Natural windbreaks

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. To find out more, please consult the program description.


  • Maximum grant: 75 per cent up to $6,000

Project Description:

Planting trees or shrubs to form windbreaks to reduce soil loss from wind erosion.

Project Details:

  • Planting native species will generally be required as part of the grant approval. It is recommended that a planting plan be developed in conjunction with local CA Conservation Authority staff or a private consultant.
  • Care should be taken to select plantings that will not encourage beaver activity.
  • Applicants are responsible for the care and maintenance of the windbreak.

NOTE: Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the project meets all legal requirements, including City by-laws, provincial and federal acts/regulations, and Conservation Authority permits/approvals.

Eligible Project Costs:

  • Permits and approvals
  • Purchase of materials and supplies
  • Contract labour and professional fees
  • Reasonable in-kind contributions for applicant’s labour ($20/hr) and equipment ($50/hr) associated with the implementation of the proposed project

The Program reserves the right to limit the eligible amount for in-kind contributions based on the proposed project. Applicants must provide a detailed written accounting of all in-kind contributions when the application is submitted. In-kind costs associated with completing the application, project planning, supervision, or administration, are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible Costs:

  • Commercial stock, non-native species, fruit trees or Christmas trees
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Cover crops
  • Land retirement incentive
  • Watercourse buffers