INVESTING IN BC CONSERVATION SINCE 1981

Since its inception in 1981, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation has invested over $180 million in grant money to more than 2,800 conservation projects in B.C.

We fund a variety of conservation work including:

  • Projects that restore, maintain, or enhance native freshwater fish and wildlife populations and habitats
  • Environmental education, and stewardship projects
  • Projects that acquire land or interests in land to secure the value of these areas for conservation purposes

You can read about HCTF priorities here.

HCTF Grant Types

This page provides an overview of the different HCTF grants available: click on the grant name for more information, including how to apply. You can also download our HCTF Grant Comparison Sheet for side-by-side comparison of some of our grant types.

HCTF Enhancement & Restoration Grants

Eligibility: Any individual, group or agency that has a good idea to help fish, wildlife or habitat in British Columbia.

Type of Activities Funded: Projects that focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife species and their habitats, have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome, while maintaining or enhancing opportunities for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and associated outdoor recreational activities.

Application Deadlines 2019: Nov 2nd, 2019, 4:30 PM PST


Caribou Habitat Restoration Grants

Eligibility: Any individual or organization capable of restoring habitat for caribou in British Columbia.

Type of Activities Funded: Functional and ecological caribou habitat restoration projects – see CHRF grant info page and Eligible Activities list for full details.

Application Deadline: TBA


Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF)

Eligibility: Individuals and organizations trying to implement on-the-ground, community-based conservation projects and public awareness initiatives.

Type of Activities Funded: Projects that maintain, conserve or restore indigenous fish and wildlife species and their habitat. Projects must have 50% volunteer component.

Application Deadlines 2019: May 16th, 2019, 4:30 PM PST


GO Grants

Eligibility: K-12 classes or schools that want to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for students that support inquiry and field investigation skill development.

Type of Activities Funded: Bus transportation, outdoor project materials and field trip leader or program fees. Find out more about field trip eligibility requirements on our education program’s website, hctfeducation.ca

Application Deadlines 2019: February 15th and Sept 1st 2019, 4:30 PM PST.


LEAP Grants

Project-based grants of up to $5000 for BC high schools, specifically, science courses or courses with a focus on environmental learning or career course focused on providing students with opportunities in environmental/conservation sciences.

Type of Activities Funded: Grants can be used for transportation costs, field equipment, field leaders (training or mentoring), teacher-on-call costs, training sessions or workshops for teachers and students in science protocols and practices. Find out more about field trip eligibility requirements on our education program’s website, hctfeducation.ca

Application Deadline 2019: June 15th, 2019, 4:30 PM PST.


Habitat Acquisition Grants

Eligibility: Provincial and local land trust organizations, all levels of government and community organizations.

Type of Activities Funded: Projects that acquire land to secure the value of these areas for conservation of fish and wildlife habitats and populations.

Application Deadlines 2019: March 29th, 2019, 4:30 PM PST


Land Stewardship Grants

Eligibility: NGOs who manage conservation lands owned by NGOs in BC.

Type of Activities Funded: Operations and maintenance activities on conservation lands.

Application Deadline: Next intake fall of 2020


Invasive Mussel Monitoring

Eligibility: Anyone who has the experience, knowledge and capacity to carry out the sampling of lakes for the presence of invasive mussels.

Type of Activities Funded: Labour, support, travel and equipment costs for monitoring BC lakes for the presence of invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

Application Deadlines 2019: January 28th, 2019 4:30 PM PST


Fisheries O&M

Eligibility: Only available to existing proponents. O&M project leaders should contact Christina Waddle to access O&M application forms and instructions, project change requests or any other questions.

Application Deadlines 2019: Contact Christina Waddle


Conservation Lands O&M

Eligibility: Only available to existing proponents. O&M project leaders should contact Christina Waddle to access O&M application forms and instructions, project change requests or any other questions.

Application Deadlines 2019: Contact Christina Waddle