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154 Grants Applications 2017 - 2018

102 Projects Approved 2017 - 2018

45 Fish Projects 2017 - 2018

57 Wildlife Projects 2017 - 2018

2017 - 2018 Projects

Our three regional Boards approved $9.4 million for 102 projects to be delivered in our Coastal, Columbia and Peace Regions in 2017 – 2018. See our provincial 2017 – 2018 project map.

More about 2017 – 2018 fish and wildlife projects.

See our FAQ  below for more details on how we evaluate grant applications.


Grant Intake Fall 2017

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Thanks to everyone who completed the survey about our new online grant application system. This new way to receive grant applications – launched in 2015 – helps us support you better and improves how we can report on projects. Based on survey results, it’s working for you, and we’ll keep improving it based on your feedback.



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How are grant applications reviewed and evaluated?

Review Process
Grant applications go through a three-stage review process that culminates in a review and final decision by each regional Board regarding proposed projects in that region.

Grant Evaluation
Grant applications for proposed projects are evaluated on several criteria including, but not limited to: alignment with Action Plans, technical merit, deliverables, outcomes, qualifications and past experience.

Evaluating Grant Applications
The FWCP’s technical committees and Boards consider the following when evaluating each grant application for a proposed project:

1. Alignment with Action Plan priorities;
2. Alignment with annual regional priorities (applies to FWCP-Columbia only);
3. Technical merit;
4. Deliverables and project outcomes;
5. Team qualifications and past experience;
6. Community engagement and communications/outreach); and
7. Cost-effectiveness.

In our Peace Region, the First Nations Working Group reviews each grant application and, in addition to evaluating applications from an ecosystem-value perspective, will also consider the following when evaluating proposed projects:

1. Effective communication with First Nations about the project prior to proposal submission;
2. Partnership, training or participation opportunities; and
3. Recognition and inclusion of cultural values and traditional knowledge.
In each Action Plan, every action has been assigned a priority of ‘1’ (highest), ‘2’ or ‘3’. During the evaluation of grant applications a proposed project that aligns with a priority ‘1’ action will be awarded more points, and a proposed project for a priority ‘2’or ‘3’ action will receive fewer points.

Additional points will be awarded during the evaluation process to applications that address one or more of the three Columbia Region priorities.

Application Review Process
Prior to the final review by the regional Board in each region, grant applications for proposed projects are reviewed by Fish and Wildlife Technical Committees and a First Nations Working Group (in FWCP-Peace Region only). This review includes FWCP’s agency partners (e.g. the Province, DFO and BC Hydro), First Nations and public stakeholders. Each grant application will go through the following three-stage review process.

Stage 1 Review by Regional Program Manager
Each FWCP Regional Manager will review grant applications to ensure they are complete and for general alignment with regional conservation priorities.

Stage 2 Review by Regional Committees
Fish and Wildlife Technical Committees in each region will review each grant application for technical merit. In the FWCP’s Peace Region, the First Nations Working Group will also review each grant application. Each Board receives the results of these reviews to assist Board members in their review during Stage 3.

Stage 3 Review by Regional Board Members
The three regional Boards review each grant application for the proposed projects to be delivered in their region. The Boards consider the results of Stage 2 evaluations. The Boards make the final decisions to approve grants for proposed projects in each region.

Why does our Peace Region require a mandatory Notice of Intent Form?

All grant seekers planning a project to be delivered in the FWCP’s Peace Region must submit a mandatory Notice of Intent form. We will post the form online when we open our 2018 -19 grant intake in summer 2017.

The NOI provides basic pre-application information to the FWCP’s Program Manager in the Peace Region before you submit a grant application. The Program Manager can support you to align your proposed project with our Action Plans and priorities. The Program Manager will use the NOI to provide you with First Nations’ contact information in your proposed project area. This ensures early engagement with appropriate community representatives. You will be asked to provide details of your engagement with First Nations and stakeholders when you complete your grant application. This information is an important part of your grant evaluation.


What projects are eligible for an FWCP grant?

Proposed projects must be delivered within one of the FWCP’s three regions and align with the priority actions outlined in the relevant FWCP Action Plans.  Proposed projects must also align with activities that are consistent with the role of the FWCP and the types of activities it funds and supports.  

Projects that do not clearly address a conservation priority and recommended action(s) will not be considered for funding.

The FWCP funds and supports the following which are consistent with its role and mandate:

  1. actions to create, restore, or otherwise improve the function of ecosystems that have been impacted by BC Hydro construction of hydro-electric generating facilities;
  2. actions to create, restore, or otherwise improve the function of alternate ecosystems that provide a better opportunity for investment;
  3. specific management actions for species of interest as identified by recovery teams and action/implementation groups;
  4. baseline inventory that contributes to the development of habitat- or species-based actions within Action Plans;
  5. monitoring programs designed to measure the effectiveness of FWCP-funded habitat and species actions;
  6. contributing to all aspects of managing co-operatively managed conservation lands; and
  7. participating as a team member in species of interest planning.

The FWCP does NOT fund or support the following activities which are beyond its scope and mandate:

  1. core activities of government or non-government agencies or programs;
  2. programs designed exclusively to address government harvest objectives;
  3. policy development related to land or wildlife management;
  4. administration of government regulations;
  5. leading the development of species recovery goals;
  6. fund, co-ordinate or lead National Recovery Teams for species at risk; and
  7. engaging in enforcement and compliance activities, except in relation to co-operatively managed conservation lands.

What types of projects does FWCP fund?

The FWCP funds and supports several broad types of conservation actions as defined in its Action Plans.

  1. Research and information acquisition – actions to inventory resources or research critical effect pathways and relationships; these projects are typically funded as priority actions to gather information that is needed to support a future habitat enhancement or restoration projects, or species-based actions.
  2. Species-based actions – activities that improve conditions or address specific life requisites for particular species.
  3. Habitat-based actions – activities focused on improving general habitat conditions or ecosystem function.
  4. Monitoring and evaluation (AKA monitoring and adaptive management in FWCP’s Peace Region) – activities conducted following a habitat-based or species-based action that are focused on assessing the outcomes of that habitat- or species-based action.

If you are applying for a FWCP grant, you will be asked to define your project by type.

What Action Plans exist?

Each region has a set of Action Plans that reflect local conservation priorities and recommended actions. These Action Plans provide important strategic guidance. We fund projects that align with the priorities in our Action Plans. Read our Action Plans, then apply for a grant to deliver one of the actions recommended in your region. Action Plans are posted on each regional page.

Coastal Region Action Plans

Alouette River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Watershed Plan
  • Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Salmonid Action Plan
  • Species Action Plan

Ash River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Watershed Plan
  • Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Salmonid Action Plan
  • Species Action Plan

Bridge-Seton River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Bridge-Seton Watershed Plan
  • Bridge-Seton Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Bridge-Seton Salmonid Action Plan
  • Bridge-Seton Species Action Plan

Campbell River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Campbell Watershed Plan
  • Campbell Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Campbell Salmonid Action Plan
  • Campbell Species Action Plan

Cheakamus River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Cheakamus Watershed Plan
  • Cheakamus Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Cheakamus Salmonid Action Plan
  • Cheakamus Species Action Plan

Clayton Falls River Watersheds and Action Plan

  • Clayton Falls Watershed Plan

Clowhom Falls River Watershed and Action Plan

  • Clowhom Falls Watershed Plan

Coquitlam River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Coquitlam Watershed Plan
  • Coquitlam Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Coquitlam Salmonid Action Plan
  • Coquitlam Species Action Plan

Falls River Watershed and Action Plan

  • Falls River Watershed Plan

Jordan River Watershed and Action Plan

  • Jordan Watershed Plan

Puntledge River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Puntledge Watershed Plan
  • Puntledge Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Puntledge Salmonid Action Plan
  • Puntledge Species Action Plan

Shuswap River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Shuswap Watershed Plan
  • Shuswap Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Shuswap Salmonid Action Plan
  • Shuswap Species Action Plan

Stave River Watershed and Action Plans

  • Stave Watershed Plan
  • Stave Riparian Wetlands Action Plan
  • Stave Salmonid Action Plan
  • Stave Species Action Plan

Wahleach River Watershed and Action Plan

  • Wahleach Watershed Plan


Columbia Region Action Plans

  • Columbia Basin Plan
  • Large Lakes Action Plan
  • Riparian and Wetlands Action Plan
  • Small Lakes Action Plan
  • Species of Interest Action Plan
  • Streams Action Plan
  • Upland and Dryland Action Plan
  • Upper Kootenay Ecosystem Enhancement Plan


Peace Region Action Plans

  • Peace Basin Plan
  • Lakes Action Plan
  • Reservoirs Action Plan
  • Riparian and Wetlands Action Plan
  • Species of Interest Action Plan
  • Streams Action Plan
  • Uplands Action Plan

Looking For Other Funders?

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 others who are also working to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife.