The Land Stewardship Grant provides funding for operations and maintenance activities on lands owned and managed by non-governmental organizations. Funding for this program is provided through an endowment fund provided to HCTF by the Province of British Columbia. The first intake took place in 2017, for funding over three years from April 1st, 2017 to March 30th, 2020. Approximately $300,000 was provided for the following organizations and properties (12 in total):
The next intake will be announced shortly, with a proposal deadline in the fall of 2019 for three-year funding starting April 1st, 2020.
Successful grant packages and annual reports are shared with the public, as per the Endowment Agreement between HCTF and the Province of British Columbia:
Application forms will be posted here in late Spring or early Summer 2019 for a deadline in Fall 2019. Information about the program principles and eligibility is provided below. For any questions on this grant program, please contact our Conservation Specialist (link).
Eligible organizations are defined as non-government (NGO), non-profit organizations who manage the conservation properties for which they are applying for funding. If the land manager is not the property owner, they must include a letter of support from the property owner, who must also be an NGO.
Eligible properties are defined as fee-simple conservation lands in British Columbia that are both owned and managed by an NGO. Properties can either be an individual fee-simple parcel or a complex of fee-simple parcels that are managed as a unit by the NGO applying for funding. Lands owned by any level of government are excluded. Lands owned and managed for recreational, historical, agricultural, heritage, cultural or architectural values are not eligible for funding.
A property owned by an NGO and leased to government may be eligible; however, the NGO land manager must have been granted management authority by an agreement by the leaseholder. Proof of this arrangement must be included with the application.
A list of eligible and ineligible activities/expenses is available here.This list forms an appendix to Conditional Grant Agreement for approved projects.
HCTF Land Stewardship Grant Projects require grant reports to be submitted annually, with reports due by March 31st each year of the grant. Report forms are emailed directly to project proponents.
If you have not received your report form or have any reporting questions, please contact our Conservation Specialist, Christina Waddle, at email@example.com or 250.940.3011.
Congratulations on the approval of your Land Stewardship Project! Here are a few things you need to know to manage your HCTF Land Stewardship Grant
Please note that your project final approval is subject to entering into a Conditional Grant Agreement with HCTF. You have received 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.
The funding for the HCTF Land Stewardship Grant is provided from the proceeds on an endowment provided by the Province of British Columbia. Therefore, HCTF and the Province of British Columbia must be acknowledged in any publicity issued, printed or distributed, including signs, displays, reports, announcements, articles, press releases, or media interviews.
This includes a requirement for including the HCTF and Province of British Columbia logo on all signs funded under the program:
For text based materials such as reports and brochures, please include the following acknowledgement statement, in addition to the logo: “The (insert Name of Recipient) recognizes the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Government of British Columbia for making a significant financial contribution to support the (insert Name of Project). Without such support, this project would not have been possible.”
Additional questions regarding logo use should be directed to Communications and Outreach Coordinator.
An accountable advance of 50% is provided to the proponent after signing the Conditional Grant Agreement. The next payment of 30% is made after the initial 50% has been spent and a Year 1 Grant Report has been received along with an invoice. The final payment of 20% is made upon receipt of the Final Year Grant Report.
For your information, the list of eligible and ineligible activities is available here. This list forms an appendix to your grant agreement.
If you have any questions please contact Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.940.3011.