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 for the 2020-2023 funding period has now closed. Applicants will be notified as to whether their application was successful in February 2020. For more information on the program guidelines, please see the Apply tab.
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):
Successful grant packages and annual reports are shared with the public, as per the Endowment Agreement between HCTF and the Province of British Columbia:
The Land Stewardship Grant intake has now closed. The next opportunity to apply will be in the fall of 2023. Information on the program including guiding principles, organization eligibility, property eligibility and eligible activities is included below.
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
Eligible organizations are defined as non-government (NGO), non-profit organizations who manage the conservation properties for which they are applying for funding.
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.
The Eligible Activities List is available here. This list forms an appendix to the Conditional Grant Agreement for approved projects.
For any questions on the Land Stewardship Grant program, please contact Christina Waddle, Conservation Specialist, at email@example.com .
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 250.940.3011.