The Arctic Species Conservation Fund supports high-quality stewardship and research initiatives focused on wildlife and habitats in the Canadian Arctic. WWF-Canada relies on partnerships with Indigenous peoples and the best available information to jointly advocate for policies and legislation that are effective for the conservation of the Arctic environment.
The types of projects the fund seeks to support include:
- Indigenous Protected and Conserved Area projects at any stage of development
- Initiatives that enable communities to participate in Land Use Planning, Environmental Impact Assessments, Strategic Environmental Assessments, Species at Risk listing processes etc.
- Studies on the resilience of Arctic habitats
- Projects that demonstrate the potential of economic opportunities for northern communities through conservation programming
- Nature Based Solutions projects seeking to identify, restore or protect areas of carbon storage
- Understanding the effects of underwater noise, ice breaking and oil spill events on marine mammals
- Understanding the impacts of ship-based contaminants (black carbon, grey water, heavy metals, invasive species, microplastics, scrubbers etc.) on marine mammals and Arctic marine habitats
- Research furthering the understanding of the effects of roads, development sites and other forms of disturbance on caribou and their habitats
- Identification and characterization of critical habitat for caribou
- Development and implementation of methods to reduce human-polar bear conflict in communities
Applicants can request up to $20,000.00 CAD per year.
Applicants from all backgrounds (community groups, Hunters and Trappers Organizations, governments, universities, independent researchers, non-government organizations, etc.) and fields of study (Indigenous Knowledge, Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit, natural sciences, social sciences, etc.) are eligible to apply. Projects can take place anywhere across northern Canada.
For more information, visit https://wwf.ca/take-action/apply-for-funding/arctic-species-conservation-fund/