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to Purchase Land for Wildlife Protection

Habitat Acquisition Grant

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)

Deadline Date:

04/15/22 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 funding is intended for 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, the stability of the proponent organization, cost per hectare, and level of community support are also carefully considered. Because acquisitions are funded with licence surcharge money, properties that also include public fishing and hunting opportunities are generally given priority consideration. Properties must be located within British Columbia.

For 2022, HCTF will prioritize acquisition applications that seek to increase conservation outcomes for fish, wildlife and their habitats, provide access for a variety of uses such as hunting, fishing, and nonmotorized recreation and fit one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Contribute to the conservation of wetland or grassland wildlife habitats.
  2. Increase connectivity to adjacent protected lands or important habitats to further build complexes of intact habitat.
  3. Contribute to the conservation of habitats near urban settings to increase opportunities to connect people to nature.
  4. Demonstrate resiliency to climate change and/or address stressors linked to climate change impacts.

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 information about Eligible Activities and Expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165310

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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 prefers to receive proposals directly from the organization that will hold title and manage the property, but HCTF recognizes that sometimes multiple organizations are involved at different stages of an acquisition project—for example, a local community group might coordinate the acquisition of a property, but a larger land trust will ultimately hold the title. If the organization submitting the proposal will not be the one holding title or managing the property, be sure to include information on both the applicant organization and the intended title holder and/or manager.

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.

For information about Ineligible Activities and Expenses, see

Pre-Application Information:

The 2022 Habitat Acquisition Grant application process will open in mid to late February, when the updated online application, proposal worksheets, and budget spreadsheets will be available.

Completed applications will be due by 4:30 pm on Friday April 15, 2022 (PST). Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s online application system.

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Contact Information:

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

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Direct questions to:
Barb von Sacken

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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