Riparian & Grazing BMPs

Riparian & Grazing BMPs2024-04-18T14:38:15-07:00

Cost Shared Ratio: 60% or 90%, if indicated below

Maximum total funding amount for all projects undertaken in the Riparian & Grazing category: $70K unless otherwise noted

Application Window: Opens January 30, 2024

Submission Window: February 13, 2024 at 9 AM to February 20, 2024 at 4 PM

Project Completion Date: + 140 days from Project Approval/Start Date

Categories:

  • Alternative watering systems for livestock
  • Creation or widening of buffers (grasses, trees, or shrubs) adjacent to surface water sources*
  • Fencing to improve grazing and improve riparian condition and function*
  • Rejuvenation and enhancement of sensitive areas through revegetation and restoration of disturbed areas
  • Improved grazing management of tame pasture
  • Improved grazing management of native pasture
  • Improved stream crossings
  • Erosion control and riparian habitat structures
  • Stormwater/runoff management around confined livestock facilities*
  • Relocation of livestock confinement*
  • Field access improvements for livestock winter feeding areas

BMPs eligible for Fraser Valley Flood Mitigation Program funding are indicated with * and orange text.

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Area of Interest:

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

Applicants must:

  • Have an Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) that is less than 5 years old and reflects the current farm or ranch operation. The EFP must be renewed if it is more than 5 years old, or if there have been changes made to the farm or ranch operation that could have impacted the environmental risk. This does not imply the farm operation will be able to access BMP program dollars nor does it imply the farm cap will be reset.
  • The farm or ranch operation must be in British Columbia and have valid “Farm Class” land as designated by the BC Assessment Authority or be a First Nations agricultural operation with designated authority to use the land.
  • The applicant must have a valid business (GST) number.
  • Access to certain BMPs require additional assessments, planning or design that must completed prior to approval (e.g., Nutrient or Riparian Management Plans). These BMPs are “linked”, and the planning BMP must be completed and submitted prior to beginning a project. Concurrency of planning and/or technical assessment may be allowed for projects that are not contingent on a final design for the project construction activity or may be waived at the discretion of the Program Manager. All Planning BMPs require prior approval.

Ineligible Activities and Expenses

Unless specified in a BMP Practice Code, the following costs are ineligible:

  • Fertilizer, seed, and crop protection products
  • Fees for permits, approvals, or legal activities
  • Typical farm equipment and related accessories or attachments (including tractors, skid steers and trailers)
  • Costs of ongoing activities
  • Maintenance or repair costs
  • Financing charges, loan interest payments, bank fees and charges
  • Maintenance or extended warranties on equipment, electronics, or technology purchases
  • New building construction including sheds, barns, or storages (for products or by-products)
  • Expenses incurred prior to approval, or expenses after the project completion date unless consent is received from the program.

Additional Eligibility Requirements & Notices

  • Stacking of funds from other government programs is not allowed.

Applications

Applicants will apply through the IAF Client Portal. REMINDER: Do not wait to start this process – it can take up to two business days to validate your organization!

The application process will consist of:

REMINDER: Do not wait to start this process – it can take up to two business days to validate your organization!

  • Go to IAF’s Client Portal
  • Create a personal profile (name and email)
  • Provide organization information, including:
    • Name
    • Contact details
    • Type of organization
    • BC ID / CRA numbers
    • Primary contact
    • And more

Select the Beneficial Management Practices Program from Funding Opportunities, and provide:

  • Applicant type
  • Project start & end dates
  • Alignment with program priorities
  • Description of key activities, who will oversee/undertake work, and timeline
  • Demonstrate how all technical, environmental, regulatory standards and/or requirements (as applicable) are met.
  • Copies of relevant documents (e.g., permits, licensing, CBA, documentation from Dam Safety or Water Authorization Program staff)
  • Performance measurement information
  • Funding request / project budget
  • and more!

Applicants may be required to provide supplementary materials in support of their application (e.g., budget, water licence, change approval). These documents can be uploaded through the IAF Client Portal as attachments to the application.

IAF staff are available to answer questions regarding eligible activities, costs and/or the application process. IAF may also contact applicants for additional information or clarification to assess their application. Applicants can contact bmp@iafbc.ca with any questions about the program or to receive support in developing their application.

Applicants are encouraged to include only activities they are confident will be completed on time and within budget limits.

Need help with IAF’s Client Portal?

We’ve created a number of tutorials and FAQs about the IAF Client Portal to help you navigate this resource successfully.

Demographic Information

As this program is funded under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, you are required to provide additional demographic information. The demographic information is collected by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food and must be done prior to submitting your application. To provide your demographic information:

  • Start drafting your application in the IAF Client Portal.
  • Copy your application ID (it will be provided to you at the Demographic data section of the application, or see the top of your application form). You will need to put this ID into the Ministry’s form.
  • Visit the Ministry’s webpage through the link on the application and complete the form. (Note: this will open a new browser tab).
  • Once the form is complete, copy the Ministry’s confirmation number and enter it in the application form. It should look something like this AB123456

Note: Demographic information will not be used to assess eligibility for the program.

Review and Adjudication

NEW THIS YEAR: Applicants are invited to start (i.e. draft, edit & view) their application prior to the submission window opening.

Upon submission of an application, all BMP applications will be reviewed under the first-come, first-serve model for 2024/25 intakes. Project applications are screened and reviewed by IAF Staff. This review involves:

  • Ensuring application completeness.
  • Organization/Applicant eligibility check.
  • Project alignment and eligibility check.

Applications will be considered until all available funding is committed. All decisions regarding application status are final. All applicants will receive a funding decision email from IAF.

Notifications & Obligations

Funding Notifications & Contracts

If the project is approved, IAF will inform the applicant of the details of the decision and any associated terms and conditions by email within eight weeks of the application close date or the submission of the application if in the case of an ongoing intake window.
Funding is application and project-specific and must be used for the approved project and related expenses. Funds are non-transferable.
Retroactive costs will not be considered.
Projects funded in 2024 may begin on or after April 1, 2024, and must be completed by set dates determined by category. If the project is not approved, the applicant will receive a written response from IAF.

Changes to Contracted Projects

If you are not able to complete your project or require a change, please inform the IAF Team as soon as possible using the IAF Client Portal.

Funding Acknowledgement

This program is funded by the Government of BC and/or Canada, as such acknowledgement of funding is required when publicly communicating about a project and/or funding. To ensure appropriate acknowledgement, all communications and marketing materials, including public announcements or social media posts, must be pre-approved by the IAF Communications Team. Materials can be submitted via the IAF Client Portal.

Reporting Requirements

Successful applicants must complete a final report prior to receiving funds from the program. This report must be filled out and submitted to IAF along with all invoices for the project to be considered for funding reimbursement. It is important that the final report is submitted on time and with all required information. Expenses will be reimbursed based on the submitted receipts, the approved project budget and the corresponding cost-share ratio. All reporting will be completed via the IAF Client Portal.

Project Details

 

BMP Category

Practice Code

and Commodity

Eligible BMPs and Costs Required plans or actions to be completed prior to or concurrent with a project
1001 – Alternative Watering Systems to Manage Livestock Establishment of off-site watering systems for livestock to minimize negative impacts on habitat for wildlife and species at risk

For example: solar, gravity-fed, wind, grid or alternative power

·    Pumps

·    Storage

·    Power setup from existing power line

·    Waterlines

·    Construction

·    Protective fencing or portable panels

·    Monitoring equipment

 

Ineligible items:

·    Repair and maintenance of existing riparian pasture management systems and equipment

·    On-going maintenance costs of existing equipment

·    Opportunity costs associated with payments for land taken out of production

·    Installation costs of main electrical service

 

Note: Approval of projects will be contingent upon adherence to all federal, provincial, and municipal guidelines and regulations for project design and implementation.

Engineering or technical design may be required (1007) if watering system construction occurs in within the riparian area
1002 – Creation or widening of buffers (grasses, trees, or shrubs) adjacent to surface water sources (Riparian Habitat Establishment) *

 

 

For example: establishment / planting of adaptable, hardy, permanent native and/or non-invasive introduced species of grasses, forbs, trees and shrubs

·    Pre-planting site preparation and plant purchase costs prior to the year of planting if needed

·    Establishment year site preparation including weed control, irrigation (trickle or drip), or temporary fencing

·    Purchase / planting / establishment costs for grasses from certified seed, forbs, trees and shrubs for the year of planting

·    Consultative service for suitable species, composition and maintenance

Ineligible Items:

·    On-going maintenance

·    Costs associated with acquiring / planting invasive plant species

·    Opportunity costs associated with payments for land taken out of production

·    Landscape quality or landscaping type plantings

·    Commercial fruit trees, Christmas trees, ornamentals, afforestation, woodlot establishment and reforestation.

·    Purchase and relocation of established trees

 

Note: Maintenance one year after the planting year can be included as part of the project proposal but is subject to the availability of funding in following program year.

Engineering or technical design may be required (1102) if construction other than fencing occurs in riparian area
1003 – Fencing to Manage and Improve Riparian Condition and Function * To cover a portion of the costs for:

·    Fencing parallel to water’s edge to exclude livestock in order to maintain or improve riparian conditions and function. Eligible permanent fencing inclusive of all costs including in-kind labour

·    Protection of newly established or enhanced riparian buffers (Practice Code 1002)

·    Livestock out of stream water source

·    Costs associated with improving or removing stream/ creek crossings to improve fish and wildlife habitat.

Ineligible Items:

·    Repair and maintenance of existing riparian pasture management systems and equipment (e.g. can’t be used to repair existing fence)

·    On-going maintenance costs

·    Opportunity costs associated with payments for land taken out of production

Note: Approval of projects will be contingent upon adherence to all applicable guidelines and regulations for project design and implementation

Engineering or technical design may be required (1102) if construction other than fencing occurs in riparian area
1004 – Rejuvenation and enhancement of sensitive areas through revegetation and restoration of disturbed areas To cover a portion of the cost for:

·        Seeding and planting of native plant material (grasses, legumes, forbs, shrubs, and trees) and on-going maintenance of an established or restored site

·        Seeding and planting of native plants to establish native perennial forage cover to provide wildlife habitat.

Ineligible Items:

·    Tame or agronomic pasture seeding and establishment or renovation costs

·    Pasture renovation

·    Altering native species plant balance

·    Routine forage management practices

·    Costs associated with acquiring / planting invasive plant species

·    Opportunity costs associated with payments for land taken out of production

·    Establishing forages as part of the operation’s normal crop rotation

 

Note:

·    Native vegetation refers to plant species indigenous to the area.

Restoration refers to improving the ecological integrity of disturbed or degraded sites. Establishment refers to an area under different land use and the native species must be planted

Grazing Management Plan (2601)

Engineering or technical design may be required for project design (1102)

 1005.1 – Improved grazing management of Tame Pasture To cover a portion of the costs for:

·    Cross fencing to implement rotational, seasonal, rest, swath, and extended grazing systems

·    Eligible permanent fencing inclusive of all costs including in-kind labour

·    Portable electric fencing, set-ups, including solar battery chargers, battery and initial line and post purchases

·    Cross fencing: Eligibility for funding must be based on required plan(s) that identifies the importance and value of cross fencing in dealing with identified environmental risks and achieving environmental benefits

·    Monitoring and management equipment

Ineligible Items:

·    Perimeter fencing

·    Pasture seeding and establishment costs

·    Pasture renovation

·    Repair and maintenance of existing riparian erosion control or riparian pasture management systems and equipment (e.g. can’t be used to repair existing fence)

·    On-going maintenance costs

·    Opportunity costs associated with payments for land taken out of production

 

Note: Approval of projects will be contingent upon adherence to all federal, provincial, and municipal guidelines and regulations for project design and implementation

Grazing Management Plan (2601)
1005.2 – Improved grazing management of Native Pasture Emphasis on the four rotational grazing principles:

·        Balance forage supply and livestock demand;

·        Distribute grazing pressure across the pasture;

·        Provide rest for pasture plants during the growing season to help plants recover; and

·        Avoid grazing during sensitive times.

To cover a portion of the costs for:

·        Cross fencing to implement rotational, seasonal, rest, swath, and extended grazing systems

·        Eligible permanent fencing inclusive of all costs including in-kind labour

·        Portable electric fencing, set-ups, including solar battery chargers, battery and initial line and post purchases

·        Cross fencing: Eligibility for funding must be based on required plan(s) that identifies the importance and value of cross fencing in dealing with identified environmental risks and achieving environmental benefits

·        Monitoring and management equipment

Ineligible Items:

·        Perimeter fencing

·        Pasture seeding and establishment costs

·        Pasture renovation

·        Repair and maintenance of existing riparian erosion control or riparian pasture management systems and equipment (e.g. can’t be used to repair existing fence)

·        On-going maintenance costs

·        Opportunity costs associated with payments for land taken out of production

 

·    Note: Approval of projects will be contingent upon adherence to all federal, provincial, and municipal guidelines and regulations for project design and implementation

Grazing Management Plan (2601)
1006 – Improved Stream Crossings Costs associated with structures that demonstrate improved riparian conditions:

·    new structures

·    improvements and/or repairs to existing structures

·    removal or re-location of existing structures

·    structures may include bridges or culverts

Eligible expenses include materials, labour, and equipment rental associated with earthwork, installation of structures, and re-vegetation work in addition to the constructed works.

 

Ineligible items:

·    On-going maintenance costs

·    Stream crossing projects that are associated with a new or expanded agricultural activity– where no crossing has existed previously

·    Projects that include culverts must meet same requirements as bridges in terms of design and regulations

 

Note: All projects must be properly designed by an accredited engineering consultant or a qualified professional in accordance with federal, provincial and local government regulations and specifications

Engineering or technical design (1102) may be required if construction occurs within water riparian area
1101 – Erosion Control and Riparian Habitat Structures ·    Contour Terraces (e.g., earthwork, seedbed preparation, seed)

Eligible expenses will include site assessment, materials, labour, equipment rental associated with earthwork, installation of structures, and re-vegetation work in addition to the constructed works.

·    Gully Stabilization/Grassed Waterways (e.g., earthwork, erosion control matting, silt fencing, seedbed preparation, seed, outlet structure)

·    Bank Stabilization (e.g., bank shaping, revetment, gabions, riprap, crib walls, re-vegetation, blanketing and combinations

·    Drop Inlet Structures and In Channel Control (e.g., drop structures)

·    Improved Infiltration of Concentrated Water Flow (e.g., filter trenches, filter wells, diffusing wells, etc.)

·    Retention Ponds and Erosion Control Dams (in riparian areas)

·    Wetland Restoration –earthworks, ditch plugs, equipment rentals. The intent of funding wetland restoration will not be directed at projects that are principally intended to be used for water sources (i.e.; dams and dugouts). The wetland must be restored to as close as the original size, depth and ecological function as possible. In addition, A one-time payment for the restoration of wetlands will be issued to individuals

·    Surface water diversion on slopes

 

Ineligible items:

·    Systematic tile and other subsurface drainage systems that are not an integral part of erosion control structure

·    Activities related to constructing or repairing drainage systems, where the purpose is to remove ponded water or draining saturated soils, are not eligible for funding

·    Converting open channels to closed drainage systems

·    Construction of new drainage channels or repair of existing drainage systems (e.g. drainage ditch clean-outs)

·    Costs of tile and installation that exceeds 30 meters for riparian drop inlet structure projects

·    Installation of drop inlets for drainage of ponded surface water (e.g. not associated with an erosion control structure)

·    Header tile systems

·    Tile outlet structures associated with new tile drainage installations

·    Retrieving topsoil from areas of deposition and transporting it upslope to eroded hillsides

·    Construction and land improvement activities not associated with soil erosion control

·    There will be no provision for ongoing payments for maintenance of wetlands and/or other infrastructure associated with wetlands

·    Funding in this category will not extend to cover pothole/wetland consolidation or deepening existing functioning wetlands

 

Note: All projects must be properly designed by an accredited engineering consultant or a qualified professional in accordance with federal, provincial and local government regulations and specifications

Engineering or technical design will be required (1102) when construction occurs within wetted portion of the riparian area or within a stream channel
0501 – Storm water/runoff management around confined livestock facilities * ·    Upstream diversion around outdoor confined livestock areas or downstream protection of stewardship areas

·    Projects may include catch basins, retention ponds, in field diversion works, or constructed wetlands

 

·    Ineligible items: Gutters and downspouts for farm buildings are not eligible for funding. These are standard building components that are the responsibility of producers

Must have technical design (0503)
0601 – Relocation of livestock facilities *

 

·    Relocation of corrals, paddocks and wintering sites away from riparian areas.

·    Relocation of fences, powerlines, trails or other infrastructure having negative impacts on species at risk.

Notes: Funding is to be used to move operations away from sensitive surface water, riparian areas, critical wildlife habitat and areas of severe erosion potential

·    Groundwater protection: Proximity to sensitive groundwater is not a rationale for use of this BMP

·    Existing site must be decommissioned

Ineligible items:

·    Construction of impermeable surfaces or roofs are ineligible unless they existed at the decommissioned site. New water supply infrastructure is ineligible unless it was part of the decommissioned site.

0704 – Field access improvements for livestock winter feeding areas ·    Examples include alleyway / access lane upgrades to improve distribution of feed and manure away from riparian areas or high-risk ground water areas

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Riparian & Grazing BMPs Program Dates

Application Window: Opens January 30, 2024

Submission Window: February 13, 2024 – February 20, 2024

Thank you to all who submitted an application!

Resources

FAQ

Will IAF consider multi-year BMP Projects for funding approval?2024-02-05T14:48:45-08:00

IAF will consider multi-year projects for the current intakes, however these will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Applications that intend to span more than one fiscal year must indicate the work that will occur in each project year and the budget associated with that work. It should be noted that projects that span more than one fiscal year will still only be entitled to the same Maximum Total Funding Amount for the one Fiscal Year (for example, for Riparian and Grazing Projects, the maximum total funding amount would remain $70,000). Requests for consideration must include justification for extending the project beyond the standard project completion timeline. 

When will payment(s) be received?2024-02-05T14:48:10-08:00

IAF provides payments by EFT (direct deposit). To get your EFT information set up to ensure timely delivery of your payment(s) please follow the directions provided here to update your client portal.

Payments will be made based on actual expenses reported, and payments will be made in arrears. All projects require an approved report to receive payment.

When can I expect to hear back about a funding decision?2024-02-05T14:47:42-08:00

Funding decisions for complete applications will be communicated to applicants within 8 weeks of the program’s close or the application submission if in the case of an ongoing intake window.

IAF will return incomplete applications to applicants via the IAF Client Portal for resubmission with missing information/clarifications requested. IAF will complete adjudication and notification of funding decisions within eight weeks of application resubmission.

What proof of equipment (or similar) purchase do you require?2024-02-05T14:46:49-08:00

When reporting, you may be asked to submit an image of the equipment (or similar) serial number; this serial number must match the serial number on the submitted invoice.

What is the difference between the application and submission window?2024-02-05T14:51:19-08:00

The Beneficial Management Practices (BMP) Program is a first-come, first-serve program. For the 2024 application window, we heard feedback that applicants wanted to have time to review the application before submissions start to see the specific application questions and requirements and to start preparing their application before submissions begin.

The application window is the two-week period where an applicant is able to view, draft, and save their application. The submission window is the 6-day period where an applicant can submit their application.

What if my project requires a permit?2024-02-05T14:47:15-08:00

Please provide the status of the permit and any supporting documentation at the time of application.

My total project costs are more than the funding cap for the program, what do I do?2024-02-05T14:49:59-08:00

Please only submit costs up to the cap of the category/project. If you exceed the program/project cap on your application, you will receive an error and will need to adjust your application details before you are able to submit.

Is GST an eligible cost as part of my project expenses?2024-02-05T14:45:45-08:00

No, GST is not eligible for reimbursement.

I cannot submit my application due to a ‘total funding requested’ error, how do I submit?2024-02-05T14:49:26-08:00

If you receive an error similar to the error below, please adjust your project costs to be below or at the maximum funding amount. We acknowledge that projects may cost more to complete – but the request may not exceed the amount due to system limitations.

How long does it take to register my organization? Is this included in the deadline?2024-02-05T14:45:13-08:00

Your organization must register through the IAF Client Portal to apply to IAF programs. Please note, if you have not already registered, this process can take up to 2 business days and must be completed before the application deadline.

How long can I take to complete my project?2024-02-05T14:46:25-08:00

The completion date of your project is dependent on the BMP category you apply for, as well as the project start date. Please see Important Dates for details.

Do I have to complete the SCAP Demographic Data form again if I’ve applied for one or more SCAP programs/projects?2024-02-27T08:56:31-08:00

No, provided the last time you completed the form was in the same fiscal year, you can input the confirmation number provided by the Ministry into another application form.

If you last completed the form a year or more ago, please complete a new Demographic Data Collection Survey for IAF Applicants.

Can I change the BMP category on my application after I have started?2024-02-05T14:50:26-08:00

Yes. However, please remove all numbers entered in the previously chosen BMP practice code. If you do not remove the previously entered numbers, they will affect the total funding requested calculation at the end of your application.

Beneficial Management Practices Program Guide

Download the Beneficial Management Practices Program Guide.

Riparian & Grazing Appendix

Download the Beneficial Management Practices Program Riparian & Grazing Appendix.

Funding Acknowledgement Requirements

Download the Funding Acknowledgement Requirements for the Beneficial Management Practices Program.

Land Owner Statement

Download the Land Owner Statement for the Beneficial Management Practices Program.

Need a Contractor?

IAF has assembled a list of verified contractors that are able to help execute your plan/design.

Have an Active Project?

Please visit the program’s Project Resource Hub for more information.

Have a Question?

Contact the IAF Team

Please note: the Government of BC may, from time to time, give instructions to IAF in relation to the delivery and administration of this program. IAF must and will comply with those instructions.

Funding for this program has been provided by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a $3.5-billion, 5-year agreement between the federal, provincial and territorial governments to strengthen the competitiveness, innovation, and resiliency of the agriculture, agri‐food and agri‐based products sector. The program is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation of BC.

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