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Grants to British Columbia Agencies, NGOs, First Nations, Individuals, and Businesses for Environmental Conservation Projects

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) - Coastal Region


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Funding Source
BC Hydro
and Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia: Coastal, Columbia, and Peace Regions;

Important Dates
Deadline: 10/30/23 4:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM MT Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia agencies, NGOs, communities, First Nations, individuals, academic institutions, and businesses in eligible regions for environmental conservation projects. Funding is intended to support projects that benefit fish and wildlife species, habitats, and ecosystems. Funded projects must serve the Coastal, Columbia, and Peace regions.

The FWCP was established to compensate for impacts to fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitat, resulting from the construction of existing BC Hydro dams. BC Hydro has water licence obligations in the Columbia and Peace regions, and has made voluntary commitments to address the impacts of dams in the Coastal Region. BC Hydro fulfills the applicable obligations through the work of the FWCP. The FWCP is funded annually by BC Hydro. The FWCP directs those funds towards projects that address priority actions across its three regions to fulfill its mission, and work towards its vision of thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.

Each FWCP region has a set of action plans that identify the priority actions eligible for FWCP grants (see the action tables in each action plan). Proposed project must align with one or more priority action(s) in any of these regional action plans. (See 

Two types of grants:

  1. Seed Grants: Use the Seed Grant to grow your idea. Seed Grants are aimed at helping you explore the feasibility of your project idea and could be the first step towards developing a larger project. Project ideas must align with FWCP regional action plans. Seed Grants are intended to offset costs to fill information gaps, explore project feasibility, and prepare technical information to support a Large Grant application in a subsequent year. 
  2. Large Grants: If you are ready to implement a proposed project that aligns with FWCP regional action plans, apply for a Large Grant.

There are five types of projects funded and the action plan tables identify priority actions by project type:

  1. Research and information acquisition;
  2. Habitat-based actions; 
  3. Species-based actions;
  4. Monitoring and evaluation; and
  5. Land securement. 

For fish and wildlife project lists by region, and for a project map, see

The FWCP funds the following types of actions:

  • Fund actions to create, restore, or otherwise improve the function of ecosystems that have been impacted by BC Hydro activities.
  • Fund actions to create, restore, or otherwise improve the function of alternate ecosystems that provide a better opportunity for investment.
  • Participate as a team member in species of interest planning.
  • Fund specific management actions for species of interest as identified by recovery teams and action/implementation groups.
  • Fund baseline inventory that contributes to the development of habitat- or species-based actions within action plans.
  • Fund monitoring programs designed to measure the effectiveness of FWCP-funded habitat- and species-based actions.
  • Contribute to all aspects of managing co-operatively managed conservation lands.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligible grant applicants include: First Nations, communities, and businesses; consultants, agencies, non-government organizations, individuals, and academic institutions.

All successful grant applicants must be able to provide:
- A WorkSafe BC clearance letter; and
- Proof of commercial general liability.

The FWCP does not:
- Fund core activities of government or non-government agencies or programs.
- Lead the development of species recovery goals.
- Fund, co-ordinate, or lead national recovery teams for species at risk.
- Develop policy related to land or wildlife management.
- Administer government regulations.
- Engage in enforcement and compliance activities, except in relation to co-operatively managed conservation lands.
- Fund programs designed exclusively to address government objectives.

For funding restrictions by region, see each of the Application Guidance documents listed in Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Grant intake information session
September 26, 2023, 1 p.m. PT / 2 p.m. MT

Find out what grants are offered and how to align your project idea with the regional action plans. Get answers to your questions and tips to help you succeed!


Pre-Application Information
- Grant application intake opens: Tuesday, August 1, 2023
- Apply online by Monday, October 30, 2023 at 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. MT.
- Application review - Three-stage evaluation of all grant applications: November 2023 - February 2024
- Notification - Grant applicants notified of regional board's decisions: February 2024

In the Columbia and Peace regions, all grant applicants needed to submit a mandatory notice of intent by Monday, September 11. This deadline has now passed. Coastal Region grant applicants are not required to submit a notice of intent.

Grant applicants are encouraged to engage with the appropriate First Nations to discuss your proposed project and options for First Nations engagement prior to submitting your grant application.

All grant applications go through a three-stage review process that ends with a decision by the FWCP's three regional boards:
- Stage 1: Review by FWCP office
- Stage 2: Review by technical committees and First Nations Working Groups. Fish and wildlife technical committees in each region review each grant application for technical merit. In the Columbia and Peace regions, First Nations Working Groups also evaluate grant applications.
- Stage 3: Review by board members. The three regional boards review each grant application for projects proposed in their region. The boards consider the results of all stage 1 and stage 2 evaluations and make decisions on which grant applications will be approved with conditions. The regional boards evaluate the grant applications and are responsible for all project and funding decisions in each region.

If your project spans multiple years, you must apply for funding annually. Approval of annual FWCP funding for a multi-year project does not guarantee FWCP funding in future years.

Regional Guidance for Applicants - Related Documents:

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants
89 fish and wildlife projects have been approved for 2023-2024 - 28 Coastal Region projects, 33 Columbia Region projects, and 28 Peace Region projects.

Estimated Size of Grant
Seed Grant: Up to $5,000

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Jen Walker-Larsen, Columbia Region Manager

Julie Fournier, Coastal Region Manager
Phone: 604-528-7998

Chelsea Regina, Peace Region Manager
Phone: 250-561-4884

For technical assistance, please contact Melissa Fiel de Sousa, Environmental Project Coordinator
Phone: 604-528-8136

General Inquiries
Phone: 604-528-8136

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