Wellington Rural Water Quality Program


It pays to protect water quality when you apply to the Wellington Rural Water Quality Program

In 1999 the County of Wellington and City of Guelph initiated the Wellington Rural Water Quality Program.  The Wellington Rural Water Quality Program is a voluntary program offering financial and technical assistance to private rural landowners throughout the County of Wellington.  This program assists participants with the implementation of agricultural beneficial management practice projects, which protect and improve water quality.


Eligible Project Categories and Grant Rates

Best Management Practice Cost Share Maximum Cost Share Performance Incentive Notes
Manure Storage 50% $25,000 Per farm
Milkhouse Waste 50% $5,000 Per farm
Clean Water Diversion 50% $5,000 Per farm
Dead Stock Composting 50% $4,000 Per farm
Nutrient Management Plans 75-100% $2,000 Per applicant
Manure Storage Decommissioning 50% $3,000 Per storage
Exclusion Fencing 75-100% $10,000 Materials are eligible for 100% if installed by landowner. Per farm
Erosion Control Structures 75% $10,000 Per farm
Tile Drain Control Structures 80% $7,500 Per farm
Cover Crops n/a n/a $60/acre up to 50 acres Per Farm Business Registration (FBR) #
Machinery Crossings 50% $5,000 Per farm
Tree Planting 80% $7,500
$350/acre per year for 3 years.
Maximum 10 acres.
Includes, stream buffers, fragile land retirement, field windbreaks. Per farm.
Living Snow Fence 80-100% $5,000
$500/acre per year for 3 years.
Maximum 10 acres.
Per farm. The higher grant rate is for priority sites identified by the municipality
Natural Area Restoration & Creation 80% $7,500
$350/acre per year for 3 years.
Maximum 10 acres.
Per farm
Fuel Storage 50% $4,000 Per farm
Fertilizer and Chemical Handling and Storage 50% $2,500 Per farm
Wellhead Abandonment 100% $2,500 Per well
Wellhead Protection 80% $2,000 Per well
Innovative Projects 50% $10,000 Per applicant

Rural Water Quality Program grant rates may be adjusted if combined with other funding programs for a total grant of 80% -100%. Revised grant rates in effect for new projects as approved by Wellington County Council on January 31, 2012.

How to Apply to the Program and Receive Funding

  1. Attend an Environmental Farm Plan workshop and complete a plan for your farm operation.
  2. Submit your Environmental Farm Plan for confidential review to the local Peer Review Committee.
  3. Contact Wellington Rural Water Quality Program staff to verify that your proposed project meets the guidelines and to arrange a site visit.  Staff is available to assist you with planning your project and applying to the program.
  4. Applications are anonymously reviewed by a review committee, made up of local agricultural representatives and agency staff.
  5. Complete your project as approved.
  6. Book a final site visit with program staff.
  7. Receive your grant.

For more information and to arrange a site visit, please contact:

Mark Eastman, Senior Coordinator, Agricultural Outreach

Office: (905) 670-1615 extension 720
Cell: (416) 294-7335
Toll Free: 1 (800) 668-5557

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