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Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund (LSGBCUF) Application Process

The 2012-2017 Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-up Fund is in its final funding year and no further applications are being sought at this time.

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Appendix 1: Examples of projects which might be funded

 


Who can apply?

  • Landowners
  • Environmental groups
  • Community groups (e.g. youth and seniors groups, community-based associations, service clubs)
  • Small and medium sized business (e.g. developers, industries etc.)
  • Aboriginal organizations (e.g. First Nations Councils, Métis Associations)
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Stewardship Networks
  • Agriculture Associations
  • Non-governmental organizations
  • Educational institutions
  • Industry
  • Provincial/territorial/municipal governments

Priorities - What projects can be funded?

The call for Letters of Intent is issued to fund collaborative projects with the goal of reducing phosphorous inputs into Lake Simcoe and South-eastern Georgian Bay, improve water quality, and conserve critical aquatic habitat and associated species in these waters.  All projects must meet the intent of at least one of the priorities below:

a)    Research and monitoring to improve environmental information for decision making in South-eastern Georgian Bay and/or Lake Simcoe;

b)    Conservation (e.g. protection, restoration, creation) of critical aquatic habitats and their associated species populations;

c)    Reduction of rural and urban non-point source phosphorous / nutrients; and

d)    Reduction of point source phosphorous / nutrients.

Eligible Projects

  • Must be inside the geographic scope;
  • Support targeted (e.g., as per existing conservation plans and strategies) aquatic habitat protection, restoration, and creation projects in areas of known water quality problems (e.g., as per watershed report cards, management plans, and studies) and habitat degradation;
  • Support community stewardship projects to conserve aquatic habitat;
  • Support the implementation of Best  Management Practices that reduce urban and/or rural non-point sources of nutrients (e.g. surface runoff reduction, erosion control structures, vegetated buffers, cattle exclusion, alternative watering projects and phosphorous/nutrient management planning and recovery projects), assessment studies, and restoration of aquatic habitat impaired by excess phosphorous;
  • Support the promotion of septic system inspections, upgrades and replacements (systems must be 100m or less from a watercourse) in areas of known water quality problems;
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative technologies, techniques and demonstration projects that reduce nutrient loading from municipal wastewater and stormwater systems and other point source discharges;
  • Support the development of approaches to improve the efficiency and effluent quality of municipal sewage treatment plants (STPs); and communicate findings to decision makers;
  • Conduct water quality monitoring to measure phosphorous in the aquatic systems of South-eastern Georgian Bay including nearshore and tributary systems;
  • Conduct research and monitoring to assess conditions and causes contributing to increased phosphorous inputs into South-eastern Georgian Bay and nuisance and toxic algae growth to fill information gaps and aid in restoration and protection efforts; and
  • Conduct and support other research and monitoring necessary to guide the development and implementation of measures to reduce phosphorous/nutrient inputs and address low oxygen conditions and toxic/nuisance algae growth.

Projects can be multi-year in nature and those that are not accepted in this round may be re-submitted in subsequent funding rounds. Funding through this program ends March 31, 2017. There is an annual funding round each autumn. Environment Canada's fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31. Examples of eligible projects are described in more detail in Appendix 1.


What project costs are eligible?

Eligible Costs

  • Human Resources including salaries & benefits;
  • Operating expenses (e.g., travel and field costs, training, materials, supplies, production, translation, printing, office rent, and utilities);
  • Equipment purchase and lease (e.g. shovels, rentals of trucks/tractors/boats, office equipment, etc)
  • A reasonable share of overhead;
  • Management, professional and contract services (e.g. accounting, monitoring, communications, evaluation and audit, liability insurance costs, legal fees); and
  • Other Incremental costs.

What projects and activities cannot be funded (ineligible projects)?

  • Projects or activities already underway prior to funding approval;
  • Projects designed only to beautify an area;
  • The purchase or construction of infrastructure (e.g. buildings, roads, and bridges);
  • The purchase of land; and
  • Capital, operating costs or routine maintenance of municipal infrastructure projects (e.g. sewers, sewage treatment plants, stormwater ponds).

Please note this is not a complete list. If you are unsure about any of the examples listed above or the eligibility of your project and activities, please contact us for clarification.


How Can I Apply?

The Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund is in its final funding year and no further applications are being sought at this time.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Clement
Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund
Regional Director General's Office - Ontario Region
Environment and Climate Change Canada
4905 Dufferin Street
Toronto ON M3H 5T4
Tel: 416-739-5908
Email: steve.clement@canada.ca


Review Process

Detailed project proposals undergo a four-stage approvals process: (1) Administrative Review; a general screening by Environment Canada to ensure that applications meet program funding requirements and are complete; (2) Technical Review; by a multi-partite committee to determine whether the project meets one or more of the objectives of the program; is technically feasible and can provide tangible results; (3) Public Review; by way of a Public Advisory Committee to provide local knowledge and assistance for consideration in recommending projects for approval; and (4) to obtain final approval of recommended projects; at the Minister’s discretion.


Project Selection Criteria

The following criteria may be used in the assessment of projects:

  • Actions that will advance the Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund priorities;
  • Measurable environmental benefits derived from the project;
  • Value for money;
  • On the ground implementation projects;
  • Amount of leveraged funding;
  • Extent of project collaboration, extent of community engagement and visibility;
  • Project location is within a priority watershed known to be significant source of phosphorous loading to Lake Simcoe/South-eastern Georgian Bay;
  • Technical feasibility;
  • Clarity and scope of objectives; and
  • Opportunities for technology and/or knowledge transfer, new and innovative technologies for storm water and nutrient management, cost-saving control technologies and rehabilitation methods.

Appendix 1: Examples of projects which might be funded

This table shows examples of various projects, which would meet the criteria required for funding under the Lake Simcoe / South-eastern Georgian Bay Clean-Up Fund. It also showcases the four areas in which the funds mandate is driven. These examples are not the only acceptable types of projects, but are the most common project proposals.

Examples of projects which might be funded
Funding PriorityPotential Projects
Research and monitoring to improve environmental information for decision-making
  • Water quality monitoring (phosphorous and other chemical parameters) in South-eastern Georgian Bay and associated tributaries.
  • Conduct research and monitoring to assess conditions contributing to increased phosphorous inputs into South-eastern Georgian Bay and nuisance and toxic algae growth to fill information gaps and aid in restoration and protection efforts.
  • Conduct and support other research and monitoring necessary to guide the development and implementation of measures to reduce phosphorous /nutrient inputs and address low oxygen conditions and toxic/nuisance algae growth.
Conservation (e.g. protection, restoration, creation) of critical aquatic habitat and their associated species populations
  • Support targeted (e.g., as per existing conservation / management plans and strategies) aquatic habitat protection, restoration and creation projects in areas of known water quality problems (e.g., as per watershed report cards, management plans, and studies) and habitat degradation.
  • Support community stewardship projects to conserve aquatic habitat.

 

Reduction of rural and urban non-point source phosphorous / nutrients
  • Support the implementation of Best Management Practices that reduce urban and/or rural non-point sources of nutrients (e.g. surface runoff reduction, erosion control structures, vegetated buffers, cattle exclusion, alternative watering projects and phosphorous/nutrient management planning and recovery projects), assessment studies, and restoration of aquatic habitat impaired by excess phosphorous.
  • Support the promotion of septic system inspections, upgrades and replacements in areas of known water quality problems.
Reduction of point sources of phosphorous /nutrients
  • Support the development and implementation of innovative technologies, techniques and demonstration projects that reduce nutrient loading from municipal wastewater and stormwater systems and other point source discharges.
  • Support the development of approaches to improve the efficiency and effluent quality of municipal sewage treatments plants; and communicate findings to decision makers.
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