Project Eligibility

Only Canadian residents are eligible recipients and include: not-for-profit organizations; indigenous organizations, associations and wildlife management boards; research, academic and educational institutions; for profit organizations such as small businesses, companies, corporations, and industry associations; local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs; and, provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments and their agencies.  

Ineligible recipients include, but are not limited to: international organizations or individuals; and, government employees, departments, agencies and crown corporations at the federal level.


In recognition of the fact that the purchase of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp by waterfowl hunters is the primary source of funding for Wildlife Habitat Canada’s grant program, within its available budget, Wildlife Habitat Canada will primarily support projects involving the participation of multiple partners that:

  • Support the priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).
  • Support regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds.
  • Support the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.

To be considered for grant funding, the project:

  • proponent must ensure that project implementation complies with all relevant legislation, regulations, licenses, permits, etc.
  • one-year grants must be carried out between April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2019. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the 2018-2019 fiscal year.
  • two-year grants must be carried out between April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the 2018-2020 fiscal year.
  • must clearly demonstrate a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio* in 2018-2019 fiscal year (i.e., WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the Project Revenue). *Funding from Government of Canada programs cannot be considered as match.
  • must include letters confirming cash and in-kind contributions to the project, signed by the supporting partner. These letters must accompany the submission of the grant application form. If specific funding sources are anticipated but not confirmed, this should be clearly noted in the Financial Summary section of the grant application form.
  • must not be seeking WHC grant funds 1) for expenditures directly related to the acquisition of land or an interest in land, including a lease, conservation easement or conservation covenant; or, 2) as a contribution to an endowment fund. These activities are not eligible for grant funding under the Contribution Agreement between Environment and Climate Change Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada and must be funded by another revenue source.


For the 2018-2019 Grant Program (only), Wildlife Habitat Canada will consider submissions which are implemented over a 2 year period. To be eligible, projects must:

  • Must be carried out between April 1, 2018 – March 31, 2020. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the 2018-2020 fiscal years.
  • Maintenance or ongoing projects are not eligible.
  • Have clear milestones and deliverables in both years, and a minimum of 1:1 match in both the first and second year.
  • Demonstrate a clear rationale as to why 2 years are required to complete the project. Examples would include infrastructure projects which require detailed planning and approvals in the first year and construction in the second year: research projects requiring two years to complete, or projects with a pilot or “proof-of-concept” phase in year one.
  • Fully complete their grant application form for both years as per grant application instructions.

The WHC Grant program has four categories of funding, each of which is directed to projects that support different areas of conservation. There is a separate grant application form for each grant type.

Habitat Conservation Grants

Habitat Conservation, Restoration or Enhancement Projects

Projects under this category focus on direct, on-the-ground activities that:

  • address North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) conservation priorities, as outlined in the Habitat Joint Venture Implementation Plans, including conservation, restoration, protection and enhancement of habitat in priority areas; or
  • support habitat conservation for other important migratory game birds.

Examples of project activities that would fall under this grant category:

  • creation, restoration or enhancement of wetland habitat;
  • natural vegetation planting;
  • construction and installation of Hen Houses or nest boxes;
  • installation of livestock exclusion fencing;
  • removal of invasive species;
  • wetland inventory mapping; …etc.

NOTE: For infrastructure repair / re-build projects (e.g., water level control structure repairs or replacement), WHC will consider projects that:

  • increase wetland acres and/or improve the ecological integrity of affected acres; and,
  • address long term maintenance needs for infrastructure (which do not rely on any future WHC funding).

Research Grants

Projects under this category focus on furthering the understanding of waterfowl and/or habitat conservation in priority areas or the NAWMP human dimensions component.

Examples of research projects that have received grant funding in the past:


NOTE: To be considered for funding, Research projects require a letter of support from the scientific or technical committee of the associated North American Waterfowl Management Plan Habitat (or Species) Joint Venture in Canada. This letter of support must be attached to the application form when it is submitted to WHC.

Conservation Networking Grants

Wetland Education, Hunter Education, Hunter Recruitment projects

Projects under this category address the NAWMP goals and priorities of the human dimensions component, “Growing numbers of waterfowl hunters, other conservationists and citizens who enjoy and actively support waterfowl and wetlands habitat conservation.” Includes:

  • wetland educational programs/workshops;
  • waterfowl hunter education and/or recruitment programs/workshops;
  • projects that advance regional or national stewardship.

Examples of project activities that would fall under this category:

  • Promoting waterfowl hunting an wetland conservation at events (Provincial hunting Days);
  • Mentored waterfowl hunts / introduction to waterfowl hunting;
  • Public engagement in conservation activities / planning;…etc.

NOTE: To be considered for funding, Networking projects must:

  • clearly outline the curriculum of the program; and,
  • include a follow up component (planned future activities) to demonstrate how the benefits of the program will be sustained in future years and to evaluate the success of the program (e.g., are new hunters continuing to actively hunt after the program?).

Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants

Projects under this category support Murre conservation activities and management, including those that:

  • Assess Murre breeding populations, productivity, survival, harvests and other mortality factors;
  • Facilitate Murre hunting stewardship and wildlife conservation to ensure that the Murre populations are sustained; or
  • Involve other Murre habitat conservation activities and events.

NOTE: grant applications under this category are reviewed by the NL Murre Conservation Fund Steering Committee, made up of representatives from Bird Studies Canada, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (Department of Environment and Conservation), and Wildlife Habitat Canada. A representative from the Atlantic Region of the Canadian Wildlife Service (Department of Environment and Climate Change) will also provide technical information for the committee.

NOTE: Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund Grants are currently not eligible for multi-year grants.


Other requirements taken into account by the WHC Board of Directors when reviewing grant funding applications include:

  • Projects that contribute to an equitable geographic distribution of WHC support across Canada.
  • The involvement of multiple funding partners.
  • Assurance that WHC funds will be used for project related activities within the specified fiscal timeframe.
  • No single partner will receive more than 20% of the total available WHC grant funding in a given year.
  • Projects that support the waterfowl hunting community’s role and contribution to wildlife and habitat conservation.
  • Projects that promote and advocate the importance of wildlife habitat in Canada.
  • Projects with a lasting and long-term conservation impact.
  • Research project applications must include a letter of support from the scientific or technical committee of the associated North American Waterfowl Management Plan Habitat (or Species) Joint Venture in Canada.