Tue, 22 Feb 2022

Now Accepting Habitat Acquisition Grant Applications

Ryan River Misty Morning by Fernando Lessa

The Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) is now accepting applications for the Habitat Acquisition Grant. Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s online application system by 4:30pm on April 15, 2022 (PST).

Each year, the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provides approximately $500,000 in Land Acquisition grants to help fund acquisition projects that secure and manage conservation properties in British Columbia. One such project was the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Ryan River Conservation Area. This 87 hectare (214 acres) property in the Pemberton Valley was secured in 2020 and protects an ecologically important river system. The recent flooding activity across the province has demonstrated the importance of maintaining naturalized riverbanks that improve ecological resilience in these vital habitats. By conserving wetlands and forest vegetation along a 2 kilometer stretch of the Ryan River this conservation effort will help to maintain the stability of the riverbank while providing vital food and habitat for both fish and wildlife species. For proponents interested to apply for a Habitat Acquisition grant, please refer to HCTF’s updated Priority statement.

For 2022, HCTF will prioritize acquisition applications that seek to increase conservation outcomes for fish, wildlife, and their habitats, provide access for a variety of uses such as hunting, fishing, and non-motorized recreation and fit one or more of the following criteria:

  • Contribute to the conservation of wetland or grassland habitats.
  • Increase connectivity to adjacent protected lands or important habitats to further build complexes of intact habitat.
  • Contribute to the conservation of habitats near urban settings to increase opportunities to connect people to nature.
  • Demonstrate resiliency to climate change and/or address stressors linked to climate change impacts.

Apply Here

Please visit our FAQ Page to find useful tips and guidance for the online Survey Apply system. Please note that HCTF cannot accept applications submitted by email.

For questions related to the Habitat Acquisition Grant, please contact Barb von Sacken at bvonsacken@hctf.ca or 250-940-3013.