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Enhancement and Restoration Grant

Grants to British Columbia Agencies, First Nations, Individuals, IHEs,
and Community Groups for Environmental Conservation Projects

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 4:30 PM PST


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Grants to British Columbia government agencies, First Nations, individuals, universities, and community groups to plan and implement environmental preservation projects. Applicants must receive an application-portal user ID prior to applying. Funding is intended for conservation projects with a focus on populations of Northern Goshawk and/or Marbled Murrelet. Proposals that involve on-the-ground habitat enhancement and/or restoration activities are strongly encouraged. This funding stream supports Seed Projects, New Projects, and Continuing Projects.

Grants are provided to projects that:

  • Focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife species and their habitats;
  • Have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome;
  • Align with the Fund's purposes as laid out in their Wildlife Act.

 Seed grants are for proponents who have an idea for a new enhancement and restoration project but need to do some planning and preliminary work to develop their idea before submitting a full new proposal. Proponents may apply for seed funding to help fill information gaps, explore project feasibility, identify project partners, and prepare technical information. Note that this funding is not for a small, stand-alone project; the seed grant activities are meant to culminate in development of a full HCTF proposal (submitted within two years).

A project is considered NEW if:

  • It has not been funded by HCTF before;
  • It is related to a previously funded HCTF project, but the objectives and/or activities have changed substantially from those originally approved;
  • It was not approved for funding in a previous year, but has been revised to address the Technical Review Committee’s and/or the Board’s concerns.

A project is considered to be Continuing if:

  • It is a multi-year project; and
  • It is in its second or subsequent year;
  • It develops or extends a previously funded project; the objectives are essentially the same as originally approved, though some aspect (e.g., location, site, species, timing) may be altered.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 138530

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no upper limit on funding requests. E&R Grant budgets typically range from $10,000 to over $100,000 annually. Projects requesting funds in excess of $100,000 per year will be reviewed with higher scrutiny to ensure the potential conservation benefits justify this level of funding.

Proponents may apply for seed funding of up to $5,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposed project activities can begin on 1 April of the year in which they are approved.

There is a five-year limit to project funding. When reviewing proposals, the Board considers the multi-year implications of investment.

After 5 years of continued HCTF funding, a proponent can access another cycle of funding by reapplying with the Continuing – New 5-Year Cycle application form. Note that HCTF funds multi-year projects one year at a time. To apply for multi-year funding, you must submit a continuing application each year of the project using the appropriate form.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

HCTF E&R grants are available to anyone who has who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. Proponents can include:
- Provincial government agencies
- First Nations
- Local governments
- Community and conservation groups
- Universities and colleges, and
- Individuals (consultants who apply should provide credentials to indicate their abilities to complete the proposals)

HCTF strongly encourages cost-shared proposals, and project leaders should explore the possibility of partnerships with other organizations or agencies (local, provincial or federal).

The following activities and types of projects are not eligible for Enhancement and Restoration Grant funding:
- Non-applied research, such as research not related to the increased understanding of population baselines and conservation status of species, and/or research that does not identify key opportunities for restoration, enhancement, maintenance, or acquisition
- Training costs for project personnel
- Law enforcement activities
- Fish rearing, farming, stocking, or hatchery projects
- Wildlife Rescue Centres
- Captive breeding and rearing with the exception of activities that are a critical step toward population recovery
- Feeding of wildlife species with the exception of activities that are part of population recovery projects
- Control of wildlife species (note that we will consider control of invasive, non-native wildlife species)
- Salaries for regular Provincial government employees (wages for Auxiliary employees dedicated to the proposed project are eligible)
- Salmon-only projects that do not also bring benefit to freshwater and terrestrial species or habitats
- Marine projects outside of intertidal and estuary zones
- Mapping-only projects that are not integral to the development of a larger, eligible HCTF project
- Development or production of curriculum guidebooks or publication materials for fishing and hunting, tour activities
- Information projects on regulations or stocking
- Conferences
- Production or sponsorship of commercial programs
- Stand-alone interpretative services that are not integral to the development of a larger, eligible HCTF project
- Creation or management of stand-alone electronic databases, websites or file system

Pre-Application Information:

The 2020-21 application deadline to apply for an Enhancement and Restoration (E&R) proposal is 4:30 PM PST on Friday, November 1, 2019.

To access the application site you must apply for an HCTF Online Account before logging in (see below for details).

- November and December: Review Stage 1: Primary Reviewer Submission
- January and February: Review Stage 2: Technical Review Committee Evaluation
- Early to mid-March: Review Stage 3: The HCTF Board of Directors meets in early March to make final funding decisions.
- End of March: Approved projects: A Preliminary Approved Projects List is posted on the HCTF website in mid-March. Official notifications are emailed to individual proponents before the end of the month.
- April: Conditional Grant Agreement
- April 1 - March 31: Project activities are completed

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

Application Portal:

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If you have any issues/questions about using the HCTF Online portal, please contact Courtney Sieben:

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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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia