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The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF) Grant

Grants to Canada Municipalities, IHEs, and Organizations
in Multiple Provinces to Conserve Wild Salmon

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The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation (ASCF)

Deadline Date:

11/15/19 4:00 PM AST Receipt


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 per year to New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Quebec NGOs, municipalities, educational institutions, and Indigenous organizations for the conservation of wild salmon and its habitat. This program seeks to achieve healthy and sustainable wild Atlantic salmon stocks.

The Foundation is interested in funding innovative projects that will have a high probability of success with measurable results for on-the-ground conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat.  As the basis for promoting the most effective use of, and accountability for, grant funding, the Foundation wishes to promote and improve conservation planning and management at the watershed level. The Foundation will consider eligible projects from the following categories:

  • Planning: Development of salmon and salmon habitat conservation plans for a watershed or sub-watershed (watershed planning)
  • Habitat: Conservation, rebuilding and restoration of wild Atlantic salmon habitat 
  • Populations: Conservation and restoring of wild Atlantic salmon stocks and populations
  • Access: Restoring access of wild Atlantic salmon to salmon habitat
  • Education: Public education and awareness of the importance of conservation of wild Atlantic salmon and its habitat 

2020 Provincial Conservation Priorities:

  • New Brunswick: Priority will be given to projects derived from a watershed management, restoration or recovery action plan that identifies, prioritizes and seeks to address limiting factors impacting salmon production and/or survival.
  • Newfoundland & Labrador: Further to eligible project categories, priority will be given to projects that: improve habitat, habitat access, connectivity, and/or water quality; assess/increase salmon populations. 
  • Nova Scotia: Priority will be given to projects that develop or are based on a watershed management plan. Implementation strategies from completed plans that focus on the following approaches will receive priority: improve habitat, habitat access and connectivity; mitigate the impact of acid rain; address limiting factors impacting salmon production or survival; support the integration in projects of education related to Atlantic salmon for the public and particularly youth.
  • Prince Edward Island: Priority will be given to projects derived from a watershed management plan, action plan, or restoration plan that identifies, prioritizes, and seeks to: identify limiting factors impacting salmon production; identify limiting factors impacting salmon survival; maintain and/or improve habitat for Atlantic salmon; and gather data on PEI salmon stocks. Priority will also be given to projects which focus on developing a watershed management plan, action plan, or restoration plan.
  • Quebec: Priority will be given to projects that develop or implement a plan or a strategy for salmon and its habitat. Preference will be given to projects that aim to acquire knowledge related to salmon population abundance as well as to characterization, improvement and protection of salmon habitat. 
  • Applied Scientific Research: To strategically direct applied scientific research, ASCF’s Scientific Advisory Committee has identified key topics that will be top priority going forward. Applied scientific research projects may be submitted under any of the provincial streams; however, going forward a maximum of 20% of available grant funds will be allocated to research initiatives.  Taking multi-year projects into account, this may mean that limited funds are available for new research projects in some provinces.

For a list of eligible costs, please see page 4 of the Application in Supporting Documents, below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 158881

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Submissions for individual projects should not be less than $5,000 per year nor exceed a maximum of $50,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Long-term (up to 3 year) grants are possible, and may be spread over a period of up to three years depending on the project.

Work conducted for the project is to be complete within 12 to 36 months of contract approval, dependent on the duration of the contract.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
-Non-governmental organizations (e.g. community-based conservation organizations, cooperatives, watershed-based organizations, etc.)
-Education institutions
-Indigenous organizations

Proposals demonstrating partnership among the eligible groups are very important to the Foundation, therefore proposals demonstrating real, working partnerships will be considered favourably. Partnerships between indigenous and community organizations are encouraged where reasonably possible. All applicants are required to indicate if they have made an effort to attract an indigenous or community organization, as the case may be, to partner in the proposed project.

If an indigenous organization is not immediately adjacent the project area, please consider partnerships with regional indigenous groups (e.g. AAROMs, native councils, etc.). If in-kind contributions have been confirmed, please include a letter of support with your application.

Ineligible costs: Funds may not be used to support major capital costs (including capital leasing costs); permanent staffing costs (however, a reasonable level of staff overhead during the grant period is acceptable); scholarships to individuals; deficit reduction activities or funding of projects that have already been completed; or for those activities that constitute legally required mitigation for the adverse effects of an activity regulated or otherwise governed by federal, provincial or municipal law.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is November 15, 2019, by 4:00 PM AST.

It is anticipated that awards could be made for successful proposals in May 2020.

Applicants are urged to confer with appropriate federal and provincial agency personnel during the development of proposals, to facilitate securing any necessary permits or approvals.

Projects that involve the introduction, transfer or collection of fish should be reviewed with the appropriate regulatory personnel, early in project planning, to assess if the project corresponds with accepted or prioritized activities and to determine the authorization and permits that will be required. A letter from the regulatory agency’s management group indicating their awareness of and support for the project should be submitted with your proposal.

All grants require at least a one-third cash or in-kind contribution from other funding sources. Match may be in cash, time, goods, or services. Projects that do not meet at least one-third cash or in-kind contribution will not be accepted or considered for funding.

If your project partners are also submitting a proposal to the Foundation for a different project, please ensure that matching in-kind support from these partners is independent of their funding request (i.e. Foundation contributions to another organization cannot be counted as in-kind match). Similarly, where multiple organizations are contributing to a project, a proposal will be accepted from only one organization.

Contact Information:

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

All forms from New Brunswick and Québec can be submitted directly by e-mail to Darla Saunders, Conservation Program Manager, at:

All forms from Newfoundland, Nova Scotia or Prince Edward Island can be submitted directly by e-mail to Allyson Heustis, Conservation Program Coordinator, at:

The Atlantic Salmon Conservation Foundation
480 Queen Street, Suite 200
Fredericton, NB E3B 1B6

P: 506.455.9900
F: 506.455.9905

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Canada: New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Nova Scotia   Prince Edward Island   Quebec