Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) - Columbia Region

Grants to British Columbia Nonprofits, Agencies, IHEs,
and Individuals for Stream and Wetland Restoration

GrantWatch ID#: 174654
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

BC Hydro, Province of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations

10/28/16 5:00 PM PT

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Grants to British Columbia nonprofits, groups, individuals, government agencies, consultants, and educational institutions to preserve and restore stream, riparian, and wetland habitats within the North Columbia, East Kootenay, and West Kootenay watersheds. Special emphasis is placed on projects taking place in the North Columbia watershed.

FWCP Project Types

1) Research and information acquisition – actions to inventory resources or research critical effect pathways and relationships; these projects are typically funded as priority actions to gather information that is needed to support a future habitat enhancement or restoration projects, or species-based actions.

2) Species-based actions – activities that improve conditions or address specific life requisites for particular species.

3) Habitat-based actions – activities focused on improving general habitat conditions or ecosystem function.

4) Monitoring and evaluation (aka monitoring and adaptive management in FWCP’s Peace Region) – activities conducted following a habitat-based or species-based action that are focused on assessing the outcomes of that habitat- or species-based action.

The FWCP’s Columbia Region Board is encouraging grant applications for proposed projects that align with its Action Plans and result in “on-the-ground” or “in-stream” restoration and enhancement. Grant applications that address one or more of the Columbia Region priorities outlined below will receive additional points during the evaluation process.

1) Project involves implementation of stream habitat restoration and enhancement activities. Refer to FWCP-Columbia Streams Action Plan. Restoration and enhancement projects with adequate technical background are preferred over inventory, research and planning. Applicants are encouraged to make use of any existing stream restoration plans (e.g. Forest/Fisheries Renewal BC; see

2) Project involves implementation of riparian and wetland restoration and conservation activities identified in the FWCP-Columbia Wetland and Riparian Action Plan.

3) The fish and/or wildlife project will be delivered within the northern portion of the FWCP Columbia area (“North Columbia”), which is bordered by Revelstoke and Golden in the south, and Valemount in the north. Proposed projects must be in alignment with any one or more of the six Action Plans.

Types of Grants:

1) Seed Grant - The Seed Grant is available to assist grant applicants to develop a Large Grant application in a subsequent year that aligns with the Action Plans. The maximum Seed Grant available from FWCP is $5,000. This grant recognizes that some applicants may require financial support to prepare the technical information required for a Large Grant application for a complex project where the feasibility is uncertain.

2) Small Grant - The Small Grant is available for projects that align with FWCP’s Action Plans and have a total project cost of less than $20,000 (i.e. the total project cost means the total value of the proposed project, including FWCP contribution, is less than $20,000). The Small Grant application is a simpler process for applicants looking to conduct smaller-scale projects for which the level of detail requested in the Large Grant application would be onerous to provide.

3) Large Grant - The Large Grant is available for projects that align with FWCP’s Action Plans and have a total project cost of more than $20,000 (i.e. the total project cost means the total value of the proposed project, including FWCP contribution, is more than $20,000). The Large Grant application requires clear technical information from the applicant regarding the proposed project’s objectives, methods and outcomes.

-Seed Grant: Up to $5,000.

-Small Grant: Up to $20,000, including all funding and in-kind contributions and taxes.

-Large Grant: More than $20,000, including all funding and in-kind contributions and taxes.

Project implementation may start April 1, 2017. Project completion date is March 31, 2018 unless otherwise specified in the Contribution Agreement.

Applications may be considered for two-year and multi-year projects.

Any group, agency or individual that meets the project eligibility requirements, and can comply with the insurance and project management requirements is eligible to receive an FWCP grant.

Projects must take place in designated Columbia Region watersheds. A map may be viewed here:

In the past, proponents approved for funding have included: First Nations, municipal, provincial or federal agencies, stewardship groups, consultants, and educational institutions.

The FWCP does NOT fund or support the following activities, which are beyond its scope and mandate:

-Core activities of government or non-government agencies or programs;
-Programs designed exclusively to address government harvest objectives;
-Policy development related to land or wildlife management;
-Administration of government regulations;
-Leading the development of species recovery goals;
-Fund, co-ordinate or lead National Recovery Teams for species-at-risk; and
-Engaging in enforcement and compliance activities, except in relation to co-operatively managed conservation lands.

If you are proposing a fisheries project in the Columbia Region, please review the Core Fisheries Program Five-Year Plan 2014-2018 at to ensure your proposal does not duplicate actions already planned. Applications for projects that duplicate the FWCP’s Core Fisheries projects will not be considered for funding.

All completed online grant applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM (Pacific time) on Friday, October 28, 2016.

Letters of support are not mandatory for Columbia Region grant applicants, but are desirable. Community engagement and communications is a desirable project element in the Columbia Region, but is not mandatory.


-Grant applications (all regions) due: October 28, 2016.

-Grant applications reviewed by technical committees: November 2016 – January 2017.

-Grant applications reviewed by regional Boards: January - February 2017.

-Granting decisions finalized by Boards (i.e. approved, approved with conditions, or not
approved) and grant applicants are notified: February – March 2017.

-Grant applicant fulfills any conditions, as outlined in the notification letter, prior to finalizing Contribution Agreement: March 2017

-Signed Contribution Agreements between FWCP and the Project Contact: April 1, 2017.

-First project payment upon finalization of Contribution Agreement and Project implementation may start: April 1, 2017.

-Progress Reports, Statements of Accounts and subsequent payments at agreed-to project milestones.

-Final date for final report: no later than March 31, 2018.

-Final payment (upon receipt of Final Report).

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

Apply Online:

Crystal Klym, Columbia Region Manager

FWCP - Columbia Region
601 - 18th Street
Castlegar, BC V1N 2N1

Watersheds of North Columbia, West Kootenay, and East Kootenay

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