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Financial Assistance

Manitoba Biomass Energy Support Program - Phase 5

Capital Incentive

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

This program provides support in the transition to the processing and use of biomass for heating in place of coal. Phase 5 of the program will provide financial support for capital and/or infrastructure upgrades that are required to effectively manufacture or consume biomass fuel, including expansion of existing facilities or development of new capacity.

Capital Incentive Terms and Conditions (PDF 436 KB)

Capital Incentive Application Form (PDF 161 KB)

Questions & Answers  (PDF 294 KB)


WHO QUALIFIES 

Eligible applicants are those who have a demonstrated necessity for the installation of new or expanded capital equipment and/or infrastructure required to effectively begin or expand the consumption and/or processing of biomass fuel.
AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE
 
Successful applicants may be eligible for cost-shared supports of up to $50,000 each, to a maximum of 50% of total eligible costs, and must demonstrate that the capital upgrade is necessary and directly related to the processing, handling, storage or burning of the biomass fuel.
 
Eligible products include:
• agricultural residue such as wheat straw, corn stover, flax straw, and agriprocessing byproducts such as flax shives, sunflower hulls, oat hulls, and compacted biomass such as wheat chaff pellets and oat hull pellets
• forestry residues such as hog fuel, forestry operations residues, salvaged timber
• purpose-grown crops such as switchgrass, willow, poplar
Eligible processing facility or equipment upgrades may include storage, conveyors, size-reduction equipment (ex: tub grinder, hammer mill, chipper, pelleter, or cuber).
 
Eligible equipment related to usage may include burners, storage and handling facilities and related equipment.
 
Eligible costs must be incurred from April 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 in order to qualify for the capital incentive.
 
Ineligible products include:
• charcoal products
• peat
• wood from standing green forests
• waste as defined under the Environment Act
Ineligible equipment includes general-use farm equipment, such as tractors, brush cutters, front-end loaders, etc.
 
Ineligible costs include expenses claimed previously under the program.
HOW TO APPLY
  1. Before completing an application form, review the information provided in the Terms and Conditions (PDF 436 KB) and the Questions & Answers (PDF 294 KB). 
  2. Download the application form (PDF 161 KB). Complete in full and attach all required documents.
  3. Submit a hard copy of your proposal (with the application form) to:
    Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
    Unit 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd
    Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1V2
    Attention: Jeff Kraynyk
    Email: jeff.kraynyk@gov.mb.ca  
    Fax: 204-632-5143 
  4. Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope and delivered by mail or by courier to the above noted address. The envelope should be clearly marked with the program name, the application deadline and the applicants name and return address.
  5. Initial proposals must include project plans, detailed budgets and official quotes from the supplier(s).
  6. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by an evaluation committee. Applicants will be notified if proposals are accepted or rejected. 
  7. An audit or inspection of work may occur by request of the Manitoba government. 
  8. Proposals, once submitted, become the property of Manitoba. All proposals will be kept in the strictest of confidence subject to such disclosure as may be required under the provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Personal Health Information Act.

WHO TO CONTACT
 
jeff.kraynyk@gov.mb.ca  
204-250-1906

RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT GRANT

 Program Description
 
This program's Research and Development Grant can provide support to conduct innovation activities that advance biomass processing and product development technology.
 
The Research and Development Grant is designed to accelerate the adoption of innovations in biomass processing and use.  It will provide financial support for research and development activities that will support the leadership of industry, producers and not for profit organizations by constructing a more competitive position for the biomass sector through increased product development, improved profitability, and advanced sustainability.
 

Research and Development Grant Terms and Conditions (PDF 405 KB)

Research and Development Grant Application Form (PDF 683 KB)

Questions and Answers (PDF 294 KB)


WHO QUALIFIES

The following groups are eligible for the program, with collaborative applications encouraged especially where expertise from research institutions and organizations is utilized in carrying out the project:

  • Industry and commodity development organizations serving agriculture and related industries in Manitoba and Canada
  • Diversification Centres
  • Nor-for-profit organizations
  • Cooperatives
  • Agribusiness
  • Agriculture producers

AVAILABLE ASSISTANCE

 

The maximum government contribution to a project will be determined by (a) the project's ability to meet the programs goals and objectives; and (b) such contribution not to exceed the maximum amount for the program.

Projects conducted by private individuals or business will require a minimum 25% contribution (cash and/or in-kind) from the applicant.


 HOW TO APPLY
  1. Review the information provided in the Terms and Conditions (PDF 405 KB) and the Questions & Answers (PDF 294 KB). 
  2. Download the application form (PDF 683 KB). Complete in full and attach all required documents.
  3. Submit a hard copy of your proposal (with the application form) to:
    Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development
    Unit 13 - 59 Scurfield Blvd
    Winnipeg, MB R3Y 1V2
    Attention: Eric Liu
    Email: eric.liu@gov.mb.ca  
    Fax: 204-632-5143 
  4. Proposals should be submitted in a sealed envelope and delivered by mail or by courier to the above noted address. The envelope should be clearly marked with the program name, the application deadline and the applicants name and return address.
  5. Proposals will be reviewed and evaluated by an evaluation committee. Applicants will be notified if proposals are accepted or rejected. 
  6. An audit or inspection of work may occur by request of the Manitoba government. 
  7. Proposals, once submitted, become the property of Manitoba. All proposals will be kept in the strictest of confidence subject to such disclosure as may be required under the provisions of The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act or The Personal Health Information Act.

WHO TO CONTACT
 
eric.liu@gov.mb.ca 
204-871-5632

APPLICATION DEADLINE

September 30, 2015 is the application deadline for both the Capital Incentive and Research and Development Grant.
 
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that the Proposal is received at the designated location prior to the application deadline.
 
Proposals received after the application deadline will not be accepted and will be returned to the applicant unopened.
 
Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis until the program is fully subscribed.
OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
 
Evaluation Process
The program evaluation process is a selection procedure. It will be finalized through completion of the following steps:
  1. Proponents to submit proposals in response
  2. Review and evaluation of Proposals by the Evaluation Committee
    • Proposals must meet all the mandatory requirements to proceed in the evaluation process. Proposals not meeting the mandatory requirements will be disqualified and receive no further consideration.
    • Proposals meeting the mandatory requirements will be evaluated in accordance with the criteria evaluation process identified in Terms of Reference. 
  3. Recommendation by the Evaluation Committee to Manitoba of the selected proposal or part of a proposal.
  4.  Decision by Manitoba to accept or not to accept a proposal or part of a proposal. 
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