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Stewardship Grants

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

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF)

Deadline Date:

11/01/19 4:30 PM PST


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Grants typically ranging from $10,000 to $80,000 to British Columbia government agencies, community and conservation groups, IHEs, and individuals for programs that benefit fish, wildlife, and habitat in the province. Preference is given to projects that create stewards through community-based, hands-on education and engagement programs, including Citizen Science. Stewardship projects may include some on-the-ground components such as habitat restoration.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) recognizes the importance of environmental stewardship and invests in projects that create stewards. Stewards include individuals, practitioners, and community organizations who take responsibility for promoting, monitoring, conserving, and restoring ecosystems to ultimately result in enduring conservation outcomes for fish and wildlife and their habitats. Proposed projects must align with their purposes as laid out in the Wildlife Act. 

Stewardship proposals:

  • Focus on engaging people to increase their knowledge, awareness, and understanding of fish, wildlife and their habitats
  • Have the ultimate goal of changing behaviors and/or attitudes towards fish, wildlife and habitat conservation
  • May involve direct action in which people are stewarding the land (e.g., restoring a wetland, creating specific habitat features, removing invasive plants)
  • May involve indirection action in which proponents work with others to achieve positive outcomes for fish and wildlife (e.g., landowner contact programs, citizen science, hands-on educational programs).
  • Must be based on current best practices to increase conservation behaviors in the target audience.

Note that projects requesting significantly higher amounts of funding will be reviewed with greater scrutiny to assess cost-effectiveness and to ensure the potential conservation benefits justify this level of funding. When reviewing proposals, the Board also considers the multi-year implications of investments.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186921

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Stewardship Grant budgets typically range from $10,000 to over $80,000 annually, with an average grant of approximately $30,000.

Term of Contract:

HCTF operates on a standard fiscal year, running from 1 April – 31 March. For example, a proposal submitted on November 1, 2019 would request funding to support project activities to take place between 1 April, 2020 and 31 March, 2021. Proposals are approved on an annual basis—a multi-year project must apply EACH YEAR for funding for the next year’s activities. There is a 5-year limit to project funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

HCTF Stewardship 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 proposal)

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

For a list of activities and types of projects that are not eligible for Stewardship Grant funding, see the Ineligible Project Activities tab in the URL for Full Text below.

Pre-Application Information:

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.

The 2020-21 application deadline to apply for a Stewardship proposal is 4:30 PM PST on Friday November 1, 2019.

Submission of HCTF Stewardship Grant Applications is through the HCTF Online application portal. HCTF Online typically opens in early to mid-September, but Application worksheets are available earlier for use drafting your proposal. To access the application site you must apply for an HCTF Online Account before logging in.

For application forms, and access to the HCTF Online Application Portal, see

For a full timeline, see the Annual Timeline for HCTF Projects tab in the URL for Full Text below.

If you have questions about your project’s eligibility, your proposal, what the reviewers are looking for, or any other details of application and grant management, contact the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

Contact Information:

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

If you have any issues/questions about using the HCTF Online portal, please contact Courtney Sieben ( for assistance.

Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation
Phone: 250 940 9780
Toll free: 1 800 387 9853
Fax: 250 590 6614

PO Box 9354
Unit 102 – 2957 Jutland Road
Victoria, BC V8T 5J9

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Canada: British Columbia