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Controlling Cropland Erosion

The purpose of this LEAP category is to help landowners protect valuable cropland soil resources from erosion by providing free technical expertise and cost sharing initiatives. Water quality is vastly improved when soil erosion interventions are put in place.


Landowners within the Lake Simcoe watershed may qualify for grants of 50% of project costs for eligible projects, to a maximum of $5,000. Additional funds may be available from other environmental grant funding sources. LSRCA Stewardship Technicians will ensure that you are made aware of all the grant funding programs available to you.​


What projects are eligible?

  • Grassed waterways
  • Water and sediment control basins
  • Terraces and Drop structures

What costs may be covered?

  • Professional designs
  • Tile outlet protection, including rip rap or appropriate armour material, filter cloth, and rodent guards
  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Work that happens prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance


  • Conservation tillage practices are encouraged on adjacent fields
  • Design by professional engineers may be advisable on complex and/or large projects. The private sector is expected to fill these requirements. Supervision of construction is not mandatory, yet may be specified as required by program representatives on large and/or complex projects
  • Projects must be constructed according to Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food's Soil Erosion Manual specifications
  • Projects must obtain approval from appropriate agencies prior to construction. In addition, any work done on municipal drains also requires prior approval from the municipality
  • All collected water must be taken to sufficient and legal outlet
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you may not be eligible for funding
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to meet all municipal, provincial and/or federal regulatory or legal requirements.

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. The You are required to print and submit by mail or hand-deliver the completed checklist, application form and project profile as a complete application package to your area Stewardship Technician.

  1. Project Guidelines
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Applicant Information Form
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Use the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing/submitting all required documents. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact your Stewardship Technician to verify eligibility and to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the program or the application process. LEAP is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.