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Grants to British Columbia Agencies, First Nations, Individuals, and Academic Institutions for Environmental Projects

Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP)


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Funding Source
BC Hydro
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Geographic Focus
Canada:British Columbia: Coastal, Columbia, and Peace Regions;

Important Dates
Conference Date: 10/04/22
Deadline: 10/28/22 4:00 PM PT / 5:00 PM MT Save

Grant Description
Grants to British Columbia agencies, NGOs, First Nations, consultants, individuals, and academic institutions in eligible locations for environmental conservation projects. Applicants in some locations must submit a Notice of Intent prior to applying. Eligible programs benefit the Coastal, Columbia, and Peace regions.

Available Grants:

  1. Seed Grants: 
    • Seed Grants are aimed at helping applicants explore the feasibility of the project idea and could be the first step toward submitting a grant application in a subsequent year. Seed Grants are intended to offset costs to fill information gaps, explore project feasibility, and prepare technical information that may be required prior to developing an application for a Large Grant in a subsequent year. Use the Seed Grant to grow the idea into a future Large Grant application.
  2. Large Grants:
    • All grant applicants ready to implement a proposed project that aligns with the regional action plans should apply for a Large Grant regardless of the total cost. The total project cost includes funding from all sources, including, but not limited to, the FWCP, other funders (if any), the total value of all in-kind contributions (if any), and applicable taxes. 

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. 

The FWCP funds:

  • 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.

For Columbia Region project eligibility, see:

For information regarding Columbia Region priorities, see:

For Coastal Region project eligibility, see:

For Peace Region project eligibility, see:


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

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

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

The FWCP does not fund:
- 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 Coastal Region funding restrictions, see:

For Columbia Region funding restrictions, see:

For Peace Region funding restrictions, see:

Pre-Proposal Conference
Register for an information session:
Peace Region Notice of Intent Aug. 24:

Columbia Region Notice of Intent Aug. 24:

FWCP Grants and Action Plans Oct. 4:

Pre-Application Information
Annual Grant Intake:
All grant applications are due on Friday, October 28, 2022, 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m MT

NEW Columbia Region optional Notice of Intent:
To encourage early engagement between grant applicants and First Nations, all Columbia Region grant applicants are being asked to submit an optional Notice of Intent no later than Friday, September 9, 2022, 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m MT.

Peace Region Reminder:
Peace Region grant applicants are required to submit a mandatory Notice of Intent no later than Friday, September 9, 2022, 4 p.m. PT / 5 p.m MT. This mandatory notice will be used to connect grant applicants and Indigenous Nations, communities and businesses interested in being part of your proposed project.

Notification: February 2023

For a detailed outline of the application process, see URL for Full Text (RFP), below.

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.

All Regional Action Plans:
Columbia Region optional Notice of Intent information:
Peace Region information:

Regional guidance for grant applicants:
Coastal Region:
Columbia Region:
Peace Region:

Action Plans:
Coastal Region Action Plans:
Columbia Region Action Plans:
Peace Region Action Plans:

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

Contact Information
Apply Online:

Contact the Environmental Project Coordinator, Melissa Fiel de Sousa, at or 604-528-8136.

Jen Walker-Larsen, Peace Region Manager

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

Crystal Klym, Columbia Region Manager
Phone: 250-365-4591

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