Community Conservation Action Program

We are excited to announce the continuation of the Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP)!

The application period for the 2024-2025 grant year is closed.

The WHC Board of Directors has committed up to $50K annually to continue to support small(er) organizations in making conservation achievements in their communities.


With the demand for conservation dollars becoming more and more competitive, WHC has been looking for a way to help smaller organizations access the funding that they need to make a difference in conservation within their local or regional community.

The CCAP is seeking applications for local and regional projects (FY 2024-2025) with funding asks of $1,000 – $10,000 that:

  • Connect Canadians with nature
  • Engage youth in conservation
  • Provide educational conservation programming


To maximize the time spent delivering your projects and making contribution achievements, this program has been designed to minimize the administrative burden. Less time filling out paperwork, more time out there making a difference.

Let’s get innovative and get Canadians outdoors, connecting with nature!


Project Eligibility

The 2024-2025 Grant Program launched July 24, 2023 and closed October 6, 2023

  • Eligible projects for expenditures between April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025.
  • Minimum 1:1 funding match ratio.

The 2025 – 2026 CCAP Grant Program applications will open summer 2024.

Applicant Eligibility

The CCAP grant program only considers applications from Canadian residents.

This includes:

  • Small(er) Canadian Organizations*;
  • Research, academic and educational institutions;
  • Indigenous organizations, associations, and community management boards;
  • Local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs.

*Small(er) Organizations to this program means local level, independent groups that are looking for funding opportunities to support new or innovative small-scale or pilot project programs.

Ineligible recipients include, but are not limited to:

  • International organizations or individuals;
  • For-profit organizations
  • Federal level organizations or individuals: Government employees, departments, agencies, and crown corporations.


Funding Guidelines

WHC CCAP Guidelines

  • Applicants must ensure that project implementation complies with all relevant legislation, regulations, licenses, permits, etc.
  • Funding request between $1,000 and $10,000.
  • Project delivery time-frame: April 1, 2024 – March 31, 2025.
  • Project must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio* (i.e., WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the Project Revenue).
  • Invasive Alien Species: Please note at this time, this program will not accept ongoing maintenance projects associated with IAS projects.
Grant Review Criteria

CCAP Application Review Criteria

Grant applications submitted by the October 6, 2023 deadline will be reviewed by Wildlife Habitat Canada Staff. Staff will select projects to receive funding, following a review of the suite of applications received.

Applications will be reviewed for completeness and considered based on well thought out and clear objectives, how well the project meets program criteria, demonstration of solid plans for evaluating project success, and innovative and collaborative elements.

Applicants will be contacted about the results of their applications prior to April 2024. It is anticipated that award notifications will be provided by February 2024.


Project Categories

Project Categories

The CCAP grant program will primarily consider projects that:

  • Connect Canadians with Nature
  • Engage Youth in Conservation
  • Provide Educational Conservation Programming

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Hunter Education/Recruitment,
  • Climate Change Initiatives,
  • Walking tours on protected properties.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Student Programming,
  • Youth Conservation Plan creation,
  • Habitat Litter Clean ups,
  • Interactive videos that engage youth.

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Habitat Conservation Education:
    • Species at Risk,
    • Alien Invasive Species,
    • Climate Change Education.

Application Process

Successful proponents are expected to enter into a signed funding agreement with WHC regarding the exchange of funds.




Dates and Deadlines
  • Call for Proposals: Coming summer 2024
  • Deadline for Applications: Fall 2024
  • Applications submitted for review to Board of Directors: late-January
  • Decision Letters to Applicants: mid-February
  • Project Dates: April 2025 to March 2026
  • Reporting periods:
    • Interim Reports due mid-September 2025
    • Final Reports due mid-March 2026
Submit your WHC application online

We’re online!

  • Application forms must be completed and submitted online.
  • Applicants will be prompted first to create a username and password.
  • You can add collaborators to your application if there are multiple people assisting you with your submission.
  • You can save your work at any point in time.

Applications are now closed. 2025 – 2026 applications will open summer 2024

Note: Any application forms submitted to WHC by email or mail will not be considered.

Important Reference Documents

Applicants must review the following prior to preparing and submitting an application:

  1. WHC Call for Projects for 2024-2025 (CCAP)
  2. 2024-2025 CCAP Sample Letter of Agreement

Questions? Get in touch.

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Funded Projects

Click here to view the projects we are currently supporting!

Community Conservation Action Program

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Northwest Territories

There are currently no CCAP projects in this area.


There are currently no CCAP projects in this area.


There are currently no CCAP projects in this area.

New Brunswick

There are currently no CCAP projects in this area.

Nova Scotia

There are currently no CCAP projects in this area.

Newfoundland and Labrador

There are currently no CCAP projects in this area.

Diane Griffin Community Conservation Award

WHC is happy to announce the launch of the Diane Griffin Community Conservation Award. The award will be presented annually to one of our successful CCAP projects for their outstanding work in Canadian conservation.