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Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF) Grant

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Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation (HCTF) - Public Conservation Assistance Fund (PCAF)

Deadline Date:

05/13/22 4:30 PM PST


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Grants of up to $10,000 per year to British Columbia organizations and individuals for conservation projects. Potential applicants are advised that required letters must be obtained prior to applying. Funding is intended to support projects that protect or restore fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.

PCAF proposals must align with HCTF’s trust purposes as described in the Wildlife Act. PCAF projects must focus on activities that maintain, conserve, or restore native (indigenous) fish and wildlife species and their habitats. Projects that have long-range benefits, involve many volunteers, offer opportunities for organizational capacity building, raise community awareness and that are involved in conservation are preferred.

Some examples of PCAF projects and activities that have been funded include:

  • Building and installing bird nest boxes
  • Planting shrubs 
  • Tagging/monitoring animals
  • Restoring riparian areas
  • Restoring grasslands
  • Building waterfowl nesting floats and boxes
  • Fencing to protect sensitive or restored areas
  • Improving habitat for freshwater fishes
  • Replanting forage species for ungulates to improve winter range

For other considerations, see:

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GrantWatch ID#: 181039

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

- In general, applicants may apply for a maximum of $10,000 in any one year.
- The maximum funding for a multi-year project is $20,000 over the lifespan of the project
- A one-time only grant not exceeding $5,000 may be given to wildlife rehabilitation centers towards startup costs.

Term of Contract:

PCAF funds must be used within five years of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals.

Preference will be given to projects where no more than 25% of the total PCAF request is going to a single expert (multiple experts may be acceptable with sufficient rationale). Note that regular wages for project coordinators are not eligible for PCAF funding.

With the exception of non-profit conservation organizations, landowners are not eligible to submit applications for work on their own lands.

Some types of projects or activities are ineligible for PCAF funding, including but not limited to:
- Lecture series or conventions
- Photographic or film documentaries
- Promotion of business opportunities
- Activities required for ongoing maintenance
- Payment of wages (except for contracted equipment or special expertise required in the field, e.g., a biologist, restoration specialist, etc.). See table, here: for more information on special expertise.
- Vehicle mileage (Note that fuel costs can be covered)
- Salmon-only or marine projects that do not demonstrate clear benefits to freshwater species or their habitats
- Administrative costs (ex. rent, utilities, etc.)
- Hatchery activities
- Design costs for newsletters and websites (printing costs for newsletters are eligible)
- Routine courses such as First Aid, Small Vessel Operation, etc.

PCAF does not fund work that has already started on a project, that is, proposals or project activities will not be funded retroactively.

Regular wages for project coordinators are not eligible for PCAF funding.

PCAF does not fund feed, veterinarian services and/or the purchase of medicine.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted through HCTF’s online application system by 4:30 pm on Friday May 13, 2022 (PST).

Mandatory! A support letter from your regional Provincial fish and wildlife biologist (i.e., Ministry of Environment (MOE) or Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) or other appropriate land manager (i.e., federal or First Nations land) is required with your PCAF application. Without this letter your application will not be considered.

Unlike other HCTF granting streams, PCAF requires a 1:1 match. Volunteer hours are calculated at a rate of $15.00 per hour. To be eligible for PCAF, at least half (50%) of your matching funds MUST come from the volunteer labor.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Any questions about the application process can be directed to Lisa Wielinga at

PO Box 9354
Unit 102 – 2957 Jutland Road
Victoria, BC V8T 5J9

Phone and Fax:
Victoria: (250) 940-9786
Toll Free: 1-800-387-9853 ext 4
Fax: (250) 590-6614

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