • Native grassland restoration
Need help with a letter of support for your application?  

Stewardship staff from the NVCA may be able to help! Contact Shannon Stephens at 705-424-1479 ext 239.

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Want more information?

Visit the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Associat​ion (OSCIA) website.

Ducks Unlimited Canada

For more than 85 years, Ducks Unlimited Canada, (DUC), has been delivering wetland conservation in Canada. In Ontario, DUC has been implementing its habitat conservation program across the province since 1974, and our success is rooted in an incredible community of people and partners who believe in the power and importance of conservation. Together, we are conserving and restoring precious wetlands, grasslands, forests and other natural habitats in some of the most valuable and vulnerable areas of the province. When passionate people come together, our potential to create a brighter future is unlimited.

Demand for wetland restoration is rising as landowners connect healthy watersheds with clean water, flood mitigation and climate resilience. It’s estimated that up to 70 per cent of wetlands have been lost in southern Ontario—and up to 95 per cent in the most populated areas. Large-scale wetland restoration can reverse the downward trend of habitat loss and even turn it around to a net gain on the landscape.

Wetlands are power players on the landscape, filtering sediment and helping to recharge groundwater, sequester carbon and reduce flood damage from storm and melt events. Restored wetlands are phosphorus sinks, capturing nutrients before they move downstream to raise the risk of dangerous algal blooms. The natural flood-management services of wetlands are a cost-effective complement to traditional infrastructure built to protect communities from floods. All while providing sustainable green spaces and beautiful wildlife for everyone to enjoy.

DUC offers a variety of landowner programs. From financial support and land management advice to partnerships and resources for habitat enhancement.

DUC Programs in Ontario include:

· Wetland restoration and creation (1/2 acre+)

· Livestock fencing, watering systems & water diversions

· Nest Box Program

· Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program

· Conservation Easements

· Grassland Offset Program

Resource: A landowner’s guide to wetland restoration in Ontario

Not sure what program will work for you? Let’s talk! Visit https://ag.ducks.ca/programs/ontario/ Or email ontario@ducks.ca

For more information about what DUC does across Canada, visit: https://www.ducks.ca/

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Want more information?

Visit the Ducks Unlimited website.

 

Have a question? 

Contact David McLachlin, Biologist, Ducks Unlimited Canada, 705-721-4444 ext. 231 or d_mclachlin@ducks.ca

Evergre​​en Grants

Evergreen offers several granting programs, including:

Want more information?

Visit the Evergreen website.

TD Friends of ​​the Environment Grants

The Foundation supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary focus on environmental education and green space programs.

Eligible projects in​clude:

  • Schoolyard greening and outdoor classrooms
  • Park revitalization & restoration work
  • Butterfly gardens & pollinator programs
  • Community gardens
  • Natural playgrounds (natural play elements only)
  • Citizen science projects in public green spaces
  • Trail building and restoration
  • Neighbourhood park programming
  • Recycling/composting programs
  • In-class/indoor and outdoor environmental education programming

Organizations eligible to receive funding:

  • Registered Canadian charities with a Charitable Registration Number (CRN)
  • Educational institutions (primary/secondary/post-secondary)
  • Municipalities
  • Aboriginal groups

Want more information?

Visit the TD FEF website for program details.

Grey-Bruce A​​LUS – ​Alternative Land Use Services

For watershed landowners in Grey County, ALUS Grey-Bruce currently supports projects such as:

  • tree planting
  • wetland creation
  • buffer enhancement (streams and wetlands)
  • exclusion fencing
  • grassland plantation/preservation
  • pollinator habitat 
  • and many more types of projects.

Have a question? 

​Contact Keith and Joni Reid at 519-379-4086 or keith@greyagservices.ca

Want more information?

Visit the ALUS website.

Maple Leaves Fo​rever

Maple Leaves Forever offers rebates to support the purchase of native trees from partner nurseries. Rebates range from 10% to 25%.

Have a question? 

For more information, contact  John Cary at 416-255-0385 or jcary@sympatico.ca.

Please note: These resource links are provided for your information. NVCA does not endorse or approve any of the products, services or opinions found on external sites. Further, NVCA is not responsible for the accuracy, accessibility, legality or content found on the external sites. 

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Want more information?

Visit the Maple Leaves Forever ​website.​

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