The On-Farm Climate Action Fund (OFCAF) is an initiative to help farmers tackle climate change. Funding for this program has been provided by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.


Application process

Applications must be submitted online via ARGO (Agriculture Research Grant Organizer), RDAR’s Grant Management system.

  1. 1

    Review the OFCAF Program guide & the RDAR-OFCAF Sub-Contribution Agreement

    Before you apply, please ensure you read through the OFCAF Program Guide to get a full understanding of the program and confirm you are eligible to receive funding; and Sub-Contribution Agreement to get a full understanding of your obligations and conditions for reimbursement of Eligible Expenses.

  2. 2

    Connect with a qualified third party (PAg/CCA) to review and approve your BMP plan

    Before you submit an application to the OFCAF program, you will need to ensure that your desired BMPs are recommended and approved by a Professional Agrologist (PAg) or Certified Crop Advisor (CCA). If you require assistance to pay agronomist fees, OFCAF applicants can apply for cost-shared funding to support agronomic and advisory services for up to 10% of their project costs to a maximum of $2,000.

  3. 3

    Create your BMP Action Plan

    A BMP Action Plan outlines what you will do to incorporate Beneficial Management Practices on your farm operation. While each farm is unique, farmers should consider all the various OFCAF BMP eligible expenses and choose those best suited to your needs and adapt them to the specific conditions on your farm.

    • Each online application requires the submission of a BMP Action Plan.

    • The templates below outline required practices to successfully integrate new BMPs to on-farm activities.

    • A qualified Professional Agrologist (PAg) or Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) must recommend each project prior to the submission of an online application.

    • Costs to develop a plan cannot exceed 10% of the total project costs to a maximum of $2,000.

  4. 4

    Provide aerial photos of your land

    Before you submit an application to the OFCAF program, you will need to provide aerial images of your land. These pictures should show any land location where you may be implementing a BMP to demonstrate that it did not exist before applying to the program.Aerial photos can come from sources such as GeoDiscover Alberta or Google Earth.

    Please identify:

    • existing fences and proposed fences in different colours or another easily distinguishable way.

    • current water sources and proposed water distribution.

  5. 5

    Submit your OFCAF application via ARGO

    OFCAF applicants are encouraged to include only activities that they are confident will be completed on time and within budget limits. Please note you are able to submit more than one application over the course of the program.

Dates and deadlines

Please note that only applications submitted online through ARGO will be accepted. Fax, paper, or email applications will not be accepted.
Applications open
Mar 2024
Applications close

When funding limits are reached.

Invoices due by
Jan 31, 2025
Payments sent by
Mar 31, 2025

Application statuses

To check on your application status, log into ARGO and select “In Progress” under “Applications”. Next to your submission, you will see one of these following statuses. Automated emails will also be sent from ofcaf.bmp@rdar.ca as your application moves through our system, so be sure to check your email regularly for updates.

Submitted Proposal

Your application has been successfully received, but processing has not yet begun.

Under Review – Peer Review

Your applications is actively being reviewed by the OFCAF team.

Revision Requested

More information is needed on your application. The OFCAF team will be in contact with you shortly with questions.


Your application has been approved! The OFCAF team will be in contact with you shortly with funding details.


Your application was not approved. If you are interested in submitting another application, please review the program eligibility requirements to ensure success.

Please note that processing times may vary depending on how many applications are currently being reviewed. Applications will be reviewed and evaluated based on applicant and activity eligibility and feasibility. Ensuring your application is eligible and complete will help to avoid delays.

Eligible Expenses

Successful applicants will receive a pre-approved budget with their project approval. Once the project is completed, applicants are required to submit invoices for all eligible BMPs. These expenses will be reviewed by RDAR to ensure they match the approved project prior to reimbursement.

Funding Amounts

Please refer to the Program Guide for the most up-to-date information on maximum funding amounts for each BMP.

Receiving Reimbursement

Successful applicants are encouraged to submit their final reports as soon as projects are complete in order to receive prompt payment.

How to submit your final report

This video tutorial will walk you through the steps applicants need to follow in ARGO to submit their final report before receiving reimbursement.

Invoice Guide

The Invoice Guide is used to manage proof of payments and invoices for OFCAF project work completed in 2023.

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