Community Conservation Action Program

We are excited to announce a new grant program pilot project: the Community Conservation Action Program (CCAP)!

The deadline to apply for the 2022-2023 grant year has closed.

The WHC Board of Directors has committed up to a total of $150K over a 3-year period to provide support to 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.

We are pleased to introduce this 3-year program, which will invest up to $50K/year in grassroots efforts to connect Canadians with nature and deliver conservation achievements on-the-ground.

The CCAP is seeking applications for local and regional projects (FY 2021-2022) 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

CCAP Project Information: Call for Projects for 2022-2023

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
  • 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, 2022 – March 31, 2023.
  • Project must demonstrate a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio* (i.e., WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the Project Revenue). *Funding from Government of Canada programs cannot be considered as match.
  • Invasive Alien Species: Please note at this time, this program will not accept ongoing maintenance projects associated with IAS projects.
Grant Review Criteria

Grant applications submitted by the October 11, 2021 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 2022. It is anticipated that award notifications will be provided by February 2022.

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: End of July/August
  • Deadline for Applications: mid-October  (October 11, 2021)
  • Decision Letters to Applicants: February
  • Project Dates: April 1 to March 31
  • Reporting periods:
    • Interim Check in mid-September
    • Final Reports due mid-March
Submit your WHC application online

NEW! We’ve moved online!

  • Application forms must be completed and submitted online.
  • First time applicants will be prompted to create a username and password.
  • The application form can be saved at any point, so you can work on it piece by piece!
  • You can invite a collaborator to assist you in completing your application form. Using this function allows the person you select in time during the completion of the form.

The deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

Important Reference Documents

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

  1. WHC Call for Projects for 2022-2023 (CCAP)

Questions? Get in touch.

Contact WHC

Current Projects

We look forward to supporting small(er) organizations to get projects off the ground and running.  Stay tuned for our success stories!

We look forward to updating this section, after the first year of funding successful projects!