The Caribou Habitat Restoration Fund (CHRF) is managed by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation for the purpose of restoring high-value habitat for caribou in BC using functional and ecological restoration methods. The CHRF is made possible by a contribution from the Province of BC.
Any individual or organization capable of restoring habitat for caribou in British Columbia. In order to maximize the benefits for caribou using the funds available, the Province has identified priority herds and developed guidelines for selecting restoration areas and activities that will benefit these herds.
There is no upper limit to the amount of money an application can request, however, keep in mind that HCTF’s goal is to allocate this money to habitat restoration projects that, in aggregate, will provide the maximum benefit to caribou. Priority will be given to projects that secure significant partner contributions (cash and in-kind).
The Province of BC requires a coordinated and strategic approach to restoring caribou habitat. The Province will identify high and medium priority herd ranges for caribou habitat restoration proposals submitted for the 2021-22 funding cycle. Please check back here in mid-July 2020 for the full herd priority list. In determining high and medium priorities for restoration, the Province considers the following factors: herd status, current population and trend, level of industrial exploration and development, other recovery actions already occurring within the range (e.g. habitat protection), existing government direction (e.g., existing strategic or tactical plan that identifies restoration as a priority). Applicants are encouraged to focus proposals in high-priority herds to maximize benefits to caribou and caribou habitat.
High-use* and high-value caribou areas: areas used by caribou where development has resulted in increased use of the area by primary prey and their predators (overlap with telemetry/observed caribou locations, including knowledge of habitat use patterns based on TEK or telemetry data).
*Telemetry, census, observational data, Traditional Ecological Knowledge
For this funding cycle, priority will be given to functional restoration projects that will reduce the use of linear features by predators and people so as to reduce caribou mortality in the short term. Ecological restoration is important to meet the long-term goals at many sites and can be done in conjunction with functional restoration.
Please ensure you have reviewed the Eligible Activities List and understand the activities that are eligible for funding under this program.
As part of the CHRF application process (see “Application” tab), applicants must discuss their project with the government caribou biologist for the region where the project will take place. Their contact details are available in the table below. These individuals will be able to (1) confirm whether caribou restoration plans are available within the region to further inform proposals, and (2) to confirm the caribou, predator and other region-specific information.
|Region||Government Biologist Name||Phone|
|North East||Scott Schildsemail@example.com||250-261-2054|
|Skeena||Anne Marie Roberts||AnneMarie.Roberts@gov.bc.ca||250 847-7328|
|Omineca||Duncan McColl||Duncan.McColl@gov.bc.ca||250 614-7484|
|Thompson-Okanagan||Bevan Ernst||Bevan.Ernst@gov.bc.ca||250 371 6273|
The first public intake for caribou habitat restoration proposals seeking CHRF funding closed on January 11th, 2019. Eleven projects were approved for funding, including:
The next opportunity to apply for a CHRF grant will be fall of 2020. HCTF will also be launching a new application system at this time. The overall content will remain relatively consistent with recent years with a new simplified and easy-to-use application structure. Our new cloud-based system will provide significant improvements by streamlining workflow and adding automated services to increase convenience for applicants. We are very excited to integrate this new system to save everyone time and add more clarity and functionality to our application processes. The guidelines and sample documents provided below are for last cycle and will not be an exact reflection of the application form within our new online system. However, these resources are still very useful reference documents that outline what information will be required when filling out your application. We will post updated worksheets on this page once they are ready.
Please note: CHRF funding is specifically for projects actively restoring caribou habitat in BC. If you are seeking funding for another type of caribou conservation project, please see our Enhancement and Restoration grant page or contact Shannon West for clarification.
Even if you’ve completed a CHRF application before, there are some changes to the application process and forms that you should be aware of.
1) Ensure you’ve read and understand all of the information in the “Overview” tab.
2) Download the current 2020-21 CHRF Proposal Writing Instructions & Worksheet. *Note: provided for reference only. Will be updated for fall of 2020.
Refer to the Review tab to learn how your application will be assessed, and keep this in mind as you plan your proposal.
3) Download the 2020-21 CHRF Activity & Budget Detail Spreadsheet *Note: provided for reference only. Will be updated for fall of 2020.
This is the same spreadsheet available in the HCTF Online application portal, but you may complete and upload this copy if you wish.
4) Read the HCTF Online User Guide for instructions on using the online application portal to submit your proposal. *Note: provided for reference only. Will be updated for fall of 2020.
Submission of CHRF Grant Applications in 2020 will be via our new grant application system: additional details will be posted here prior to the fall intake. The application deadline is 4:30 PM PST on Friday, November 6, 2020.
Applications received by the November 1st deadline will be evaluated by a technical review committee composed of caribou habitat restoration experts and the HCTF Board of Directors. Evaluation criteria considered in the review of CHRF applications include:
The HCTF Board of Directors will review the recommendations of the technical review committee and make final funding decisions in March. Proponents will be notified about the status of their proposals shortly thereafter.
Approved proposals will be mailed a Conditional Grant Agreement. This will need to be signed and returned to HCTF prior to the first payment installment cheque being issued. Proposed project activities can begin on April 1st of the year in which they are approved. If a proposal is approved subject to funding condition, that funding condition must be met prior to commencing any work. Note that HCTF funds multi-year projects one year at a time – if you would like funding for future years of a project, you must submit a continuing application each year. Each fiscal year’s project activities must be complete by March 31st. Grant Reports are due annually on April 15th.
In recognition of the recent pressures placed on current HCTF grant recipients in the ongoing efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19 we have automatically extended this year’s deadline for submitting grant reports to June 30th, 2020. You do not need to apply for this extension. Please note: if you’re able to submit your report prior to the April 15th deadline, we highly encourage you to do so! This will allow us to get you your final payment sooner, by cheque or electronic fund transfer.
CHRF projects funded in 2018-19 and 2019-20 that do not have an approved contract extension to 20-21 should have received their report forms via email: if not, please contact Shannon West. Reports are due April 15th, 2020.
Please submit a shapefile of the site you intend to restore using ESRI standard Shapefile format. All data must be spatially referenced to NAD83 and projected to BC Environmental Albers WKID: 3005 Authority: EPSG. All shapefiles must be submitted with a .prj file defining this projection and coordinate system.
Projection: Albers Conic Equal Area
Central Meridian: -126.0 degrees
First standard parallel: 50.0 degrees
Second standard parallel: 58.5 degrees
Latitude of reference: 45.0 degrees
False Easting: 1000000 metres
False Northing: 0 metres
All spatial data must be topologically correct (no overlaps, no gaps).
Please note that your project’s final approval is subject to you (or you organization) entering into a Conditional Grant Agreement with HCTF. In the weeks following the receipt of your preliminary approval letter, you will be mailed two copies of a conditional grant agreement and an accompanying checklist. Please read your grant agreement carefully, and complete all requirements on the checklist before returning to HCTF. Questions? Please contact our Finance Officer.
If circumstances have changed and your approved project requires modifications from your original proposal in terms of objectives, activities/methodology, or budget allocation, you must submit a written request to HCTF using the Project Change Request Form.
Project change requests can be submitted at any time and should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Depending on the nature of your request, it will be reviewed by either HCTF staff or an appropriate technical review committee.
We’ve extended the deadline for applying for a current-year contract extension to April 30, 2020. The Contract Extension Request form can be downloaded using the link below:
Contract extensions are intended for projects where activities in the proposal could not be completed within the original timeframe. If you also have changes to your project objectives, budget or activities please submit a Project Change request form (see above).
If you are unable to complete your project within the fiscal year of your Conditional Grant Agreement (April 1 through March 31st, unless otherwise specified), you will need to request a Contract Extension to extend your Agreement into the next fiscal. The annual deadline for contract extension requests is February 15th. An email from the Finance Officer will be sent in early January with the Contract Extension Request Form and instructions to email the completed request to email@example.com.
Please note that even though activities and expenditures will occur in the following fiscal year, they will still be invoiced and reported on under the original Agreement. The Grant Report (see Reporting Tab) will be due when that year’s activities are complete.
In some cases, a project may have a Contract Extension concurrently with another funded year of the project. HCTF requires that expenditures and project outcomes for each grant must always be tracked, invoiced and reported on separately. That also means that any unspent funds from one grant cannot be “rolled into” the project budget for a subsequent year.
For example, a multi-year project may receive a contract extension to complete Year 1 activities concurrent to activities already approved for Year 2. Each of these proposals is considered a separate contract. Therefore, you must report for each of them separately by completing a Grant Report for each of these project years, reporting against their respective proposals. That is, you would submit a Grant Report for Year 1, reporting against the Year 1 proposal; and another Grant Report for Year 2, reporting against the Year 2 proposal, even though the Year 1 activities took two years and happened at the same time as the Year 2 activities.
The support provided by HCTF and the Province of BC must be acknowledged in any publicity issued, printed or distributed, including signs, displays, reports, announcements, articles, press releases, or media interviews. Please include the following statement on any published materials:
“We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development”
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