Resilient Agriculture Landscape Program (RALP)

By mmuise
Description:

The Resilient Agriculture Landscape Program (RALP) is designed to support producers to conserve and enhance the resiliency of agricultural landscapes by accelerating the adoption of land use and management practices that maximize provision of multiple ecological goods and services.


Comments on Funding:

The maximum funding for Field Development is up to $1,000/quarter acre.

Total project cost:
Stream 1: Commercial Producers, Processors, Harvesters and other Agri-Businesses (including Indigenous-owned businesses)
1. Funding will be provided for up to 75% of project costs unless otherwise specified, with a program lifetime maximum of $125,000*.
2. Major Agricultural Projects may be eligible for up to 75% funding to a maximum of $250,000, with third party analysis of a business plan.

Stream 2: New Entrants and Small Businesses
1. New Entrants and small businesses (stream 2) are eligible for a maximum of $30,000 in funding in two phases:
a) Phase 1: Up to $10,000 (cumulative) for activities including, but not limited to: initial start-up costs, business planning, training, and development of agri-environmental plans.
b) Phase 2: Upon completion of a business plan, up to $20,000 of additional funding to implement priority components identified in the business plan.
Additional funding within the Sustainable CAP program will be subject to the applicant having reported a minimum of $10,000 in farm or business income to the Canada Revenue Agency or enrollment in AgriStability.*
2. Expenses will be reimbursed to a maximum of 75% of project costs unless otherwise specified.

Deadline: March 2028
Eligibility:

Applicants for Stream 1:

    Commercial Producers, Processors, Harvesters and other Agri-Businesses (including Indigenous-owned businesses):
  • Must be a registered business in the NWT and have been in operation in the NWT for at least one year. Registration or incorporation under relevant legislation is required.
  • Must be recognized as a legal entity capable of entering into a contractual agreement and be in good standing with the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT).
  • Must have reported at least $10,000 in farming income or business income to the Canada Revenue Agency within the previous year.
  • Projects may require submission of a business plan prior to funding approval.
  • All businesses from which goods or services are purchased must be at Arm’s Length from the applicant, meaning not immediate family member(s) of the applicant (connected by blood relationship, adoption, marriage or common law partnership), not business affiliates of the applicant, or controlled in any way by the applicant.
  • Family members from the same farm, company, corporation or partnership shall be eligible as one individual, and not as separate recipients.
    Applicants for Stream 2: New Entrants and Small Businesses:
  • Must be a registered business in the NWT. Registration or incorporation under relevant legislation is required.
  • Farm or business is in a planning or development stage (has not reported more than $10,000 in income)*.
  • All businesses from which goods or services are purchased must be at Arm’s Length from the applicant, meaning not immediate family member(s) of the applicant (connected by blood relationship, adoption, marriage or common law partnership), not business affiliates of the applicant, or controlled in any way by the applicant.
  • Family members from the same farm, company, corporation or partnership shall be eligible as one individual, and not as separate recipients.
    *Once the $30,000 Stream 2 funding threshold has been reached, applications from businesses that report less than $10,000 in annual farm or business income may still be considered. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis to determine whether there has been extenuating circumstances why the applicant has not been able to develop their agriculture or food production operation and reach $10,000 in income.
    Processors, retailer/wholesalers, and service providers are not eligible for funding for activities related to RALP
    Eligible activities:
  • Implementation of best management practices (BMPs) that maximize provision of multiple ecological goods and services such as maintenance and provision of healthy soil and water resources, wildlife habitat and biodiversity, and adapting to impacts of climate change.
  • Support for enhanced knowledge transfer, extension, technical assistance, promotion, education, training and demonstration activities for best management practices and other practices and innovations (including clean technologies) that address agri-environmental issues, including climate change adaptation and mitigation, and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
Application Steps:

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Documentation Needed:

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Other Things to Note:

1. The Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP) supports projects and initiatives that:
- improve sector environmental performance, adaptation to climate change and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions;
- increase sector capacity and growth across the entire agri-food value chain; and,
- enhance sector resiliency, diversity, equity and inclusion, and public trust.
2. The Sustainable CAP NWT has two streams available for businesses:
- Stream 1: Commercial Producers, Processors, Harvesters and other Agri-Businesses (including Indigenous-owned businesses);
- Stream 2: New Entrants and Small Businesses.
3. Funding is available from April 2023 – March 2028.

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mmuise