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. HCTF is currently accepting grant applications for this program until 4:30 pm PST on November 1st, 2019.
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 has identified high and medium priority herd ranges for caribou habitat restoration proposals submitted for the 2020-21 funding cycle. In determining high and medium priorities for restoration, the province considered 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.
For this application cycle, the high-priority ranges for restoration work are:
For this application cycle, the medium-priority ranges for restoration work are:
Restoration work in any other herd ranges is considered to be a lower priority for this funding cycle.
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||Kelli Cote||Kelli.Cote@gov.bc.ca||250-787-3479|
|Skeena||Anne Marie Roberts||AnneMarie.Roberts@gov.bc.ca||250 847-7328|
|Omineca||Duncan McColl||Duncan.McColl@gov.bc.ca||250 614-7484|
|Kootenays||Aaron Reid||Aaron.Reid@gov.bc.ca||250 354-6288|
|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:
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.
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
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.
Submission of CHRF Grant Applications is through the HCTF Online application portal. The application deadline is 4:30 PM PST on Friday, November 1, 2019. To access the application site you must apply for an HCTF Online Account before logging in: see below for details.
The HCTF Online Application Portal is Now Open!
New users must request a User ID through the HCTF Online User Account Request Form.
If you have applied through HCTF Online in a previous year, you can login using your existing ID. If you have an existing ID but have forgotten your password, please request a password reset in the Account Request Form.
IMPORTANT: Account requests and password resets are not automatic and may take up to 24 hours to issue. Please request your IDs and passwords early on!
If you have any issues/questions about using the HCTF Online portal, please contact Courtney Sieben (Courtney.email@example.com) for assistance.
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.
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. Please submit completed requests 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.
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”
Full information on HCTF communications guidelines and copies of the HCTF logo are available here.
Report forms for projects funded under this programs will be posted here when available. Contact Shannon West with questions.