INVESTING IN BC CONSERVATION SINCE 1981

The Land Stewardship Grant provides three years of 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 application intake is now open for funding with a deadline of October 16, 2019. This opportunity for funding only opens once every three years. Click on the apply tab for more information.

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):

  • Denman Conservancy Association for the Settlement Lands
  • Ducks Unlimited Canada for the Quintal Floodplain & Grauer Wetlands
  • Fraser Valley Conservancy for Windebank
  • Nanaimo Area Land Trust for Parnassian Woods and the Martha Warde Property
  • Salt Spring Island Conservancy for Blackburn Nature Reserve
  • The Nature Conservancy of Canada for the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, Dutch Creek Hoodoos and Elkin Creek Nature Preserve
  • Williams Lake Field Naturalists for Scout Island

Submitted Applications & Reports

Successful grant packages and annual reports are shared with the public, as per the Endowment Agreement between HCTF and the Province of British Columbia:

2017-20 Approved Land Stewardship Grant Three-Year Plans

2017-18 Land Stewardship Grant Reports

The Land Stewardship Grant is now open for funding. Please review the guiding principles and eligibility information here to confirm your eligibility prior to downloading the full program guidelines and application forms below.

  • Guiding Principles

    Accountability: Funding recipients will develop 3-year-plans outlining specific goals, objectives and operational outcomes, including performance indicators; provide annual reports on achievements of the goals, objectives and operational outcomes;

    Maximum Conservation Benefit: Grants will be used only for activities directly related to the conservation and enhancement of biological diversity, fish, fish habitat, wildlife or wildlife habitat.

    Cost Effectiveness: Applicants must use least cost / most benefit methods in applications.

    Best Management Practices: Organizations must use best management practices and/or best science to maximize effectiveness of conservation activities

  • Organization Eligibility

    Eligible organizations are defined as non-government (NGO), non-profit organizations who manage the conservation properties for which they are applying for funding.

  • Property Eligibility

    Eligible properties are defined as fee-simple conservation lands in British Columbia that are both owned and managed by an NGO. Properties can be either 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, cultural or architectural values are not eligible for funding. Organizations wishing to apply for multiple properties must limit the request to three properties only. We will accept applications for properties previously funded under this program; however, priority may be given to properties not previously funded if the program is over-subscribed.

  • Activities Eligible for Funding

    The Eligible Activities List is available here. This list forms an appendix to the Conditional Grant Agreement for approved projects.


How to Apply

Please review the full Land Land Stewardship Grant Guidelines in full prior to completing your application. Once you have reviewed the guidelines, download the application forms below (Part 1 & 2). A Sample Part 2 Application Form has been provided for reference.

Application Form Part 1

Application Form Part 2

 

Send your completed application forms to Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist, at christina.waddle@hctf.ca by 4:30 pm on October 16, 2019. You will receive an email confirming receipt of your application.

 

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 christina.waddle@hctf.ca 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

  • Conditional Grant Agreement

    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.

  • HCTF & Province of British Columbia Acknowledgement

    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:

    • HCTF logos are available here
    • The Province of British Columbia logo can be requested by emailing FLNRO.MediaRequests@gov.bc.ca with the following request: “As a recent funding recipient of the HCTF Land Stewardship Grant, I’m requesting a copy of the ministry logo to acknowledge the financial support of the ministry for our project.”

    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.

  • Project Change Request

    If circumstances have changed and your approved project requires modifications from your original proposal in terms of goals, objectives, activities, or budget allocation, you must submit a written request to HCTF using the general Project Change Request Form. Please submit your completed request to our Conservation Specialist. Depending on the nature of the request, it will be reviewed by HCTF staff, and if necessary, the Land Stewardship Technical Review Committee.
  • Payment Schedule

    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.

  • Eligible Activities

    For your information, the list of eligible and ineligible activities is available here. This list forms an appendix to your grant agreement.

Questions?

If you have any questions please contact Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist, at christina.waddle@hctf.ca or 250.940.3011.

Land Stewardship Project Profiles