Important dates

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).

Intake cycle schedule (retroactive to the start of the intake year)

  • Year 1: April 3, 2023 – November 30, 2023
  • Year 2: February 1, 2024 – November 30, 2024
  • Year 3: February 1, 2025 – November 30, 2025

Wetland intake cycle schedule (retroactive to the start of the intake year)

  • Year 1: April 3, 2023 – January 31, 2024
  • Year 2: February 1, 2024 – January 31, 2025
  • Year 3: February 1, 2025 – January 31, 2026

Overview

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.

Program details

  • 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 program funding maximums are:

    • $150,000 – active primary producers
    • $300,000 – Grazing Reserve Associations/operators of a Community Pasture, or an approved Indigenous applicant

    The minimum payment under the program is $2,000.

  • Eligibility

    To be eligible for this program, applicants must meet the following criteria for Applicant Type and Environmental Farm Plan:

    Eligible applicants

    • Primary producer: an individual, a corporation registered in Alberta, a post-secondary institution, or an applied research/forage association that is:
      • 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
      • responsible for input costs for that operation
      • not a landlord whose only interest in the operation is ownership
    • Grazing Reserve Association
    • Operator of a Community Pasture
    • Approved Indigenous applicants

    Environmental Farm Plan (EFP)

    An applicant must 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.

    Indigenous applicants

    The province is committed to supporting the success of Indigenous businesses in the agriculture and food sector. We understand that Indigenous businesses may have distinct characteristics reflective of regulatory, operational, cultural, and other factors affecting their business history and operation. We aim for flexibility in our programs. If you are interested in applying for the program but have questions about the application process or eligibility requirements, contact program staff at [email protected].

    Eligible activities

    Funding is available under the following categories.

    • pasture management
    • cropland conversion
    • tree establishment
    • wetland

    Funding list

    See the RALP Funding List for eligible activities, and for details on eligible and non-eligible expenses for each BMP.

    Note: review the Funding List directly before applying as it is subject to change.

  • Before you apply

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

  • How to apply

    Step 1: Check your eligibility

    Determine whether you are eligible by reviewing the RALP Terms and Conditions (PDF, 480 KB). Confirm that the proposed activities are eligible. Eligible activities are listed in the Funding List (PDF, 805 KB).

    Step 2: Complete application form

    Complete and sign the RALP Application form:

    Step 3: Submit application form

    Submit the completed Application Form and supporting documents by:

    Email

    Send PDF applications only to: [email protected]

    Mail

    Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program, Sustainable CAP
    Suite 303, 7000 113 Street NW
    Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

  • What happens next

    • If you email your application: you will be notified by email that your application has been received.
    • If you mail your application: you will be notified by mail or telephone 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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