The purpose of this program is to help dairy farmers through the process of applying for cost sharing funds for their manure storage and handling systems. These systems need to be installed and maintained in order to prevent water contamination from manure and exercise yard runoff, and to encourage environmentally responsible manure handling and spreading practices.
Landowners within the Lake Simcoe watershed may qualify for grants of 50 per cent of project costs for eligible projects, to a maximum of $10,000. 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?
- Priority will be given to those projects that are within 100m from surface water
- Solid manure storage with runoff containment Roofed solid manure storage
- Concrete or steel liquid manure storage tanks (with or without lids)
- Earthen manure storage and runoff storage
- Runoff containment from exercise yards
- Other manure management or runoff control techniques may be considered, where they meet the spirit of the program.
- To receive financial assistance on a manure storage under this program, applicants must complete an adequate Nutrient Management Strategy (NMS) which complies with the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 (Ontario Regulation 267/03). The Conservation Authority must receive the approved NMS before cost share payment is provided for a completed manure storage project. This approval does not replace or supercede approval required through the Building Permit process
- Projects must meet current Construction and Siting protocols, and other requirements under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 (Ontario Regulation 267/03)
- All manure and runoff storage must have a minimum of 240 day storage capacity (or local township minimum, whichever is greater). Adequate storage capacity must be provided for both solid and liquid fractions of manure, as well as contaminated precipitation (where applicable)
- For roofed solid storage, three walls must be concrete at least 4 ft (1.2 m) above grade. The roof must provide adequate clearance for tractor and loader operation. The floor of the storage must be sloped to the back to contain any liquids. The storage entrance must be raised to prevent the entry of surface water from outside and to contain liquids inside Livestock access to solid manure storage areas must be discouraged
- Applications for an earthen storage must be accompanied by a report conducted by a soils consultant to verify the suitability of the site and an NMS must be completed in advance of application (see above for concrete structures)
- All manure storage facilities, including open liquid tanks must include safety features to prevent accidental access, and signage to warn of the dangers of access and/or toxic gases. Features to prevent flow of toxic gases into any connected livestock building must also be incorporated. Details regarding required safety features, siting and design may be found through local building departments, and the Canadian Farm Building Code.
What costs may be covered?
- Engineering fees
- Materials and labour associated with the approved project
- Pumping equipment for temporary storage sumps and permanent transfer piping to transfer manure into long term storage Transfer pumping equipment
- Walls around yards to direct contaminated precipitation into a runoff storage
- Storage covers and roofs
- Upgrading storage to increase the existing capacity to between 240 and 400 days
- Disconnection or plugging of existing tile-drain outlets in the vicinity of the manure storage
What isn't covered?
- Pumping equipment to empty long term storages
- Manure spreading equipment Slats or solid floors over in-barn storages including support posts, beams and roofs Barn gutters with less than 60-day capacity
- 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
- If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you may not be eligible for funding
- Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance.
How to Apply
Please review the following documents. 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.
- Project Guidelines
- Application Checklist
- Applicant Information Form
- Project Profile Form
- Safey Checklist: Liquid Manure Storage
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.