Land Stewardship Grants

Application forms are now available for those proponents invited to submit a proposal following the LOI stage.  Jump to application information>>

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The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of our new Land Stewardship Grants, made possible through an endowment provided by the Province of British Columbia for operations and management costs on conservation lands.




Guiding Principles

The following principles will guide funding of the projects and activities:

  • Accountability: Funding recipients will develop 3-year-plans outlining specific goals, objectives and operational outcomes, including performance indicators; provide annual reports on achievements of the goals, objectives and operational outcomes;
  • Maximum Conservation Benefit: Grants will be used only for activities directly related to the conservation and enhancement of biological diversity, fish, fish habitat, wildlife or wildlife habitat.
  • Cost Effectiveness: Applicants must use least cost / most benefit methods in applications.
  • Best Management Practices: Organizations must use best management practices and/or best science to maximize effectiveness of conservation activities


Organization Eligibility

Eligible organizations are defined as non-government (NGO), non-profit organizations who manage the conservation properties for which they are applying for funding.


Property Eligibility

Eligible properties are defined as fee-simple conservation lands in British Columbia that are both owned and managed by an NGO. Properties can either be an individual fee-simple parcel or a complex of fee-simple parcels that are managed as a unit by the NGO applying for funding. Lands owned by any level of government are excluded. Lands owned and managed for recreational, historical, agricultural, heritage, cultural or architectural values are not eligible for funding.


Activities Eligible for Funding

A list of eligible and ineligible activites/expenses is available here


Application Process

Applying for funding is a 2-step process. Step 1 is the submission of a Letter of Intent, which is open to any eligible organization that manages eligible conservation land (s). Step 2 will be by invitation, and will involve the submission of a more detailed proposal.


Step 1: Letter of Intent

Eligible organizations are invited to submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) that briefly describes the property, its ecological significance, goals and objectives for the property, the proposed activities and the annual budget for each of the 3 years of this funding cycle.


Acrobat icon small  LOI Overview

word doc icon small  LOI Instructions

word doc icon small  LOI Form

NOTE: Each LOI form should represent only one conservation property or complex, but orgnaizations are welcome to submit multiple LOIs for different properties. 

The deadline for submission of LOIs was  July 15, 2016 . Applicants have been notified as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal for funding under this program. 


Step 2: Full Proposal

The full proposal builds on the LOI and provides a detailed three-year work plan including goals, objectives, expected operational outcomes and performance indicators to measure the extent to which those goals, objectives, and outcomes have been achieved. Please review the instructions, sample application and application form, and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions. 


Acrobat icon small  Application Instructions

Acrobat icon small   Sample Application 

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HCTF must receive your application by Monday, October 24, 2016 at 4:30PM. Please email completed applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Submitted applications will undergo a thorough technical review and approval process. Applicants will be notified of HCTF’s funding decision by March of 2017, with funding to begin April 1, 2017.


Other Considerations

  • Recipients must ensure that the Province of BC and HCTF are acknowledged in any publications.
  • HCTF requires that funding recipients obtain all necessary approvals, consents, registrations, licences and other permits necessary to conduct its operations
  • Recipients must be prepared to provide information on the financial health of their organization and work to ensure that continued financial assistance from HCTF or the Province of BC is not required.
  • The first 3-year funding cycle (2017-2020) of the program will be a pilot in the sense that HCTF will use the results of this initial intake to assess the demand for the funds available (~$120,000 annually) and develop a fair allocation model to ensure all land conservation organizations have an equal opportunity to access the funds. HCTF also hopes to use feedback from proponents to improve the application process for the next application intake in 2020.
  • With uncertainty around number of applicants and dollars requested, HCTF may need to set limits on number of properties each organization can request funding for, or put limits on the amount of funding available for individual properties/organizations.


Reporting Requirements

Please be aware that funding recipients will be required to provide annual reports on achievements of the goals and objectives and a final report summarizing the results of the 3-year project.