INVESTING IN BC CONSERVATION SINCE 1981

HCTF offers education grants to support opportunities for BC youth to learn, experience and connect to our natural world.

 

The WildBC team is a network of professional facilitators located around the province. Our team includes knowledgeable and passionate individuals with a wide variety of experiences and skills in education, ecology, biology, natural history, interpretation, teaching, leadership, project-based learning, outdoor learning and communication.

GO Grant funding covers:

  • Transportation to field trip location: bus, train, boat or mileage
  • Outdoor field trip equipment
    (e.g. dip nets, hand magnifiers,
    etc.) or habitat stewardship project materials (e.g. native plants, student gloves for planting)
  • Outdoor field trip leader, secondary school (grades 9-12) teacher on call costs and or program fees
  • Grants for individual class and/or requests of $600 or less
  • Grants for school-wide or multiple classes greater than $600 to a maximum of $3500

Key grant criteria:

  • Conducted outdoors in a nature setting
  • Focused on learning about BC’s fish, wildlife, habitats or biodiversity
  • Linked to curriculum
  • Hands-on or experiential for students
  • Planned with before and after extensions to the trip or project.

Approved for a GO Grant?

  • Enjoy your outdoor trip with your students!
  • Collect photos, memories and your receipts
  • Email us your GO Grants Report and photo(s)
  • Complete the online survey
  • Send us your GO Grant Invoice (for grants over $600*) with receipts (scanned or hard copy receipts)

GO Grants Overview

 

How to Apply:

  • Application deadlines
    • February 1st (for field trips between April 1 – June 30)
    • September 1st (for field trips between Sept 1- March 31)
  • Applications are submitted through our Survey Apply online application system. Click here to Apply
    • Please read our criteria in our About section of the GO Grant web area before you apply or email us at educationgrants@hctf.ca if you have any questions.
  • Important information
    • Only K-12 classes or schools in BC can apply. We no longer accept district-wide applications.
    • Only one field trip request per class will be considered for grants. Exceptions include those requests for project materials and used for multiple trips ( e.g. Forest Fridays or Wednesday Walking Nature hikes) or as funds are available each funding cycle.
    • One GO Grant per school year will be awarded. Successful applicants will need to wait until the following school year to reapply.

FAQ’s

    • Submitting your application and “how do I xxx?” When working on your application there are many resources located here from the Survey Apply site. Some items are not applicable to our grants but there are lots of helpful resources for some of the most common how to questions.
    • Are school ground garden projects eligible? School ground garden projects can meet GO Grant criteria of outdoor hands-on learning if the application demonstrates how the students will be engaged in building or creating the gardens connected to learning and caring for B.C’s biodiversity. School garden projects that meet our criteria include native plant or animal habitat gardens e.g. butterfly,bird, insect, forest ,wetlands etc. We do not fund infrastructure but fund student equipment such as shovels, gloves, field guides, monitoring equipment etc. or project materials such as native plants, nest boxes, soil, etc.
    • Can I apply for more than one field trip for my class? No. While we recognize the value of doing multiple field trips with your class, our funding goal is to allow as many classes as possible to have an experience outdoors learning.
    • Can I reapply for a GO grant if I was successful in previous application? There is a limit of one GO Grant per school year. For example if you received a GO Grant in September 2015 your next opportunity to submit a GO Grant would be September 2016.
    • Do you accept handwritten, faxed or scanned applications? No. We only accept applications that are submitted through our online application process.
    • What types of field trips are not eligible for GO Grants? The main focus of GO Grants is to help get students outdoors and learning through hands-on experiences in nature. Therefore those applications that do not provide this as the main emphasis will score lower (eg tours and indoor programs) than those field trips applications that offer outdoor and hands-on nature experiences for students.
    • Can community groups apply to GO Grants? GO Grants are only for K-12 schools in BC. Community groups can work with their local schools to help them with their application. All correspondence and grant funds will be issued to the school or school district.
    • When will I hear back about if I was successful or not? Grant selections for each funding application will be reviewed by the GO Grant Review Committee. Spring grants will be notified by March 15th and Fall/Winter grants will be notified in the first week of October. Notifications will be by email to all applicants.

Sample GO Grants Application

 

Forms and Resources

Education Program Stories