First announced in December of 1992, Agriculture Canada's Rural Conservation Clubs Program (RCCP) was established to support innovative research and demonstration projects in environmentally sustainable agriculture. The RCCP was initially funded under the Land Management Assistance Program. The goal of the program was to promote an exchange of environmental ideas and practices in agricultural communities. Over 1,700 information packages were mailed out to various agricultural groups, conservation authorities, educational institutions, individuals, government agencies and selected media.
No new project proposal were accepted after May 1, 1994, as the program became fully committed at that time.
The third year of project activities under the Rural Conservation Clubs Program came to a successful end on March 31, 1995. During this time, participants in the thirty-eight projects continued to exchange and test ideas about environmentally sustainable agriculture. Most projects will continue until March 31, 1997, however, activities for seven projects have concluded at the end of this past fiscal year.
For general information on the Rural Conservation Clubs Program, please contact:
The Rural Conservation Club Program was designed for two kinds of clubs:
Participants may include province-wide farm organizations, environmental research groups, private enterprise, conservation authorities, universities and colleges. In general, Group A clubs are to carry out projects of a provincial scope.
Group B is made up of smaller, local groups. Members of existing local clubs may qualify as Group B Clubs or a group of neighbouring farmers may get together to form a Group B Club. There must be at least five people in Group B Clubs and two-thirds of them must be farmers.
All clubs must establish themselves as legal entities or have a sponsor that is a legal entity. As legal entities, clubs must hold regular meetings and produce an annual report and a financial statement.
Each club's proposal will be evaluated on the basis of their contribution to environmental sustainability in agriculture. Clubs may consider projects that involve:
The application kit contains a series of questions about the nature of the proposed project. This information, together with financial data, is used by the Selection Committee to decide which projects will receive financial support. The Selection Committee, composed of both agriculture and environmental stakeholders, will evaluate projects using the following criteria:
In addition, Group A proposals will be evaluated on:
Group B will also be evaluated on:
Agriculture Canada will provide financial support of up to 50% for all approved projects. Group A clubs may qualify for as much as $50,000 per year. Group B clubs may qualify for as much as $20,000 per year. Projects may receive financial support for as long as five years.
Clubs will be required to match government financial support with cash, labour or "in kind" contributions. These contributions should be carefully detailed in your application.