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Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP): Boosting Ontario’s Agricultural Sustainability 

The Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) announced the second intake of the Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP) beginning June 3, 2024. This program is an integral part of the Ontario Agricultural Sustainability Initiative and designed to assist Ontario farmers in adopting agricultural practices that enhance environmental sustainability, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and increase carbon sequestration. 

Funding Snapshot: SCAP – Resilient Agricultural Landscape Program (RALP)  

Funding Details 

The RALP offers substantial financial support to eligible applicants: 

  • Maximum Funding per Project: Up to $150,000.
  • Total Funding per Applicant (2024-2028): Up to $400,000.

Eligible Projects 

The program supports a variety of project types that contribute to environmental sustainability: 

  • Natural Grassland Establishment: Converting agricultural land into natural grasslands to enhance biodiversity and sequester carbon. 
  • Perennial Biomass Crops: Growing perennial biomass crops for bioenergy, which can help reduce carbon emissions. 
  • Perennial Warm Season Pastures: Establishing warm-season pastures to improve soil health and carbon sequestration. 
  • Reduced Tillage: Implementing reduced tillage practices to maintain soil structure and reduce carbon release. 
  • Tree and Shrub Planting: Planting trees and shrubs to act as carbon sinks and improve ecosystem health. 
  • Water Retention Features: Developing features to retain water, enhance resilience against drought, and reduce runoff. 
  • Wetlands: Creating or restoring wetlands to sequester carbon and provide wildlife habitat. 

Applicant Eligibility 

To be eligible for RALP funding, applicants must: 

  • Be an Ontario farm business with a valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN). 
  • Have a current Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) certificate. 
  • Demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project within the specified timeline. 


Applications are open until funds are fully allocated. Given the competitive nature of the program, early submission is encouraged. 

Application Process 

The application process for the RALP is straightforward but requires attention to detail: 

  • Application Submission: Applications must be submitted electronically via the OSCIA Portal. 
  • Required Documentation: Applicants must provide a detailed project proposal, a site map, a letter of support from a qualified individual or organization, and proof of an Environmental Farm Plan certificate. 

Applying for Agricultural Grants  

By embracing sustainable agricultural practices through the RALP, Ontario farmers can play a crucial role in combating climate change and promoting environmental health, ensuring a prosperous future for the industry and the planet. 

The RALP is supported by the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), a collaborative initiative spanning 2023-2028. This five-year, $3.5-billion investment by federal, provincial, and territorial governments aims to enhance the competitiveness, innovation, and resilience of Canada’s agriculture, agri-food, and agri-based products sector. 

Visit our SCAP page to access various grants within the agricultural sector – find a dedicated grant program specific to your province.  

If your business is looking for agricultural grants, we are currently supporting applications for the programs listed below:  

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