Irrigation Conveyance Works Program FAQs

Irrigation Conveyance Works Program FAQs

What is the Purpose of the Program?

The purpose of the Growing Forward 2 Irrigation Conveyance Works Management Program is to provide support for managers of irrigation conveyance works through funding of studies and development of related tools to address environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities, enhance innovation and competitiveness of irrigated agriculture in Alberta, and for development of Emergency Preparedness Plans.

What are the eligible activities of the program?

Eligible activities include:

  • Development of Emergency Preparedness Plans or related training and education
  • Studies, or development of tools, that support and enhance sustainable water management through Irrigation Conveyance Works, including:
  • Development of tools that lead to improved operational efficiencies, such as water use forecasting, scheduling, water ordering and tracking system;
  • Studies to assess opportunities to enhance innovation and competitiveness of irrigation;
  • Studies to assess environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities for irrigation, for example: studies for improved water management practices to protect and enhance water quality for safe food production, and studies to investigate potential opportunities for carbon reduction, energy use reduction, or development of clean energy generation through Irrigation Conveyance Works.

What activities are not eligible for funding under the program?

Ineligible activities include:

  • Any project or activity that would be eligible for funding under the Irrigation Rehabilitation Program.
  • Any project or activity related only to non-agricultural use of water delivered through the Irrigation Conveyance Works.
  • Any project or activity related to routine operations of the Irrigation Conveyance Works.
  • Activities that occurred prior to or after the Program Term.

What costs are eligible for funding under the program?

Eligible costs include labour, salaried or contract services that are needed to:

  • Develop or update Emergency Preparedness Plans, or deliver training, extension and education related to Emergency Preparedness Plans.
  • Undertake studies or the development of tools in support of improved sustainability, operational efficiency, or reduced environmental impact of water management through Irrigation Conveyance Works.

What costs are not eligible for funding under the program?

Ineligible costs include:

  • Normal operations, salary and maintenance costs.
  • Costs funded through any other federal or provincial government grants, programs or projects.
  • Any costs not directly attributable to the project.

What level of funding is available under the program?

Subject to available funding, the Program provides grants on a cost-shared basis to cover Eligible Expenses for Projects in the following manner:

  • 75% of Eligible Expenses for the development of Emergency Preparedness Plans and training activities; or
  • 50% of Eligible Expenses for study and tool development Projects.

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The Program provides grants to cover Eligible Expenses for eligible activities up to;

  • a maximum $300,000 per Applicant per Project, and
  • a cumulative maximum of no greater than $300,000 per Applicant for the Program

Who is eligible to receive funds under the Program?

  • Irrigation Districts.
  • Registered Associations representing Irrigation Districts; such as the Alberta Irrigation Projects Association (AIPA).
  • Registered Associations representing a group of irrigators who share access to and use of Irrigation Conveyance Works and whose purpose is the development or improvement of Irrigation Conveyance Works.
  • First Nation operating Irrigation Conveyance Works in Alberta

How will projects be selected?

The primary criteria taken into consideration during the selection process are the degree of need and current gaps the proposed project will address, whether related to Emergency Preparedness Plans or studies and development of tools. The expected benefits to the irrigators, organization, and the public will also be considered.

For a comprehensive list of criteria please refer to the “Applications” section of the Irrigation Conveyance Works Management Program Terms and Conditions document.

How do I apply?

Application forms will be located on the Growing Forward 2 – Irrigation Conveyance Works Management Program webpage.

What is the deadline for funding?

The Application deadline for the Irrigation Conveyance Works Management Program is November 15, 2016.

If a project is approved for funding, is there a defined date by which the project must be complete?

Yes, all projects must be completed by March 31, 2018.

Are final reports required upon completion of the project?

Once the project is completed, a final report will be required, including all applicable financial records associated with the project. Please refer to the “Reporting Requirements” section of the Irrigation Conveyance Works Management Program Terms and Conditions document.

For more information

Contact the Irrigation and Farm Water Branch by phone: 403-381-5176.

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Phone: 310-FARM (3276)

Email: GrowingForward@gov.ab.ca

Web: www.growingforward.alberta.ca

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