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Grants to British Columbia Agencies, For-Profits, First Nations, Individuals, IHEs, and Community Groups for Environmental Preservation Projects

Enhancement and Restoration Grant

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #138530

Grant Description

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Grants to British Columbia government entities, First Nations, individuals, businesses, and institutions of higher education to plan and implement environmental projects. Funding is intended to support seed projects, new projects, and continuing conservation projects. Proposals that involve on-the-ground habitat enhancement and/or restoration activities are strongly encouraged. Project leaders should explore the possibility of partnerships with other organizations or agencies (local, provincial, or federal).

Grants are provided to projects that:

  • Focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife species and their habitats;
  • Have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome;
  • Align with the Fund's purposes as laid out in their Wildlife Act.

Seed grants are for proponents who have an idea for a new enhancement and restoration project but need to do some planning and preliminary work to develop their idea before submitting a full new proposal. Proponents may apply for seed funding to help fill information gaps, explore project feasibility, identify project partners, and prepare technical information. Note that this funding is not for a small, stand-alone project; the seed grant activities are meant to culminate in development of a full HCTF proposal (submitted within two years).

A project is considered New if:

  • It has not been funded by HCTF before;
  • It is related to a previously funded HCTF project, but the objectives and/or activities have changed substantially from those originally approved;
  • It was not approved for funding in a previous year, but has been revised to address the Technical Review Committee’s and/or the Board’s concerns.

A project is considered to be Continuing if:

  • It is a multi-year project; and
  • It is in its second or subsequent year;
  • It was previously funded by HCTF and the objectives are essentially the same as originally approved.

For additional information, see: https://hctf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2023-24-Guidance-for-Applicants-%E2%80%93-ERS-Grant-1.pdf#page=11

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

HCTF E&R grants are available to anyone who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife, and habitat in British Columbia. Proponents can include:
- Provincial government agencies
- First Nations
- Municipal/Regional government
- NGO (Non-government organizations)
- Academic Institutions
- Industry
- Individuals (consultants who apply should provide their credentials and explain their experience in completing the proposed work).

The following activities and types of projects are not eligible for Enhancement and Restoration Grant funding:
- Non-applied research
- Training costs for project personnel
- Law enforcement activities
- Fish rearing, farming, stocking, or hatchery projects
- Wildlife rescue or rehabilitation centers
- Captive breeding and rearing, except for activities or circumstances that will result in clear and positive outcomes for recovery of native species populations
- Feeding of wildlife species with the exception of activities that are part of population recovery projects
- Control of native wildlife
- Salaries for regular Provincial government employees (wages for Auxiliary employees dedicated to the proposed project are eligible)
- Salmon-only projects that do not also benefit provincially managed fish species or their habitats
- Marine projects, except for activities that occur in estuary habitat
- Mapping-only projects. Note that mapping may be a component of a larger, eligible HCTF proposal
- Development or production of curriculum guidebooks or publication materials for fishing and hunting, tour activities
- Hosting or organizing conferences (note that presenting/speaking at conferences may be an eligible activity if it is clearly tied to the management of the species/habitat in your project and it is a cost-effective way to share project results)
- Production or sponsorship of commercial programs
- Stand-alone interpretative materials, signs, and services that are not part of a larger, eligible HCTF project
- Creation or management of stand-alone electronic databases, websites, or file systems
- Repairs and maintenance of aerators (Ministry proponents should apply to the Fisheries O & M program)
- Stand-alone inventory studies because this is a core government responsibility
- Stand-alone water quality monitoring projects

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline for projects taking place in 2023–2024 is 4:30 pm PST on Friday, November 4, 2022.

Please contact HCTF to discuss if you wish to request an asset over $3,500.

HCTF does not have a specific matching requirement at this time, however, HCTF prefers to see proposals in which other partners are involved (such as government, organizations, industry, Indigenous groups) and may contribute funding or in-kind support.

Application information: https://hctf.ca/grants/enhancement-grants/#apply

For additional relevant links, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no upper limit on funding requests. E&R Grant budgets typically range from $10,000 to over $100,000 annually. Projects requesting funds in excess of $100,000 per year will be reviewed with higher scrutiny to ensure the potential conservation benefits justify this level of funding.

To maximize the on-the-ground impact of every conservation dollar, HCTF will consider requests for capital assets where they are necessary to complete the project and where the cost per asset does not exceed $3,500. This threshold may be lifted in certain circumstances, such as for immobile assets (e.g., cattleguards).

Proponents may apply for seed funding of up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

- HCTF operates on a standard fiscal year, running from 1 April – 31 March. For example, a proposal submitted on November 1, 2018 would request funding to support project activities to take place between 1 April, 2019 and 31 March, 2020. Proposals are approved on an annual basis—a multi-year project must apply EACH YEAR for funding for the next year’s activities.
- The duration for Multi-year proposals is now 3 years maximum (e.g., Year 1 of 3 Years).

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://hctf-grants.smapply.ca/prog/enhancement_and_restoration_stewardship_grants_ers/

Enhancement & Restoration / Stewardship Program Contact
Lisa Wielinga, Grants Officer
Email: lisa.wielinga@hctf.ca
Phone: 250 940 9781

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
PO Box 9354
Unit 102 – 2957 Jutland Road
Victoria, BC V8T 5J9
Phone: 250 940 9780
Toll free: 1 800 387 9853
Fax: 250 590 6614

Online contact form: https://hctf.ca/contact-us/

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