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Frequently Asked Questions

FHIP 2017


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Changes to 2017 Program Rules

Why will the Western and Central basins of Lake Erie have first priority to receive funding this year?
With a shared responsibility with partners from the United States, Ontario has committed to continue to improve the health of the Great Lakes through various bi‑national water quality agreements. In recent years, declining water quality caused by algal blooms has been a significant concern in parts of Lake Erie, the shallowest of the Great Lakes. To support water quality improvements in Lake Erie, Ontario has committed to targets to reduce phosphorus entering Lake Erie’s western and central basins by 40% by 2025. Many sectors, including the agriculture and agri-food sector, are working together to achieve these targets.

If I received funding last year, can I apply again this year?
Yes, but keep in mind that:

  • As of FHIP 2017, applicants can only access the High Priority funding level one time (including projects supported in 2015 and 2016
  • The maximum Farmland Health Incentive Program contribution per farm business is $50,000 from April 1, 2015 to program end, March 31, 2018.
  • If a producer has already received funding through GLASI for BMP 6 in either 2015 FHIP and/or 2016 FHIP they are not eligible to receive funding again through BMP 6 for the 2017 program
  • Applicants who have accessed the Systems Bonus as part of the 2015 or 2016 Farmland Health Incentive Program are not eligible for this bonus level in 2017.
  • For BMP-1 Cover Crops and BMP-2 Adding Organic Amendments, the maximum is now 200 acres per farm business over the lifespan of the GLASI program (2015-2018).
  • To be eligible, the practice cannot have been used more than once in the last five years, as identified on your Farmland Health Check-Up
  • If a proposed project receives a Priority Subwatershed Project allocation, the same project is not eligible for other funding programs delivered by OSCIA.

I received funding for GF2 or other OSCIA cost-share programs; can I still apply for FHIP this year?

  • Participation in Growing Forward 2 or other OSCIA delivered cost-share programs over previous years (with the exception of FHIP 2015 or 2016) by the business does not affect the allowable contribution available for FHIP in the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • If a proposed project receives a FHIP allocation, the same project is not eligible for other funding programs delivered by OSCIA.

Submitting Applications

Why is the 2017 program opening in 2016, does this mean funding was remaining in the budget?
No, all the funding for the 2016 program has been allocated to successful applicants who applied in April 2016.
Opening the 2017 program early will allow producers the opportunity to start their project earlier than in 2016. Work can start anytime after the project has been approved in writing by OSCIA. Applicants will be notified within 45 business days from the end of the submission period regarding application approvals (February 2017).

I applied for 2016 FHIP but my application was not reviewed due to budget constraints, do I have to resubmit all of my paperwork?
You will need to submit all the required documentation again, as the forms have changed between 2016 and 2017:

  • An Environmental Farm Plan, dated on or after 2012 (a Letter of Verification OR a Certificate of Completion OR Workbook Submission Card) is required as proof of participation and must be included with the application package.
  • A completed Farmland Health Check-Up (submitted to OSCIA by a participating CCA before the FHIP application is submitted),
  • A valid Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN), or proof of a religious, cultural or gross farm income exemption.
  • A Premises Identification (PID) Number- Information about obtaining a PID number is available at ontarioppr.com, or by calling 1-855-697-7743.
  • An Enrolment Form, unless you have already participated in FHIP.
  • A signed and dated Application Form with a detailed project description.
  • An accurately estimated and clearly identified project budget.
  • A project initiated on or after the date of your Farmland Health Check-Up and after the date your project is approved by OSCIA.

When is the program open to submit applications?
The deadline to apply for the 2017 Farmland Health Incentive Program has been extended. Applications will continue to be received until funding is fully allocated. Applications will now be reviewed in the order they are received for the entire GLASI eligible area.

How many applications can be submitted by one farm business?
TWO applications may be submitted, and each application must be for a different BMP category.

What methods can be used to submit an application?

 1. Electronically — www.osciacentral.ca

  • If submitting an application electronically, applicants must use the OSCIA Central system.
  • This system will be open to accept applications beginning on November 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon. OSCIA Central is a user-friendly system that allows applicants to upload the applicable files and provides instant confirmation of the submission.
  • Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.

2. Fax — 519-826-4603

  • Note: OSCIA will not confirm receipt of fax submissions. If you submit your application by fax, retain your fax confirmation page printed by the fax machine you used.

3. Post

  • Environment Programs
    Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
    1 Stone Road West
    Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2

Do I need to fill out my application on the OSCIA Central Website?
No, make sure you complete your application ahead of time, and scan or save it on your computer. Once you have completed your application, you can then access OSCIA Central to submit the required files. You can upload and submit your completed forms and required documentation during the application submission period starting on November 22, 2016 at 12:00 noon.

I have a slow rural internet connection; will OSCIA Central work for me?
Yes, OSCIA Central has been designed with rural internet connections in mind. The system will time-stamp your submission the moment you input your basic information and start uploading your files. The system allows for 10 minutes of inactivity (no upload in progress) before timing out. Even if your computer crashes we will see the initial time you started your application.
There are also other options to submit your application; it does not need to be submitted digitally.

  • Fax: 519-826-4603
  • Environment Programs
    Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association
    1 Stone Road West
    Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2

How do I know what watershed I am in?
There is an interactive GLASI Target Area map available which includes the western and central basins of Lake Erie. Simply search your address and it will be clear if you are in the GLASI Target Area and if you are in the western and central basins of Lake Erie.
Visit the map on the OSCIA website, available on the Eligibility Page.

Who can I speak to about my application?
Questions about FHIP 2017 can be directed to GLASI@ontariosoilcrop.org or 226‑706‑8665.

Where are the application forms?

  • Applications, accessible on the FHIP Applying page, will be made available on November 15, 2016 in advance of the November 22 submission period, to offer producers additional time to prepare their submissions.
  • If you do not have access to the Internet, call the OSCIA Guelph Office directly at 226-706-8665 and request a paper copy of the desired form(s) be mailed to you.

Is a large volume of interest for 2017 FHIP expected?
There has been a growing interest in the FHIP program, but it’s always difficult to predict the volume. Applications will be reviewed in the order they are received, with the priority basin (western and central Lake Erie) projects receiving first consideration for funding. There is no guarantee that funding will be available for all applications submitted.

Can you tell me if there is an existing Enrolment Form for my business?
If you are unsure whether or not you have already enrolled, include a completed Enrolment Form with your application to ensure that your information is up to date.

I do not have a Premise Identification (PID) Number. How do I get one?
The Premises ID is required for each project location, depending on where the applicant is planning to implement the practice on the farm. You can obtain a PID by visiting www.ontarioppr.com, or by calling 1-855-697-7743. Please note that up to two business days are required to release this information.

Can I submit two applications that both contribute to the same project?
No. A single project may receive cost-share from one BMP category only.

How do I know whether to use Option 1 or Option 2 in Step 3 on the Application Form?
If your farm taxes are filed on your personal income tax return, use option 2. If your farm taxes are filed on a limited or incorporated business tax return, use option 1.

Are the bonuses offered this year? And how do I apply for a Bonus?

  • Yes, the Pollinator, Leading Edge and Systems Bonuses remain available for 2017.
  • If you received a Systems Bonus during FHIP 2015 or 2016, you are not eligible for that bonus during FHIP 2017. All required forms are available to download on the FHIP Applying page of the OSCIA website.

Does the $20,000 project cap include bonuses?
Bonuses are included within the $20,000 cap.

What is an eligible digital signature?

  • An eligible digital signature requires a picture of your actual signature or the use of the Adobe digital signature system.
  • If you’re not sure how to create a digital signature, print off the form, provide your signature and scan an electronic copy of the form. The signature is required for your application to be deemed complete.

If I am receiving funding from a Conservation Authority or another organization can I still qualify for FHIP funding?
Yes, as long as the business ensures that the total cost-share assistance from all sources, including other government or non-government programs, for eligible expenses does not exceed 100 percent. The business is required to identify all other sources of funding for eligible project expenses.

What is an allowable cost for manure per litre or gallon?
There is no allowable cost specified for manure or other organic amendments. Funding is available based on invoiced costs, to a maximum rate of $180/acre for both obtaining and spreading organic amendments.

After Application Submission

How long does it take to find out if an application is successful?
Applicants will be notified within approximately 45 business days from the date of submission regarding status of applications.

How will I find out if my application is successful?
OSCIA will notify you by letter within approximately 45 business days from the date of submission to confirm if your project has been successful.

When can my project start?
A project can start any time after the project has been approved in writing by OSCIA. Expenses incurred prior to date on the approval letter are not eligible for funding.

How is it decided which cost-share percentage a project will receive?
The program rules decide the funding level the project will receive. OSCIA reviewers will evaluate eligible applications based on criteria in the program brochure, and the ratings in the BMP Planning Tables of the Farmland Health Check-Up.

What happens if an application is declined?
OSCIA will notify the applicant by letter within approximately 45 business days from the date of submission to confirm if your project has been declined. This letter will include explanation as to why the project was declined.

BMP-6 Equipment Customization

For Equipment Modification projects the application says my project may be cut by 50%. What does this mean?
If you are modifying existing equipment, discounts are unlikely to be required. Equipment that is in itself considered an improvement (for example, an on-the-go tire deflation system) will not be subject to discounting. In cases where your project involves upgrades to the equipment you require to farm, a quote for the value of the baseline or conventional equipment (or the trade in value of existing equipment) should be provided to isolate costs associated with the project. If a quote is not supplied, where applicable, OSCIA will discount the value of the equipment by 50%.

I have already received funding through the BMP-6 Equipment Customization category. Why am I not able to access this BMP for 2017 FHIP?

  • If an applicant has already received funding through GLASI for BMP 6 in either 2015 FHIP and/or 2016 FHIP they are not eligible to receive funding again through BMP 6 for the 2017 program.
  • By restricting applicants that have already received funding for Equipment Customization, a broader number of new applicants in the GLASI eligibility area are given the opportunity to adapt changes to their equipment within this category and within the given program budget.

Farmland Health Check-Up

Can I get any CCA to do my Farmland Health Check up?
There is a list of eligible Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) that can complete the Farmland Health Check-Up on our website.
Visit the Farmland Health Check-Up CCA List.

Do I need to submit my Check-Up to OSCIA?
No, it’s the CCA’s responsibility to submit the Check-Up to OSCIA.

I completed a Farmland Health CheckUp in 2015 or 2016. Do I need to complete another one this year?
No, only one Farmland Health Check-Up is required for a farm business to be eligible for the entire GLASI program (2015-2018).

 

Have a question not answered by the FAQ?
Contact OSCIA by phone at (226) 706 8665 or by
email at GLASI@ontariosoilcrop.org.

 



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