Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP)

By mmuise
Description:

The Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP) funding is offered on a per-acre payment basis for a term of 3 years. In this way, RALP can better support producers in their ability to implement projects on their land that over time can provide significant benefits for the producer, the public and future generations. Supports producers to conserve and enhance the environmental resiliency of their agricultural landscapes.


Comments on Funding:

The program will pay a per-acre fee that is calculated to cover most of the applicant’s implementation cost and and may also pay an opportunity cost. Additionally, applications will be evaluated based on project size, carbon sequestration improvement, number of livestock impacted, and water quality and biodiversity enhancement, which may result in an impact adjustment payment (impact adjustment payments will vary based on the minister's discretion).

The minimum payment under the program is $2,000.
The program funding maximums are:
- $150,000 for active primary producers;
- $300,000 – Grazing Reserve Associations/operators of a Community Pasture, or an approved Indigenous applicant.

Deadline: February 1, 2024 – November 30, 2024
Eligibility:

Applicants must meet the following criteria for Applicant Type and Environmental Farm Plan:

  • be a primary producer: an individual, a corporation registered in Alberta, a post-secondary institution, or an applied research/forage association that is:
    a) be responsible for the day-to-day management of an agricultural operation (such as an annual crop, bee, or livestock operation) in Alberta that produces at least $25,000 worth of farm commodities annually;
    b) be responsible for input costs for that operation;
    c) not be a landlord whose only interest in the operation is ownership.
  • be a Grazing Reserve Association;
  • be an Operator of a Community Pasture;
  • be Approved Indigenous applicants.
  • have a current EFP Certificate or letter of completion or must be currently working on an EFP and is able to receive an EFP certificate or letter of before the end of the project term. The EFP must be completed within 10 years from the date your proposal is received or it will not be considered valid. To get started on your EFP visit: Alberta Environmental Farm Plan.
  • have activities under the following categories:
    a) pasture management;
    b) cropland conversion;
    c) tree establishment;
    d) wetland.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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Other Things to Note:

1. To support continued innovation, growth and prosperity, the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) has launched its programs. This 5‐year (2023-2028), $3.5 billion investment includes $1 billion in federal programs and activities and $2.5 billion in cost-shared programs and activities by federal-provincial-territorial governments.
2. Sustainable CAP program to start accepting applications April 3, 2022. Watch for funding announcements beginning April 3, 2023.
3. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis within each intake cycle year.
Note: the Wetland funding category has a different schedule than that of the other beneficial management practices (BMPs).

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