HCTF Online

HCTF’s Online application portal for Enhancement & Restoration grants is now closed. Thank you to everyone who applied by the November 2nd deadline. Your next opportunity to submit an application will be fall of 2018.

Additional Funding for Wildlife Projects

We are pleased to announce that the Forest Enhancement Society of BC (FESBC) will be contributing up to one million dollars for HCTF-approved projects aligned with their wildlife habitat enhancement goals and forest stewardship objectives. This contribution from FESBC will allow us to fund more conservation projects for the 2018-19 grant cycle.  To apply for FESBC funding for a project primarily focussed on improving forested habitat for wildlife, you will need to use HCTF’s online application process for Enhancement & Restoration Grants. Please read the Enhancement & Restoration Grant overview carefully, as all of the criteria and deadline apply. You do not need to indicate that you wish to be considered for FESBC funding in your application: a list of projects approved by HCTF will be provided to FESBC, who will then select projects to co-fund. You can read descriptions of the projects that were selected for co-funding this spring by downloading our 2017-18 approved project list.


  • The information required in the Communications Tab has changed, and a new section, “Community Engagement”, has been added. Please check out the revised 2018-19 Proposal Writing Instructions for details. If you are carrying forward a proposal from a previous year, check to make sure that you are answering the right question in this section (the system will carry forward your response to the previous question and place it in this spot).
  • Continuing Projects: We’ve made some changes to the questions we ask about Continuing Projects. If you are applying for a Continuing Multi-Year project, read the questions and instructions carefully for the “Project Progress” section and ensure that you edit and update your proposal.

Please Note: If you submitted a proposal last year (2017-18) and are continuing with the same project this year, then you can: 1) log in to HCTF Online using last year’s User ID (see Step 5 below), and 2) bring forward last year’s proposal to edit and update.

The following steps will help you prepare your HCTF Enhancement & Restoration Grant application:

Step 1: Read the REVISED 2018 Proposal Writing Instructions– these provide guidance for writing the contents of your proposal, and contain critical details that are not repeated on the application forms.  (Note: See part 2 for specific Seed proposal instructions.)

Step 2: Read our NEW section on “How are grant applications evaluated?to understand the criteria used to score your project.  Review the example HCTF Proposal. This should give an indication of the level of detail the reviewers are looking for. Keep in mind the more technically complex the project, the more detail may be required.

Step 3: Read our NEW tips list on preparing a successful application: Do’s and Don’ts for a successful HCTF Restoration & Enhancement proposal

Step 4: (Optional) Use the MS Word Worksheets to draft/review/edit your proposal. You can then cut & paste the text into the online form once you are logged in. A Budget Spreadsheet is also available for use when planning your proposal.

Step 5: Get your User ID

  • New users must complete the Request User ID Form and you will receive an email with a link to your own HCTF Online User Account. Note that it may take up to one working day to receive the link. Keep track of this User ID! You—or anyone taking over your project—will need it to access that Online account in future years.
  • Users submitting a Continuing proposal may use last year’s User ID when you log in to HCTF Online. If you have forgotten it, go to Request User ID and select “request password for existing user account”. (IF you are a new proponent wishing access to update a previously submitted proposal, please contact jane.algard@hctf.ca or call 250 940-9781 for assistance).
  • Request User ID now.

Step 6: Review the Online User Guide – this will help you to navigate through the online forms once you have your User ID and are ready to fill in the HCTF Online application form.

Step 6: Log in to HCTF Online .


Additional Requirements: Prescribed Fire, Grizzly Bear and Stewardship Proposals


Prescribed Fire Proposals

Proposals for prescribed fires or that have prescribed fires as a component of an ecosystem restoration project are asked to refer to the Draft Guidelines for HCTF Prescribed Fire Proposals . You are requested to respond to questions in the guidelines that are relevant to your proposal – either in the proposal itself (preferably) or in a separate brief (2-3 pages) document that you may attach to your proposal (the on-line form has an Attachments button). As these are draft guidelines, HCTF appreciates your feedback on the utility of these guidelines: contact HCTF Biological and Evaluation Services

Grizzly Bear Proposals

Proponents of grizzly bear population studies should review the document Grizzly Bear Population Inventory & Monitoring Strategy for British Columbia and identify how their project fits in to the geographic priorities for grizzly inventory and monitoring identified in Chapter 4.

Proponents of grizzly viewing and/or education proposals should review the HCTF Guidelines for Grizzly Bear Education and Viewing Proposals . As these are draft guidelines, HCTF appreciates your feedback on the utility of these guidelines: contact HCTF Biological and Evaluation Services.

Stewardship Proposals

Proponents submitting stewardship proposals, or other proposals that have a stewardship component, are asked to refer to Considerations for HCTF Stewardship Proposals. This document provides guidance for developing this type of project proposal as well as for developing short-term and long-term measures of project outcomes.