The NHCP-LTCF Large Grants Program is accepting applications!

In December 2022, Environment and Climate Change Canada announced the extension of the Natural Heritage Conservation Program (NHCP). WHC is pleased and honoured to partner with Canadian land trusts, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ducks Unlimited Canada through an extended NHCP. These partners will work to protect an additional 180,000 hectares by 2026.

To effectively work in the name of Canadian land trusts, WHC will partner with the Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts (ACLT) on the Land Trusts Conservation Fund (LTCF) component of the NHCP 2023-2026. WHC and the ACLT are hopeful for the future of the NHCP-LTCF program. We look forward to building on the demonstrated success of the NHCP-LTCF 2019-2023 and further solidifying the NHCP program as a great foundation for Canadian conservation.


  • The NHCP will invest $18 million into the LTCF program over the course of 2023-2026.
  • $27 million is anticipated to be raised as non-federal match.
  • Since 2019 the LTCF program has delivered:
    • $13 million in LTCF funds to land trust conservation projects nationwide.
    • Raised over $51 million in other non-federal contributions, resulting in the investment of over $64 million in protecting private lands.
    • Supported 34 land trusts, complete 92 projects in 7 provinces.
    • Protected over 9K hectares of habitat, benefiting more than 70 species at risk.
    • Engaged over 700 volunteers in great conservation work.

The NHCP-LTCF Large Grants Program will be accepting applications from March 15, 2023 @ 8pm EST until April 17, 2023 @ 8pm EST. The guidelines are available online at Please read to see if the LTCF can help support your project(s)! Contact WHC with any questions on eligibility and the program guidelines. Contact your local land trust alliance for capacity building support.

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