About Rural Clean Water Grants

Rural Clean Water Grants for farmers and rural landowners

Rural Clean Water Grants help to improve water quality in our local rivers, streams and creeks by reducing pollution and the volume of water running off the land. Teaming up with farmers and rural residents, we provide financial support and technical assistance for on-the-ground projects that improve and protect water quality.

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Rural Clean Water Grants up to $15,000 per project are available through three programs, based on location and project type:

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Eligible Projects:

Eligible projects for farmers include, but are not limited to:Cow IMG 19411 circle web

  • livestock fencing
  • chemical and fuel storage
  • manure storage and treatment
  • nutrient management and precision farming
  • controlled tile drainage
  • cover crops
  • annual payments for ecosystem services
  • wastewater treatment
  • wetland creation or enhancement
  • windbreakers, buffers, and grasslands

Eligible projects for all rural residents include, but are not limited to:

  • erosion control
  • buffers
  • well replacements, upgrades or decommissioning
  • septic repair
  • forest and wetland management plans
Don’t see your project on this list? Tell us about it! You may still be eligible for funding.


Grant amounts and eligibility may vary by grant program, available funding and project type. Always contact us before starting your project, as we cannot offer grants for completed projects.

Deadline for grant applications is May 1 of each year, but depending on funding we may approve project proposals received after this date.

Ready to apply? Click here for instructions or download your application form here. Please note you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to e-sign your form.

Contact Us

Rideau Valley Conservation Authority
3889 Rideau Valley Drive
Manotick, Ontario K4M 1A5

613-692-3571, 1-800-267-3504



Regular Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Member of: conservation ontario