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Community Salmon Program (CSP)

Grants to British Columbia and Yukon Nonprofits
to Protect Pacific Salmon and their Habitats

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Pacific Salmon Foundation

Deadline Date:

02/15/18 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants starting at $1,500 to British Columbia and Yukon community-based and volunteer organizations for salmonid conservation and restoration projects. New applicants must contact the Program Coordinator before applying. Funding is intended for community stewardship; stock enhancement; stock assessment; habitat rehabilitation; habitat assessment; and education, outreach, and training.

The purpose of the program is to provide resources to enable the public to participate in Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s (DFO) Salmon Enhancement Program and in volunteer-based watershed stewardship activities.

Community Salmon Program Intended Outcomes:
- Increased and improved salmonid habitat
- Increased community capacity and involvement in salmon enhancement, habitat protection/restoration and watershed stewardship activities
- Increased public awareness and support of the social, environmental and economic value of Pacific salmon
- Increased number of local community cash and in-kind project partners
- Increased public understanding and support for rebuilding the salmon resource and their individual role in supporting wild salmon recovery
- Increased collaboration among community stakeholders in salmon enhancement, habitat conservation and restoration projects, and ultimately
- Increased abundance of healthy, sustainable, genetically diverse Pacific salmon in the wild.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139360

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Estimated Size of Grant:

CSP offers two streams of grant funding: Short Form Applications for single-item requests not exceeding $1,500, and Standard Form applications for requests over $1,500. Please note that CSP will pay up to 50% of the total value of each project.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year projects are not typically considered for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- Project supports the protection, conservation, enhancement or rehabilitation of Pacific salmonids and their habitat
- Project is community-based and carried out in British Columbia or Yukon Territory
- Applicant group is a volunteer based group/organization or nonprofit both at the time of application and during the grant period
- Applicant group has a demonstrated significant volunteer component to their organization and to the specific project
- Project has involvement and technical support from Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s local Community Advisor (CA)
- Applicant group has partnered or leveraged grant request with volunteer time, in-kind, donations or other grants. In-kind includes all non-cash resources: volunteer time, equipment, tools, supplies, and services that contribute to the planning, implementation, completion and monitoring of the project.

- Ongoing expenses, ongoing events, fundraisers, operational costs and multi-year projects are not typically considered for funding
- Videos, films, books, newsletters, bulletins that are ongoing or are produced as fundraisers are not considered for funding
- Projects intended for scientific research only, and not to support a specific stewardship project, are not typically funded
- Wages, labour or mandatory employee costs are not considered for funding; however, a portion of technical or professional skills critical to a project when not available from DFO may be considered for funding

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for online Spring 2018 submissions is February 15, 11:59 PM.

New applicants should call Jim Shinkewski, Salmon Programs Coordinator well in advance of applying for assistance and support.

Please contact any other potential funding partners and technical resources to request support as soon as possible (see note below about matching funds). Allow sufficient lead time as they need to be familiar with your organization and project before asking for endorsement.

Please note:
-CSP will pay up to 50% of the total value of each project and must be matched by other funds, donations, and volunteer labor.
-Habitat project funds will be withheld until all permits or letters of support from agencies/ governments or from landowner(s) have been received, where applicable.
-Projects must have letters of support from relevant stewardship groups, businesses or industry – even if not contributing to the project.
-Members or persons directly related to a member of the proponent group that will receive financial benefit from the PSF grant must declare this on the application.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Need help? Unsure of your eligibility? Please contact:

Jim Shinkewski, Salmon Programs Coordinator
604-664-7664 x112

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia   Yukon