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Efficient Grain Handling Program

This program assists producers with reducing the overall energy use on their operations.

Important dates

The Efficient Grain Handling Program application intake is currently closed. In response to industry engagement, updates are being made and programming is expected to resume in Year 2 of the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP). Information will be shared with Sustainable CAP subscribers as soon as a date for reopening is determined.


The Efficient Grain Handling Program assists primary producers with reducing the overall energy use on their farms. The program supports the purchase of grain handling system components that significantly improve energy efficiency over standard practices.

Program details

  • Funding

    Eligible expenses will be cost-shared at 50% grant and 50% applicant.

  • Eligibility

    Eligible applicants

    An applicant must:

    • be a Primary Producer
    • be responsible for input costs for a crop, bee, or livestock operation that produces at least $25,000 worth of farm commodities annually
    • not be a landlord whose only interest in a crop, bee, or livestock operation is ownership of the land, and


    • have a valid and current Alberta Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) certificate or completion letter, or
    • submit a copy of an EFP letter of completion or certificate with the Reimbursement Claim Form

    Note: The EFP program has implemented a 10-year renewal starting 2018. Therefore, an EFP completed more than 10 years before your application date will not be considered valid. To get a new EFP, or renew an existing one, visit Alberta Environmental Farm Plan.

    Eligible activities

    The cost of grain handling system components that significantly improve energy efficiency above standard configuration are eligible under the program. These components can be factory options on new equipment or retrofits installed on existing equipment. The minister must be satisfied that the applicant’s components offer significant energy efficiency improvements.

    Installation and labour costs are not ineligible except as part of an eligible pipeline-to-grain-dryer project.

    For details, refer to the Efficient Grain Handling Program Funding List.

    Important: program funding is 50% of eligible expenses. The minimum grant is $500; the maximum grant is $100,000.

    If you are interested in applying for an item that is not listed as eligible – and is not listed or indicated to be ineligible – call 310-FARM or email [email protected] to see if this item could be considered in an application.

    Note: this Funding List is subject to change.

  • Before you apply

    Funding is not guaranteed until your application has been approved. You may proceed at your own risk. If your application is not approved, you will not be reimbursed for any expenses associated with your project.

    All expenses incurred prior to April 1, 2023 are ineligible.

    Reimbursement requirements

    • Invoices must be under the Legal Name stated on your application.
    • Invoices must be dated after April 1, 2023.
    • You must be able to provide proof of payment (processed cheque, credit card statement) for all invoices, and proof of payment must be under the Legal Name on your application.
    • Cash payments will not be eligible unless accompanied by an official company voucher and proof of payment.
    • Leased items must show that they have been paid in full by the applicant; that is, the applicant has reimbursed the financial institution that the lease is through and must show proof of this transaction.
    • Barter or exchange transactions are not eligible.
    • Transactions between persons related by blood, marriage, adoption, common-law relationships, or close-business ties are not eligible.
  • How to apply

    Step 1. Check your eligibility

    Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the Efficient Grain Handling Program Terms and Conditions.

    Confirm that the proposed activities are eligible. Eligible activities are listed in the Funding List.

    Step 2. Complete application form

    Complete and sign the Efficient Grain Handling Program Application form (when the application intake is open).

    Step 3. Submit application form

    Submit the completed application form and supporting documents by:


    Send PDF applications only to: [email protected]


    Efficient Grain Handling Program, Sustainable-CAP
    Alberta Agriculture and Irrigation
    Suite 303, 7000 113 Street
    Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

  • What happens next

    If you email your application: you will be notified by email reply that your application has been received.

    If you mail your application: you will be notified by email. If no email is given you will receive a telephone call that your application has been received.

    If your application is missing information: you will be notified via email or telephone and asked to submit the missing information.

Processing times:

Application processing is underway but an estimated timeline for approval is not currently available. This information will be updated as soon as it is possible. We understand the importance of your application and appreciate your patience.

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