118 Projects Approved 2018-2019
33 Coastal Region Projects 2018-2019
55 Columbia Region Projects 2018-2019
30 Peace Region Projects 2018-2019
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.
If your grant application was approved, please prepare for the next steps. Read our information kit for grant recipients.
Learn more about why we’re funded by BC Hydro, the projects we fund and how you can apply for a grant. Read our FAQ 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.
The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is a partnership between BC Hydro, the Province of British Columbia, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations, and Public Stakeholders. Our mission is to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife in watersheds impacted by BC Hydro dams.
In our Columbia and Peace regions, BC Hydro’s water licences require BC Hydro to compensate for the impacts of its dams and generating stations. In our Coastal Region, compensating for the impacts of BC Hydro dams and generating stations is a voluntary initiative by BC Hydro in recognition of the impacts.
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 approves all project and funding decisions. Our Boards include representatives from BC Hydro, the Province of BC, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, First Nations and Public Stakeholders.
Each year, BC Hydro provides funding to our three regions: Coastal, Columbia, and Peace. Through our annual intake of grant applications, as well as other funding mechanisms, we provide funding to deliver fish and wildlife projects within our mandate in each of our three regions. In 2017-2018, our local boards approved $9.4 million for 102 fish and wildlife projects across the Province of BC.
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:
Actions identified in our Action Plans are eligible for an FWCP grant.
Our Action Plans define priority actions for the 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.
Our priority actions are grouped by five broad action types in the Action Plans:
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 request for proposal. 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 an 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 insurance requirements (e.g. WorkSafe BC 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. You can apply for each of these grants online at https://fwcp.smartsimple.ca when the grant intake opens in your region.
In addition to these three, annual fish and wildlife grants, we offer smaller Community Engagement Grants year-round, until the annual funding is allocated. Learn more about these grants (typically $500 – $1,000) by contacting a Regional Manager.
$5,000 is the maximum Seed Grant funding available from the FWCP.
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. Read about how a Comox Valley Seed Grant helped launch important habitat restoration work.
For projects with a total project cost of less than $20,000. Total project cost including funding from all sources, in-kind contributions, and taxes.
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 and the total value of all in-kind contributions (if any), and applicable taxes. Your Small Grant application does not require a written project proposal.
For projects with total a project cost greater than $20,000. Total project cost including funding from all sources, in-kind contributions, and taxes.
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 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).
We will accept grant applications again in summer 2018.
It’s easy to apply for an FWCP grant:
Contact us anytime if you have questions.
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 action in our Action Plans.
In our Peace Region, the First Nations Working Group (FNWG) reviews all Notices of Intent (NOI) received by the September 8, 2017, 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.
Proposed projects are evaluated on several criteria, including but not limited to: alignment with Action Plans, technical merit, deliverables, outcomes, qualifications, and experience. See below: 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 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 2018.
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 Board and vary by grant application and proposed project.
All approved grant applicants will be required to fulfil our mandatory insurance requirements (i.e. WorkSafe BC and general commercial liability coverage).
Read our information kit for approved grant applicants. Contact us anytime.
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.