What is PCAF?
The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who need financial help to implement a conservation project. Since 1974, the Province of BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provide approximately $150,000 each year to help implement on-the-ground conservation work, with a particular focus on hands-on, community-based, and public awareness initiatives.
Preferred PCAF projects are those that:
PCAF will fund eligible expenses up to $10,000 in any one year. You must match the requested funds by contributing a combination of volunteer labour (credited at $15 per hour), materials, or other allowable donations. At least half of your matching funds must be made up of volunteer labour. See the PCAF Application Rules & Guidelines document on the “Apply” tab for more information. To assist as many groups as possible PCAF grants are modest, averaging about $2,500 each. The maximum total amount available over the life of a PCAF project is $20,000.
Projects must be of a conservation nature, with priority given to projects that focus on activities that maintain, conserve or restore native (indigenous) freshwater fish and wildlife species and their habitats.
Some examples of PCAF projects and activities that we have funded include:
Some types of projects or activities are ineligible for PCAF funding, including but not limited to:
You can read about some of our recently-funded PCAF projects here, or download a list of the current year’s approved projects.
Please note that the timeline for the 2020-21 PCAF intake and application cycle has been adjusted. See Apply tab for more information.
You can view the list of PCAF projects funded in 2019 here.
Although the annual PCAF deadline is typically May 15 each year, as part of HCTFs response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are extending the PCAF deadline for 2020-21 to June 15th, 2020 at 4:30pm PDT.
Application forms and guidelines have now been updated and are available at the links below. You may begin submitting your completed applications as early as April 15, 2020 to the email@example.com email. If you intend to apply for further funding to continue the same PCAF project, you must submit a new application each year and include a report, outlining expenditure details and information on the progress of your currently funded PCAF project (See Reporting tab for more details).
Please note that with the extended deadline for 2020-21 applications, our grant timeline has shifted. PCAF funding decisions will not be made until early July, which means that proponents will not be notified until mid-July. The cheques will be sent out shortly after that.
As PCAF will not fund activities retroactively, PCAF funded project activities cannot begin until those notifications have been received. We understand that this may impact this summer’s activities, however, we hope that proponents can manage this within the five-year window allowed for the expenditure of the PCAF grant. Thank you for your understanding.
A mandatory letter of support from your regional Provincial Fish and wildlife biologist is required. Without this letter your application will not be considered.
Once complete, please send the form and any attachments via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to:
Public Conservation Assistance Fund
#102 – 2957 Jutland Road Victoria, BC V8T 5J9
You will receive a response from us to confirm we have received your application by either email or phone (if you submitted by mail). If you do not receive an acknowledgement within a few days of emailing your application, please call Courtney Sieben (250.940.9781) to confirm that we have received it.
Once your PCAF project has been completed, a report is required which details the activities that were conducted. If you intend to apply for additional funds, a progress report must be submitted with your new application by the due date.
Note: You have a maximum of five (5) years for the implementation of the project and expenditure of the Grant. A final report and any unused funds must be returned within sixty (60) days of completion, termination or expiration of the allowable term.
Please fill out the above form and include any available photos documenting your project, news clippings, etc. as these are useful for displays, presentations and other public relations activities. Once complete, you can email your completed report to email@example.com or mail it to:
Public Conservation Assistance Fund
#102 – 2957 Jutland Road
Victoria, BC V8T 5J9