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.

Given the uncertainty that is expected to continue over the next few months with the COVID-19 situation, HCTF is taking a conservative approach and will delay funding decisions for our Habitat Acquisition Grant until our fall Board meeting scheduled for October 2-4, 2020. As a result, the deadline for submitting habitat acquisition grant applications has been extended to Friday, July 17th, 2020. If proponents have already prepared applications, they may be submitted early but please note that our review process won’t start until the summer. Proponents will be notified of funding decisions shortly after the fall Board meeting. We are tracking the COVID-19 situation closely and will advise proponents of any changes as soon as possible.

Please review our 2020-21 Habitat Acquisition Proposal Guidelines if you are interested in submitting a proposal.

2020-21 Habitat Acquisition Proposal Guidelines


To apply for funding, download the HCTF Acquisition Proposal Application (word document) and HCTF Acquisition Proposal Budget (spreadsheet). The deadline for submitting proposals is July 17th, 2020 at 4:30 PM PST

2020-21 Acquisition Proposal Application 2020-21 Acquisition Budget Spreadsheet


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

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.

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