Community Conservation Action Program

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

The application period for the 2023-2024 grant year is now open!

The WHC Board of Directors has committed up to a total of $160K 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 approximately $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 2023-2024) 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!

Applicants

Project Eligibility

2023-2024: Call for Proposals for the Community Conservation Action Program

For the 2023-2024 Grant Program:

  • Call for Proposals will launch on July 29, 2022.
  • Eligible projects for expenditures between April 1, 2023 – March 31, 2024.
  • Minimum 1:1 funding match ratio.

The deadline to apply is October 14, 2022.

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, 2023 – March 31, 2024.
  • 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

CCAP Application Review Criteria

Grant applications submitted by the October 14, 2022 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 2023. It is anticipated that award notifications will be provided by February 2023.

 

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
Category #1: CONNECT CANADIANS WITH NATURE

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Hunter Education/Recruitment,
  • Climate Change Initiatives,
  • Walking tours on protected properties.
Category #2: ENGAGE YOUTH IN CONSERVATION

Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Student Programming,
  • Youth Conservation Plan creation,
  • Habitat Litter Clean ups,
  • Interactive videos that engage youth.
Category #3: EDUCATIONAL CONSERVATION PROGRAMMING

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: July 29, 2022
  • Deadline for Applications: October 14, 2022
  • Applications submitted for review to Board of Directors: late-January
  • Decision Letters to Applicants: mid-February
  • Project Dates: April 1, 2023 to March 31, 2024
  • Reporting periods:
    • Interim Reports due mid-September 2023
    • Final Reports due mid-March 2024
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.

The deadline to apply is October 14, 2022.

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 2023-2024 (CCAP)
  2. 2023-2024 CCAP Sample Letter of Agreement

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!