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Habitat Acquisition Grant

Grants to British Columbia Agencies and Organizations
to Purchase Land for Wildlife Protection

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)

Deadline Date:

07/17/20 4:30 PM PST


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Grants to British Columbia municipal, regional, and provincial government agencies, land trust organizations, and community organizations to acquire land to protect local wildlife and fish habitats throughout the province. Priority consideration will be given to properties that permit public hunting and fishing opportunities.

Proposed acquisitions are evaluated on criteria such as species richness, connectivity, conservation planning priority, habitats, and impending threats to these values. Financial factors such as partnership funding, stability of the proponent organization, cost per hectare, and level of community support are also carefully considered. Properties must be located within British Columbia.

The Habitat Acquisition Grant can only be used to cover the following eligible costs and related activities:

  •  Direct Acquisition Costs (such as purchase price, appraisal fees, taxes, legal fees)
  • Initial Management Costs and/or Property Endowment contribution up to a maximum of 10% of the amount provided for Direct Acquisition Costs. For instance, if an applicant requesting $100K for Direct Acquisition costs, the applicant may request up to $10K for initial management costs and/or an endowment contribution.

For additional information about Initial Management Costs and Property Endowment contribution, see

For additional information about Eligible Activities and Expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165310

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Each year HCTF generally funds 2-3 projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

HCTF accepts Habitat Acquisition Grant proposals from many types of organizations: municipal, regional and the provincial government, and land trust and community organizations.

HCTF will not fund property acquisitions where the proponent organization is already the owner of the property and is looking to finance debt recovery or pay off the mortgage.

The following activities are ineligible for Habitat Acquisition Grant funding, including revenue from an endowment contribution:

Acquisition Costs:
• Fundraising costs
• Labor costs for coordinating an acquisition project

Initial Management Expenses:
• Conservation covenant monitoring
• Legal fees (post-acquisition)
• Insurance costs
• Strategic / higher level land use planning or ecosystem planning
• Residential tenancy agreements/ rentals
• General festivals / tours/ events that do not directly pertain to operations and maintenance of the properties
• General patrols
• General lease and administration of other property interests (e.g., Right of way, lease modifications, tax exemptions)
• Organizational fundraising
• Cultural, heritage, historical or architectural operations and maintenance activities

For additional Ineligible Activities and Expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for submitting proposals is July 17th, 2020 at 4:30 PM PST.

Given the uncertainty that is expected to continue over the next few months with the COVID-19 situation, HCTF is taking a conservative approach and will delay funding decisions for the Habitat Acquisition Grant until the fall Board meeting scheduled for October 2-4, 2020. As a result, the deadline for submitting habitat acquisition grant applications has been extended to Friday, July 17th, 2020. If proponents have already prepared applications, they may be submitted early but please note that the review process won’t start until the summer. Proponents will be notified of funding decisions shortly after the fall Board meeting. HCTF is tracking the COVID-19 situation closely and will advise proponents of any changes as soon as possible.

There is currently no matched funding requirement, but HCTF prefers to see that other funders will be contributing to an acquisition project.

Email applications to Christina Waddle. HCTF will confirm via email when your application has been received.

Please contact Christina Waddle with any questions about the application process or technical issues with any of the forms.

Contact Information:

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

Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist:
Phone: 250-940- 3011

For questions, please contact Karen Barry at or 250-940-9785.

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

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