Each spring, HCTF accepts grant applications from land trust organizations looking to purchase properties to protect important habitat for BC’s fish and wildlife. Proposed acquisitions are evaluated on criteria such as species richness, connectivity, conservation planning priority, habitats, and impending threats to these values. Financial factors such as partnership funding, stability of the proponent organization, cost per hectare and level of community support are also carefully considered. Because acquisitions are funded with licence surcharge money, properties that also include public fishing and hunting opportunities are generally given priority consideration.

See our Conservation Lands Acquisition page for more information on what the program has accomplished thus far.

HCTF is now accepting applications for Habitat Acquisition Grants! Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s NEW online system by 4:30pm (PST) on Friday, April 16, 2021 to be considered for funding. HCTF has launched a new Survey Apply application system this year. The overall application form is similar to previous years, but this new cloud-based system will provide significant improvements by streamlining workflow and adding automated services to increase convenience for applicants. Before beginning your application on the Survey Apply system, we strongly recommend that you complete your application on the Word worksheets posted on our website. Once completed you can copy-and-paste your answers into the online form. The worksheets also provide a useful overview of the questions and information requirements. Please note that HCTF cannot accept applications submitted by email.

Please review our 2021-22 Habitat Acquisition Proposal Guidelines if you are interested in submitting a proposal.

2021-22 Habitat Acquisition Proposal Guidelines


To apply for funding, download the Acquisition Proposal Word Worksheet (word document) and HCTF Acquisition Proposal Budget (spreadsheet).

2021-22 Acquisition Proposal Word Worksheet 2021-22 Acquisition Budget Spreadsheet


How to Apply

Submission of Habitat Acquisition Grant Applications is through the HCTF Survey Apply system. Please note that all applications must be submitted using Survey Apply. HCTF cannot accept applications by email. The application deadline is 4:30pm PST on Friday, April 16, 2021.

Survey Apply Application System

Apply Online


Acquisitions – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Acquisitions FAQ Page


If you have any questions, please contact Karen Barry at or 250-940-9785.

This year’s deadline for submitting grant reports is April 15th, 2021. Please note: if you are 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.

An Acquisition Report Form needs to be completed and submitted to HCTF on completion of the purchase, in order to receive the 10% holdback. Please download the form here.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Barry at or 250-940-9785.

Congratulations on your successful application for habitat acquisition funding!

Your funding notification included several funding conditions. These funding conditions must be satisfied prior to HCTF issuing a conditional grant agreement. Once funding conditions are satisfied, you will receive two copies of the conditional grant agreement in the mail 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 Financial Officer.

  • Insurance

    Please note the insurance requirements in Section 9 of your Conditional Grant Agreement. You will require a Certificate of Insurance for General Liability: your insurer can assist in completing this certificate.

  • HCTF Acknowledgement

    The support provided by HCTF must be acknowledged in any publicity issued, printed or distributed, including signs, displays, reports, announcements, articles, press releases, or media interviews. Further information on communications guidelines and copies of the HCTF logo are available here.

  • Contract Extensions

    We’ve extended the deadline for applying for a current-year contract extension to April 30, 2020. Contract Extension Request form can be found at the links below:

    Contract Extention Request – Letter

    Contract Extention Request – Form

    HCTF habitat acquisition projects funding approval expires by March 31st of the fiscal year in which it was approved. If your acquisition is going to take longer to complete, you may apply for a contract extension. This is due in early February each year: contact the Financial Officer for more information.

Habitat Acquisition Project Profiles