Program to fund Conservation Projects all over Canada

Deadline: 16 October 2019

Wildlife Habitat Canada is supporting conservation projects all over Canada through its grant program.

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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.

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.


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  1. 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.
  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.
  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.
  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.

Eligibility Criteria

  • 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.
  • 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.

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

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