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Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC) Grant

Grants to Canada Individuals, Nonprofits, Indigenous Organizations,
For-Profits, IHEs, and Agencies for Conservation Efforts

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Wildlife Habitat Canada (WHC)

Deadline Date:

10/16/19 5:00 PM EDT


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Grants to Canada individuals, nonprofit organizations, indigenous organizations, for-profit organizations, IHEs, and government agencies for conservation projects. Grants will be awarded in the following areas: habitat conservation, research, conservation networking, and the study of invasive alien species.

The WHC mandate is to support applications that:

  • Are relevant under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP)
  • Positively impact regional and local habitats of other migratory game birds
  • Consider the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund

WHC will consider projects with activities that address invasive alien species (IAS) in accordance with its guidelines. 

The WHC grant program has four categories of funding, each of which is directed to projects that support different areas of conservation:

Habitat Conservation Grants

Projects under this category focus on direct, on-the-ground activities that:

  • Address North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) conservation priorities, as outlined in the Habitat Joint Venture Implementation Plans, including conservation, restoration, protection and enhancement of habitat in priority areas; or
  • Support habitat conservation for other important migratory game birds.

Research Grants

Projects under this category focus on furthering the understanding of waterfowl and/or habitat conservation in priority areas or the NAWMP human dimensions component. Examples of research projects that have received grant funding in the past:

  • Long Point Waterfowl’s Lake St. Clair Initiative: Habitat Selection and Survival of American Black Ducks and Mallards during Autumn-Winter;
  • Assessing the ecological influences on the efficacy of benthic barriers to control yellow flag iris in high priority waterfowl habitats across British Columbia;
  • Understanding the dynamics of people’s interactions with waterfowl: Assessing hunter’s preferences for waterfowl management in Canada.

Conservation Networking Grants: 

Wetland Education, Hunter projects under this category address the NAWMP goals and priorities of the human dimensions component, “Growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands habitat conservation” This Includes:

  • Wetland educational programs/workshops;
  • Waterfowl hunter education and/or recruitment programs/workshops;
  • Projects that advance regional or national stewardship.ducation, Hunter Recruitment projects

Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants

Projects under this category support Murre conservation activities and management, including those that:

  • Assess Murre breeding populations, productivity, survival, harvests and other mortality factors;
  • Facilitate Murre hunting stewardship and wildlife conservation to ensure that the Murre populations are sustained; or
  • Involve other Murre habitat conservation activities and events.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163282

Term of Contract:

One-year projects must be carried out between April 1st of the granting year and March 31st of the subsequent year. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the designated fiscal year.

Two-year projects must be carried out between April 1st of the granting year and March 31st two years following receipt of funds. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the two designated fiscal years. Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund projects are currently not eligible for multi-year grants.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Recipients of the Grant Program are:
- Canadian Residents
- Not-for-profit Organizations
- Indigenous organizations, associations, and wildlife management boards
- Research, academic, and educational institutions
- For profit organizations such as small businesses, companies, corporations, and industry associations
- Local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs
- Provincial, territorial, municipal, and local governments and their agencies

Ineligible Recipients of the Grant Program include, but are not limited to:
- International organizations or individuals
- Federal level organizations or individuals: Government employees, departments, agencies, and crown corporations

For the 2020-2021 grant program, Wildlife Habitat Canada will consider submissions which are implemented over a two-year period. To be eligible, projects must:
- Be carried out between April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the 2020-2022 fiscal years
- Have clear milestones and deliverables in both years and a minimum of 1:1 match in both the first and second year
- Demonstrate a clear rationale as to why two years are required to complete the project. Examples would include infrastructure projects that require detailed planning and approvals in the first year and construction in the second year; research projects requiring two years to complete; or, projects with a pilot or “proof of concept” phase in year one.
- Fully complete their grant application form for both years as per grant application instructions. WHC recognizes the importance of projects involving habitat conservation, restoration, and enhancement for other wildlife (i.e. other than migratory game birds) and fish; however, these types of projects are not eligible for funding consideration under the Contribution Agreement between Environment and Climate Change Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.

Note: Maintenance or ongoing projects are not eligible.

The following activities are not eligible for grant funding from WHC:
- Expenditures directly related to the acquisition of land or an interest in land, including a lease, conservation easement or conservation covenant
- A contribution to an endowment fund

For additional application requirement, see:

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for 2020-2021 project funding is Wednesday, October 16, 2019, no later than 5:00 PM EDT.

- Call for Proposals: End of July/August
- Deadline for Applications: mid-October
- Applications submitted for review to Board of Directors: January
- Decision Letters to Applicants: February
- Project Dates: April 1 to March 31
- Reporting periods: Interim Reports due Mid-September and Final Reports due Mid-March

A minimum 1:1 funding match ratio* must clearly be demonstrated in the application. WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the project costs. *Please note that funding from Government of Canada programs cannot be considered as match.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

For assistance, contact:

Cameron Mack
Executive Director
(613) 722-2090 x 224

Julia Thompson
Program Manager
(613) 722-2090 x 266

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Canada: Alberta   British Columbia   Manitoba   New Brunswick   Newfoundland and Labrador   Northwest Territories   Nova Scotia   Nunavut   Ontario   Prince Edward Island   Quebec   Saskatchewan   Yukon