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Community Salmon Program (CSP)

Grants to British Columbia and Yukon Nonprofits
to Protect Pacific Salmon and Their Habitats

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF)

Deadline Date:

10/15/19 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $1,500 and grants starting at $1,500 to British Columbia and Yukon community-based and volunteer organizations for salmon conservation and restoration projects. New applicants must contact program staff prior to applying. Funding is intended for community stewardship; stock and habitat assessment; habitat and stock enhancement; and education, outreach, and training. The Fall 2019 funding round will be suitable only for simple, short-term projects and purchases.

Community Salmon Program Intended Outcomes:

  • Increased and improved salmonid habitat
  • Increased community capacity and involvement in salmon enhancement, habitat protection/restoration and watershed stewardship activities
  • Increased public awareness and support of the social, environmental and economic value of Pacific salmon
  • Increased number of local community cash and in-kind project partners
  • Increased public understanding and support for rebuilding the salmon resource and their individual role in supporting wild salmon recovery 
  • Increased collaboration among community stakeholders in salmon enhancement, habitat conservation and restoration projects, and ultimately 
  • Increased abundance of healthy, sustainable, genetically diverse Pacific salmon in the wild.

Project types eligible for Community Salmon Program funding must provide benefit to wild Pacific salmon or their habitats and qualify under one of the following categories:

  • Habitat assessment
  • Habitat rehabilitation
  • Stock assessment
  • Stock enhancement
  • Education, outreach, and training
  • Community stewardship

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 139360

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Estimated Size of Grant:

CSP offers two streams of grant funding: Short Form Applications for single-item requests not exceeding $1,500, and Standard Form applications for requests over $1,500. Please note that CSP will pay up to 50% of the total value of each project.

The Pacific Salmon Foundation limits administration fees (or indirect costs, overhead costs) on awards or grants to the lesser of 10%, or the amount allowable under a specific funding agreement from which the proposed award or grant is derived.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed and final reports submitted no later than February 28, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- Project supports the protection, conservation, enhancement or rehabilitation of Pacific salmonids and their habitat
- Project is community-based and carried out in British Columbia or Yukon Territory
- Applicant group is a volunteer based group/organization or nonprofit both at the time of application and during the grant period
- Applicant group has a demonstrated significant volunteer component to their organization and to the specific project
- Applicant group has partnered or leveraged grant request with volunteer time, in-kind, donations or other grants.

- Ongoing expenses, ongoing events, fundraisers, operational costs and multi-year projects are not typically considered for funding
- Videos, films, books, newsletters, bulletins that are ongoing or are produced as fundraisers are not considered for funding
- Projects intended for scientific research only, and not to support a specific stewardship project, are not typically funded
- Wages, labour or mandatory employee costs are not considered for funding; however, a portion of technical or professional skills critical to a project when not available from DFO may be considered for funding
- Members or persons directly related to a member of the proponent group that will receive financial benefit from the PSF grant must declare this on the application.

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline for submitting applications is October 15, at midnight.

New applicants should call Jim Shinkewski, Salmon Programs Coordinator well in advance of applying for assistance and support. Please contact any other potential funding partners and technical resources to request support as soon as possible. Allow sufficient lead time as they need to be familiar with your organization and project before providing endorsement.

Project applications will be adjudicated in late early December and all applicants will be notified by email shortly after.

There will be no opportunity for grant extensions beyond February 28, 2020; please apply instead to the Spring 2020 funding round if your project cannot be completed in time.

CSP will pay up to 50% of the total value of each project and must be matched by other funds, donations, and volunteer labor.

Habitat project funds will be withheld until all permits or letters of support from agencies/ governments or from landowner(s) have been received, where applicable. Projects must have letters of support from relevant stewardship groups, businesses or industry – even if not contributing to the project. Members or persons directly related to a member of the proponent group that will receive financial benefit from the PSF grant must declare this on the application.

Granting Policy:

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Jim Shinkewski, Salmon Programs Coordinator
604-664-7664 x112

Pacific Salmon Foundation
#300 1682 West 7th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, V6J 4S6
Telephone: (604) 664-7664
Fax: (604) 664-7665

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia   Yukon