Grants

Wildlife Habitat Canada invests funds from the sale of the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print (CWHS) program to fund important and relevant conservation projects all over Canada.

What’s more, our matching funds component ensures that every dollar WHC invests is met with additional non-federal government backing. As a result, the projects we support are crucial to Canadian conservation initiatives and have provided roughly $150 million towards the cause.

The WHC mandate is to support applications that:

  • are relevant under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP);
  • positively impact regional and local habitats of other migratory game birds;
  • consider the Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.

WHC recognizes the importance of projects involving habitat conservation, restoration and enhancement for other wildlife (i.e. other than migratory game birds) and fish; however, these types of projects are not eligible for funding consideration under the Contribution Agreement between Environment and Climate Change Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.

Applicants

Project Eligibility

The deadline to apply for 2020-2021 project funding is Wednesday, October 16, 2019.

 

General rules and regulations

The WHC grant program only considers applications from Canadian residents.

This includes: 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.

Grant Review Criteria

All grant applications undergo a review process by the WHC Board of Directors.

The following guidelines are taken into account upon review:

  • 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 emphasize the following will be prioritized by the Board of Directors:

  • Support of the waterfowl hunting community’s role and contribution to wildlife and habitat conservation.
  • Promotion and advocacy of the importance of wildlife habitat conservation in Canada.
  • Lasting and long-term impacts on conservation.
  • Support of priority activities under the North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP).
  • Regional and local habitat projects of importance to other migratory game birds.
  • The Newfoundland and Labrador Murre Conservation Fund.
Funding Guidelines
  • Project implementation must comply with all relevant legislation, regulations, licenses, permits, etc.
  • One-year projects must be carried out between April 1st of the granting year and March 31st of the subsequent year. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the designated fiscal year.
  • Two-year projects must be carried out between April 1st of the granting year and March 31st two years following receipt of funds. If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the two designated fiscal years.
  • A minimum 1:1 funding match ratio* must clearly be demonstrated in the application. WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the project costs.  *Please note that funding from Government of Canada programs cannot be considered as match.
  • Cash and in-kind contributions must be confirmed with signed letters from the supporting partner. Letters to accompany the grant application form.  Should funding sources be anticipated but not confirmed at the time of application, please indicate clearly in the Financial Summary section of the grant application form.
  • The following activities are not eligible for grant funding from WHC:
    • Expenditures directly related to the acquisition of land or an interest in land, including a lease, conservation easement or conservation covenant;
    • A contribution to an endowment fund.
Two-year projects

For the 2020-2021 grant program, Wildlife Habitat Canada will consider submissions which are implemented over a two-year period. 
To be eligible, projects must:

  • Be carried out between April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2022.  If approved, WHC grant funds must be spent within the 2020-2022 fiscal years.
  • 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 two years are required to complete the project.  Examples would include infrastructure projects that 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

NOTE: Maintenance or ongoing projects are not eligible.

*New* Invasive Alien Species
  • Education, Awareness, Research, and Control

  • WHC will consider projects with activities that address invasive alien species (IAS) in accordance with the following guidelines:

Invasive Alien Species Eligibility Chart

To be eligible for funding, projects with IAS components must clearly demonstrate the eligibility of their activities based on the guidelines provided in the table above.

The focus will be on education and awareness, research, and long term, best practice eradication of IAS, for the future of conservation practices for wetlands/waterfowl/habitat.

*Education/awareness projects such as workshops, seminars, and public outreach initiatives.
*Demo site includes projects such as implementation of proven scientific methods in a practical setting.
*Research projects that promote new and innovative scientific methods to further knowledge on IAS.
*Initial Control projects such as early action into the invasive cycle for new found IAS sites.
*Maintenance projects such as maintaining the reduction of existing levels of IAS, without eradication in mind.

Grant Categories

The WHC grant program has four categories of funding, each of which is directed to projects that support different areas of conservation. To apply for a grant, click on the links from the designated category.

Category #1: 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.

Restrictions and guidelines 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).
Category #2: 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:

  • Long Point Waterfowl’s Lake St. Clair Initiative: Habitat Selection and Survival of American Black Ducks and Mallards during Autumn-Winter;
  • Assessing the ecological influences on the efficacy of benthic barriers to control yellow flag iris in high priority waterfowl habitats across British Columbia;
  • Understanding the dynamics of people’s interactions with waterfowl: Assessing hunter’s preferences for waterfowl management in Canada.

Restrictions and Guidelines 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.
  • applying for a grant through an academic institution, such as a college or university, must:
    • contact WHC before submitting the application if the academic institution requires an overhead expense be charged against the requested WHC grant funds;
    • ensure that the appropriate academic institution administrative office has reviewed the draft WHC Letter of Agreement before the application is submitted. If the grant application is successful, the academic institution will be expected to enter into an agreement substantially in accordance with the draft, as a requirement of grant eligibility; and,
    • provide a letter from the administrative office confirming that the draft WHC Letter of Agreement has been reviewed, including any comments or changes that may need to be considered if the grant application is successful. This letter must be attached to the application form when it is submitted to WHC.
Category #3: 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” This 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 and wetland conservation at events (Provincial hunting days);
  • Mentored waterfowl hunts/introduction to waterfowl hunting;
  • Public engagement in conservation activities/planning.

Restrictions and Guidelines

  • Applications must clearly outline the curriculum of the project.
  • Projects must 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?).
Category #4: 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.

Restrictions and Guidelines 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) also provides technical information for the committee. To be considered for funding, NL Murre Conservation Fund projects applying for a grant through an academic institution, such as a college or university, must:

  • contact WHC before submitting the application if the academic institution requires an overhead expense be charged against the requested NL Murre Conservation Fund grant funds.
  • ensure that the appropriate academic institution administrative office has reviewed the draft WHC Letter of Agreement before the application is submitted. If the grant application is successful, the academic institution will be expected to enter into an agreement substantially in accordance with the draft, as a requirement of grant eligibility; and,
  • provide a letter from the administrative office confirming that the draft WHC Letter of Agreement has been reviewed, including any comments or changes that may need to be considered if the grant application is successful. This letter must be attached to the application form when it is submitted to WHC.

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

Application Process

Environment and Climate Change Canada requires that all WHC grant applicants be advised of the reporting requirements found in the Grant Program Guidance Document prior to submitting an application. Our competitive grant program measures project results against established performance indicators to evaluate the effectiveness of the program.

Successful proponents are expected to enter into a signed agreement with WHC regarding the exchange of funds. All applicants are expected to review the draft Letter of Agreement prior to preparing and submitting an application.

Templates:

2020-2021 WHC Grant Application Template
2020-2021 WHC Project Budget Table, Application Template

 

 

 

Dates and Deadlines
  • Call for Proposals: End of July/August
  • Deadline for Applications: mid-October
  • Applications submitted for review to Board of Directors: January
  • Decision Letters to Applicants: February
  • Project Dates: April 1 to March 31
  • Reporting periods:
    • Interim Reports due mid-September
    • Final Reports due mid-March
Submit your WHC application online

NEW! Completed grant application forms for 2020-2021 should be submitted electronically via Wildlife Habitat Canada’s website in Microsoft Word or PDF format. When you are ready to submit your completed application, visit the application submission page, fill out the required fields, and upload your documents.

Important Reference Documents

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

  1. WHC Call for Proposals for 2020-2021
  2. Draft Letter of Agreement WHC
  3. Grant Program Guidance Document
  4. NAWMP Common Language Reference Document

What is NAWMP?

The North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) is an international partnership to conserve abundant and resilient waterfowl populations and sustainable landscapes, through management decisions based on strong biological foundations. The plan engages the community of users and supporters committed to conservation and valuing waterfowl.

The Joint Ventures

The Joint Ventures are partnerships that focus on areas or species of concern identified in the North American Waterfowl Management Plan. Each Joint Venture includes a range of partners from federal, provincial and local governments, to conservation organizations. Implementation and Strategic Plans form the basis for planning of programs and individual projects.

Habitat Joint Ventures

waterfowl population

“The four Canadian (or Canadian portion of the four) Habitat Joint Ventures integrate planning, science, governance, partnerships, and management to achieve NAWMP goals in Canada through a programmatic approach. A science-based implementation plan is created to address local, regional and continental goals. Joint Venture partners actively research, monitor and evaluate waterfowl populations, and deliver habitat conservation programs at a regional level.” – View Source »

 

View Canadian Habitat Joint Venture Implementation / Strategic Plans

Species Joint Ventures

swans

Species Joint Ventures are international in scope, spanning North America and including circumpolar countries. These joint ventures focus on critical science needs to inform the management of over 20 species (50+ populations) and their related habitats. Additionally, research directed through the species joint ventures addresses questions for other bird species that share the habitats.” – View Source »

 

View Species Joint Venture Implementation/Strategic Plans »

Questions? Get in touch.

Contact WHC

Current Grantees

  • Call for Proposals: End of July/August
  • Deadline for Applications: mid-October
  • Applications submitted for review to Board of Directors: January
  • Decision Letters to Applicants: February
  • Project Dates: April 1 to March 31
  • Reporting periods:
    • Interim Reports due mid-September
    • Final Reports due mid-March

SUBMIT YOUR WHC REPORT ONLINE

NEW! Completed reports should be submitted electronically via Wildlife Habitat Canada’s website in Microsoft Word format. When you are ready to submit your completed report, visit the Report Submission page, fill out the required fields and upload your documents. 

SUBMIT YOUR WHC REPORT ONLINE

NEW! Completed reports should be submitted electronically via Wildlife Habitat Canada’s website in Microsoft Word or Fill-able PDF format. When you are ready to submit your completed report, visit the Report Submission page, fill out the required fields and upload your documents. 

INTERIM REPORT TEMPLATES

 

Current Projects

We have supported over 1,500 wildlife habitat conservation projects across Canada and have provided over $55 million in funding. Since 2012 alone we have helped to restore, enhance and conserve 1.3 million acres of wildlife habitat.

At WHC, we believe in the fundamental importance of wildlife habitats that are abundant, rich and support biodiversity. As a result, we fund projects that are making headway in conservation initiatives in habitat management, conservation networking and wildlife research.

Every year we send out a call for applications for conservation groups to submit their requests for funding. Our project timeline coincides with the fiscal year (April 1 to March 31).

Click here to view projects we are currently supporting »

Interactive Map of WHC Projects Across Canada

Click on each of the provinces to learn about projects that we have supported across Canada » » »

map of canada
Yukon British Columbia Northwest Territories Alberta Nunavut Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario Quebec New Brunswick Nova Scotia Prince Edward Island Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Projects National Projects

Yukon

There are currently no Wildlife Habitat Canada grants for conservation projects in this territory.

Northwest Territories

There are currently no Wildlife Habitat Canada grants for conservation projects in this territory.

Nunavut

There are currently no Wildlife Habitat Canada grants for conservation projects in this territory.

Prince Edward Island

National Projects