HCTF's Online application portal for Enhancement & Restoration grants is now open!
Please ensure you read all of the information below (and on our HCTF Online webpage) to make sure you include all required information with your proposal.
Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6 Million dollars in Enhancement and Restoration Grants. These 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 our purposes as laid out in the Wildlife Act.
Who Can Apply?
HCTF enhancement grants are available to anyone who has who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. HCTF strongly encourages cost-shared proposals, and project leaders should explore the possibility of partnerships with other organizations.
How Much Money Can I Apply For?
There is no upper limit on funding requests. HCTF Enhancement and Restoration Grants typically support projects that are larger in scope or funding need than our other grant types; enhancement project annual budgets typically range from $10,000 to over $100,000 annually.
What is Seed Funding?
Seed funding is a small grant (up to $5,000) to facilitate the development of a full HCTF proposal. If you have an idea for a new enhancement project but need to do some initial planning before submitting a full new Enhancement proposal, you may apply for seed funding of up to $5,000. 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.
Are multi-year projects eligible?
Yes. Multi-year projects may be applied for using the appropriate HCTF Online application form. However, funding is approved one year at time – you must reapply each year for continued funding. When you apply, you will choose the type of proposal form based on the expected life of the project. For more information, see “Proposal Status Definitions”.
Are Some Activities Ineligible?
Yes - the following is a list of activities and types of projects that are not eligible for HCTF 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 hatcheries 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 government employees
- 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 fishing and hunting, tour, or curriculum guidebooks or publication materials
- Information projects on regulations or stocking
- 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 systems
In special circumstances, HCTF will consider funding these activities or types of projects where they are critical to the outcomes and objectives of HCTF.
How Are Projects Selected for Funding?
All submitted applications are reviewed by teams of technical experts, who then make funding recommendations to the Board based on which proposed projects are the most technically sound and have the highest likelihood of achieving conservation benefits for fish, wildlife, and habitat in BC. The Board then considers which projects best align with HCTF’s priorities and interests. For specific details on what the reviewers look for when scoring your proposal, see “How are grant applications evaluated?”
HCTF receives money from certain court awards and compensation settlements from fish/wildlife/habitat infractions. Occasionally, the funding from these awards is restricted to locations, species and/or habitats, and HCTF advertises these awards to solicit proposals for enhancement projects matching the restriction. For this grant cycle, HCTF has additional funding available for fish and wildlife conservation projects on Northern Vancouver Island and instream fish habitat enhancement in Byrne Creek. Read more about currently available restricted funding opportunities »
Planning Your Project
Information is available to help you write a successful proposal and avoid common pitfalls. While in the planning stages of your proposal, all applicants are strongly encouraged to:
- Read the HCTF Strategic Plan to make sure you project aligns with HCTF priorities.
- Read the 2018 Proposal Writing Instructions
- Refer to the evaluation criteria used to score your project (See "How are grant applications evaluated?”)
- Refer to the tips in our Do's and Don'ts list for writing a good HCTF proposal.
- View the Conditional Grant Agreement to ensure that, should your project be approved, you are able to comply with the terms of that agreement.
Important dates relevant to HCTF Enhancement & Restoration Projects
When can I apply for an Enhancement & Restoration Grant?
The application deadline is 4:30PM PST on November 2nd each year. The online application portal (HCTF OnLine) typically opens in early-to-mid September, at which time updated Application Worksheets in MS Word are also available. (You must apply for an HCTF Online Account to access the application site. See the HCTF OnLine webpage for details.)
How long does the review process take?
Proposals undergo technical review through December and January, and the Board meets in early March to make funding decisions.
When will I know if my proposal has been approved?
Proponents are notified about the decision by late March. We often post a preliminary list of approved projects before individual notifications are emailed.
When can I begin my project?
Once your proposal has been approved, you will be notified, and a Conditional Grant Agreement will be mailed. This must be signed, and returned to HCTF. If a proposal is approved subject to a funding condition, that funding condition must be met prior to commencing any work; otherwise, HCTF Enhancement projects can begin activities from 1 April of the year in which they are approved.
What are the Reporting Obligations for a Grant?
The fiscal year’s activities must be complete by March 31, with an annual Grant Report due April 15th, for multiyear projects.
A Final Year Grant Report is due April 15th of the final year of a project.