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:
- Alignment with the FWCP’s strategic objectives (e.g., conservation, sustainable use, and community engagement).
- Alignment with priority actions in our Action Plans. 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 2or 3 action will receive fewer points.
- Alignment with annual regional priorities or regional guidance.
- Technical merit, innovation, and creativity.
- Deliverables and project outcomes.
- Team qualifications and experience.
- Community engagement and communications/outreach.
- Overall quality, accuracy, and readability of the grant application.
In our Peace Region, our First Nations Working Group also reviews each grant application at Stage 2 and evaluates each one for:
- Effective communication with First Nations about the proposed project prior to submitting a grant application;
- Partnership, training, or participation opportunities; and
- Recognition and inclusion of cultural values and traditional knowledge.
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:
- The balance between projects that benefit primarily fish or wildlife;
- The balance of projects between Action Plans;
- The value of funding fewer high-cost single-year projects or a several smaller-cost projects;
- The impact of multi-year funding on future year projects; and
- The balance of projects approved for funding across each of the FWCP’s three regions.
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:
- The benefit of the proposed project to fish or wildlife, and ecosystems, impacted by BC Hydro dams;
- Alignment with Action Plan objectives;
- Alignment with annual regional priorities or regional guidance. Additional points will be awarded during the evaluation process to applications that address one or more of the three Columbia Region priorities.
- Likelihood of improving or maintaining opportunities for sustainable use;
- Overall value of the project, including but not limited to, partnerships with First Nations and other, funding partners, in-kind contributions, and volunteers;
- Engagement of First Nations, public, communities and local stakeholders; and
- Overall quality of the grant application.