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118 Projects Approved 2018-2019
33 Coastal Region Projects 2018-2019
55 Columbia Region Projects 2018-2019
30 Peace Region Projects 2018-2019
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Peace Region grant applicants: Mandatory Notice of Intent is due Friday, September 7, 2018, at 5 p.m. PDT
All grant applications are due by Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. PDT.Apply now
Our three regional boards – Coastal, Columbia, and Peace – approved funding for 118 fish and wildlife projects, valued at approximately $10 million, for 2018-2019. Each project went through a three-stage review and evaluation process prior to a final decision by our local Boards. Each project addresses one or more conservation priorities in our Action Plans. See our project map. Visit our inter-active project maps for our Coastal, Columbia and Peace regions.
Learn more about why we’re funded by BC Hydro, the projects we fund, and how you can apply for a grant, by reading our FAQ’s below. Subscribe and we will keep you posted on project updates, results, grant deadlines and FWCP events. Final reports and results for all FWCP projects are posted online.
Our annual intake of grant applications opens in August, 2018. Grant applications are due Friday, October 26, 2018.
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of B.C, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and Public Stakeholders to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by existing BC Hydro dams.
The FWCP was established to compensate for impacts to fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitat, resulting from the construction of existing BC Hydro dams.
BC Hydro has water licence obligations in the Columbia and Peace regions, and has made voluntary commitments to address the impacts of dams in the Coastal Region. BC Hydro fulfills the applicable obligations through the work of the FWCP.
The FWCP is funded annually by BC Hydro. The FWCP directs those funds towards projects that address priority actions across its three regions to fulfill its mission, and work towards its vision of thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.
We fund projects that align with our Action Plans, which reflect regional conservation priorities and priority actions. An independent Board in each region reviews all grant applications and project funding decisions. Our Boards include representatives from BC Hydro, the Province of B.C., Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders.
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) conserves and enhances fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams. The FWCP is funded annually by BC Hydro. The FWCP directs those funds towards priority actions across its three regions to fulfill its mission and work towards its vision of thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.
By funding projects to support fish and wildlife populations in our Coastal, Columbia and Peace Regions, the FWCP is fulfilling BC Hydro’s applicable water licence obligations and voluntary commitments to compensate for fish and wildlife impacts.
We fund and support the following types of actions, which are consistent with our mandate:
We do not fund or support the following activities, which are beyond our mandate:
All grant applications are due Friday, October 26, 2018 at 5 p.m. PDT. All grant applicants must apply online at fwcp.ca/apply-for-funding. We do not accept grant applications by email or Canada Post.
If you are applying for a grant in our Peace Region, you must have submitted a mandatory Notice of Intent by Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5 p.m. PDT.
Actions identified in our Action Plans are eligible for an FWCP grant. Our Action Plans define priority actions for each watershed or sub-region, and reflect our mission, geographic scope, and three strategic objectives:
The Action Plans also provide important context about hydro-generating facilities, information gaps, limiting factors, and other information to characterize the watershed or sub-region.
Within our Action Plans, priority actions are grouped by five broad types:
Our Action Plans also identify how important each action is to us (i.e. priority #1, #2, or #3). A priority #1 action will score higher than a priority #2 or #3 action, when grant applications are evaluated. Actions identified as “directed” are not eligible for a grant. These are projects that our regional Boards will direct through a separate request for proposal process. Do not submit a grant application for a “directed” project. Contact us if you are not sure.
Grant applications for projects that do not clearly address a priority action identified in an Action Plan will not be considered for an FWCP grant.
Any group, government agency, First Nation, business, or individual that can meet our mandatory requirements (e.g. WorkSafeBC and commercial general liability insurance) is eligible to receive an FWCP grant. In the past, First Nations, municipal, provincial, or federal agencies, stewardship groups, consultants, and educational institutions have been approved for FWCP grants.
We offer three different grants for fish and wildlife projects.
Our Seed Grant is available if you have a project idea and need financial support to further develop it before submitting a Large Grant application. Seed Grant funding is intended to offset costs to fill information gaps, explore project feasibility, and prepare technical information. Up to a maximum of $5,000 is available from the FWCP. See below for details on how a Comox Valley Seed Grant helped launch important habitat restoration work.
Our Small Grant is available for projects that align with our Action Plans and have a total project cost of less than $20,000. The total project cost includes funding from all sources including, but not limited to, the FWCP, other funders (if any), the total value of all in-kind contributions (if any), and applicable taxes. Your Small Grant application does not require a written project proposal.
Our Large Grant is available for projects that align with our Action Plans and have a total project cost of more than $20,000. The total project cost includes funding from all sources including, but not limited to, the FWCP, other funders (if any), and the total value of all in-kind contributions (if any), and applicable taxes. Your Large Grant application must include a written project proposal (maximum six pages).
It’s easy to apply for an FWCP grant:
Contact us anytime if you have questions.
Our annual intake of grant applications is now open. Grant applications are due Friday, October 26, 2018.
Subscribe at fwcp.ca/subscibe and we will keep you posted.
Regional priorities and/or requirements for 2018 grant intake vary slightly. See below.
Review our Coastal Region Action Plans
Action Plans for the 14 watersheds that make up our Coastal Region are now online. These Action Plans identify our conservation priorities and actions eligible for an FWCP grant.
2018 Coastal Region priorities
The Coastal Region Board is interested in funding priority actions in each of the 14 watersheds that make up our Coastal Region, especially actions identified as priority #1.
Submit letters of support for Large Grants
Mandatory letters of support are required for all Large Grant applications (i.e. projects with a total cost of more than $20,000). A letter of support is required from:
Letters of support for Seed or Small Grants are optional and may be used to strengthen your grant application.
Applying for a fish passage project?
If you are applying for a grant to evaluate opportunities to improve fish passage and restore fish production above BC Hydro facilities, you are required to work through the Fish Passage Decision Framework. Grant applicants are encouraged to contact BC Hydro at email@example.com for support in working through the Fish Passage Decision Framework.
Contact us if you are proposing a project near select reservoirs
If you are proposing a project in the Ash, Campbell, Jordan, or Puntledge River watersheds, you MUST contact our Coastal Region Manager, Julie Fournier, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-528-7998, prior to submitting your grant application. There are large private land holdings in each of these watersheds, and as a result there is an additional project screening process.
Projects must be within our Coastal Region watersheds
We fund projects to be delivered within the boundaries of the 14 watersheds that make up our Coastal Region.
Regional priorities and/or requirements for 2018 grant intake vary slightly. See below.
The FWCP’s Columbia Region Board is encouraging grant applications for proposed projects that align with its Action Plans and result in “on-the-ground” or “in-stream” restoration and enhancement. Grant applications that address one or more of the Columbia Region priorities outlined below will receive additional points during the evaluation process.
Follow our guidance for fisheries projects in our Columbia Region
If you are proposing a fisheries project in our Columbia Region, please review the Columbia Region Annual Ongoing Fisheries Program Five-Year Plan (2018 – 2023) to ensure your proposal does not duplicate activities already planned. Applications for projects that duplicate the FWCP’s annual and ongoing fisheries projects will not be considered for funding.
Letters of support are optional
Letters of support from a government agency, First Nation, or stakeholder/community group are optional for Columbia Region grant applicants. However, they can be used to strengthen your grant application.
Projects must be within our Columbia Region
We fund projects to be delivered within the boundaries of our Columbia Region, which includes the Canadian portion of the Columbia River Basin, plus our wildlife extension area (northwest of Valemount). The Canadian portion of the Flathead River Basin is not part of our Columbia Region.
Regional priorities and/or requirements for 2018 grant intake vary slightly. See below.
Submit your mandatory Notice of Intent by September 7, 2018
If you are applying for a fish or wildlife grant in our Peace Region, you must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) by Friday, September 7, 2018, by 5 p.m. PDT.
The NOI is an important part of our commitment to First Nations. It helps inform First Nations about your proposed project, and is the basis for identifying opportunities for First Nations’ perspectives and involvement in your project. The NOI helps our Peace Region Manager, Chelsea Coady, provide you with additional guidance before completing your grant application.
Follow our guidance for contacting First Nations
Your NOI will be reviewed by our First Nations Working Group and you will receive notice by email advising you to contact specific First Nations in our Peace Region to discuss your proposed project.
When you hear back from your First Nations’ contacts, use these points to guide your next discussion:
When completing your online grant application, you will be required to indicate the level of First Nation involvement in your project.
Follow our guidance for Arctic Grayling projects
The FWCP funds Arctic Grayling projects that align with our 2017 Arctic Grayling synthesis report and monitoring framework. These documents identify high-priority information gaps and monitoring needs related to Arctic Grayling. These monitoring needs must be undertaken prior to funding on-the-ground conservation and enhancement projects, and include:
Grant applications for projects to conserve and enhance Arctic Grayling in our Peace Region must align with our Streams Action Plan (Actions 1b-3 and 1b-4), and the monitoring needs in the synthesis report and monitoring framework.
Letters of support are optional
Letters of support from a government agency, First Nation, or stakeholder/community group are optional for Peace Region grant applicants. They are encouraged and can be used to strengthen your grant application.
Follow our guidance for fish passage restoration projects
The Peace Region Board acknowledges that fish passage restoration projects are a significant investment, therefore, the Board encourages grant applications for restoration projects where an initial investment (e.g. initial planning and assessment phases) has occurred and/or where investment by others is demonstrated.
Grant applications for fish passage restoration projects should consider and demonstrate the following:
Projects must occur within, or relate to, our Peace Region
We fund projects to be delivered within the boundaries of our Peace Region. We may fund projects that only partially overlap with our region boundary if the project is related to a species that moves across the regional boundary (e.g. caribou herds). Additionally, projects with a strong community engagement or stewardship and education focus could have some, but not all, project components outside of our regional boundary. These projects must still demonstrate they are addressing a priority action in a Peace Region Action Plan.
Overview of online grant applications and the questions you will be required to answer.
Project summary: project title, project summary statement, and project urgency.
Project details: species that will benefit, detailed project description.
Applicant information: proponent organization, project contact, signing authority, add collaborators, project partners, project volunteers.
Project location information: location description, project coordinates (latitude and longitude).
Alignment with Action Plan(s): primary Action Plan, primary project type, priority action, how will project address priority action, secondary Action Plan alignment.
Single or multi-year project: define project duration, and provide overview of project achievements and challenges for ongoing multi-year projects.
Project phases: start-up, fieldwork, data entry and analysis, draft reporting, community engagement, final reporting.
Benefits: benefits to fish or wildlife, benefits to First Nations, stakeholders, and/or communities.
Permits and approval: BC Hydro-owned lands, proximity to BC Hydro facility, landowners, required permits, and approvals.
Budget: labour expenses, materials/equipment/transportation and field expenses, other funding sources, total project cost, total FWCP grant requested.
Funding: is this a resubmission of a previously “not approved” application? Have you previously received FWCP funding?
Proposal and letters of support
Project proposal, letters of support (see regional requirements and/ or priorities).
Project contact experience: experience and credentials.
Other team members experience: roles, credentials/qualification.
Action Plan alignment
We fund projects that align with our Action Plans. When completing your online grant application you will have to identify which Action Plan(s) your proposed project aligns with (i.e. a primary and optional secondary Action Plan, not objectives or sub-objectives).
We recognize that your project idea may align with several Action Plans and priority actions. Contact us if you are not sure and want to discuss aligning your project idea with our Action Plan priorities.
A multi-year project is a project that will span more than one fiscal year before being complete.
You can only apply for one year of project funding at a time, even if your proposed project will span multiple years. You must apply for funding annually for proposed multi-year projects.
Approval of annual FWCP funding for a multi-year project does not guarantee FWCP funding in future years.
In the project information part of the grant application, you’ll be asked to outline the details and timelines for work that will occur in five project phases:
Our grant application will provide you with an online budget template to complete.
Total project value/cost
Total project cost includes funding from all sources (including, but not limited to, the FWCP), as well as the value of in-kind and volunteer contributions and all applicable taxes.
Submit a written proposal with your Large Grant application
A written proposal (maximum six pages) is mandatory for all Large Grant applicants.
The written proposal should include background and context for the proposed project, the risks of proceeding with the project, literature cited, and accurate and functioning links to online sources. Optional photos and/or a map of the project site are encouraged.
Letters of support
Three letters of support are mandatory in the Coastal Region for large grant applications.
Three letters of support are encouraged in the Columbia and Peace Regions, but they are not mandatory.
Letters of support (three in total) should be from each of the following:
The three letters should clearly indicate their support for the project and how the project is relevant to the author.
We request information about the credentials, qualifications, and roles of key project team members that will participate in the proposed project. The FWCP no longer collects résumés from team members during the initial submission of your grant application. We may ask for résumés as a condition for approval.
All grant applications go through a three-stage review process that ends with a final decision by each Regional Board about proposed projects in each of our three regions.
Stage 1 Review by Regional Manager
Each FWCP regional manager reviews grant applications to ensure they are complete and in alignment with priority actions in our Action Plans.
In our Peace Region, the First Nations Working Group (FNWG) reviews all Notices of Intent (NOI) received by the September 7, 2018 5 p.m. PDT, deadline. When this review is complete, the regional manager will advise all Peace Region grant applicants which First Nations they are expected to contact about the proposed project and any other applicable regional guidance.
Stage 2 Review by technical committees and First Nations Working Group
Fish and wildlife technical committees in each region review each grant application for technical merit. In our Peace Region, the First Nations Working Group also evaluates grant applications for inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge, incorporation of First Nation cultural values, and involvement of First Nations in the proposed project, where appropriate.
Results from the technical committees and First Nations Working Group (Peace Region) review are provided to each Board to assist in their review and final decision-making in Stage 3.
Stage 3 Review by Board members
The three regional Boards review each grant application for projects proposed in their region. The Boards consider the results of all Stage 2 evaluations and make final decisions on which grant applications will be approved with conditions. The regional Boards evaluate the grant applications and are responsible for all project and funding decisions in each region.
How are grant applications evaluated?
During Stage 2 of our review process, the FWCP’s fish and wildlife Technical Committees in each region review all grant applications and evaluate them for:
In our Peace Region, our First Nations Working Group also reviews each grant application at Stage 2 and evaluates each one for:
During Stage 3 of our review process, our Regional Boards review each grant application and consider the results of other evaluations, their evaluation of the grant application, and the balancing of priorities including, but not limited to, the:
The Boards’ review and evaluation considers each grant application relative to the FWCP’s strategic objectives: conservation, sustainable use, and community engagement. Board members in each region review all grant applications and evaluate them for:
All grant applicants will be notified of Board decisions by March 2019.
If your grant application is approved, you will be notified in writing of all conditions that must be fulfilled before finalizing a contribution agreement, starting work on your proposed project, and receiving the first payment instalment. The conditions are determined by the regional Boards, and vary by grant application and proposed project.
All approved grant applicants will be required to fulfil our mandatory requirements (e.g. WorkSafeBC and general commercial liability coverage).
Read our information kit for approved grant applicants. It will be revised and posted online prior to notifying grant applicants about our Boards’ funding decisions in February 2019. Contact us anytime.
Our Community Engagement Grant is typically $500 to $1,000 and helps stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.
We’re sharing a few sources of environmental funding here, but we know there are many more. Please share your funding sources with us so we can share them with others who are also working to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife.