Land Stewardship Grants

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

This first intake for this three-year grant took place in 2016, for funding from April 2017 to March 2020. Current Land Stewardship grant recipients include:

  • Denman Conservancy Association for the Settlement Lands
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada for the Quintal Floodplain
  • Fraser Valley Conservancy for Windebank
  • Nanaimo Area Land Trust for Parnassian Woods and the Martha Warde Property
  • Salt Spring Island Conservancy for Blackburn Nature Reserve
  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada for the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, Dutch Creek Hoodoos and Elkin Creek Nature Preserve
  • Williams Lake Field Naturalists for Scout Island



Our next intake will be announced in the Spring of 2019. Please check back then for information on the application process.


Guiding Principles

  • 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.

For any questions on this grant program, please contact Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist, at 250-940-3011 or