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122 Total Grant Applications

34 Coastal Region Grant Applications

58 Columbia Region Grant Applications

30 Peace Region Grant Applications

Grant Applications

Thanks to everyone who applied for a fish or wildlife grant in fall 2020. Across our Coastal, Columbia and Peace regions we received 122 grant applications for 39 fish and 83 wildlife projects.

Our three-stage review and evaluation of each grant application is underway now. It will conclude at our boards’ annual general meetings in early 2021, when each board will finalize projects for the next fiscal year.

Grant applicants will be notified of our boards’ decisions by March 2021.

  • Learn more: read our funding FAQs below and learn more about our review and evaluation process.
  • Be prepared: read our information kit for grant applications approved for 2021-2022, so you know what information we’ll need next and what to expect after contribution agreements are finalized.


Apply for a grant

You can apply anytime for a community engagement grant. Complete and submit our short grant application form.

Our Community Engagement Grant is typically $500 to $1,000 and helps stewardship groups and others take action to benefit local fish and wildlife.

Contact us if you have questions.

Community engagement grants


What is the FWCP?

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.

Why does FWCP fund projects?

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.

Who decides what projects get FWCP funding?

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.

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How is the FWCP funded?

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.

What does the FWCP fund?

We fund and support the following types of actions, which are consistent with our mandate:

  • Fund actions to create, restore, or otherwise improve the function of ecosystems that have been impacted by BC Hydro activities;
  • Fund actions to create, restore, or otherwise improve the function of alternate ecosystems that provide a better opportunity for investment;
  • Participate as a team member in species of interest planning;
  • Fund specific management actions for species of interest as identified by recovery teams and action/implementation groups;
  • Fund baseline inventory that contributes to the development of habitat- or species-based actions within action plans;
  • Fund monitoring programs designed to measure the effectiveness of FWCP-funded habitat- and species-based actions; and
  • Contribute to all aspects of managing co-operatively managed conservation lands.

What does the FWCP NOT fund?

We do not fund or support the following activities, which are beyond our mandate:

  • Fund core activities of government or non-government agencies or programs;
  • Lead the development of species recovery goals;
  • Fund, co-ordinate, or lead national recovery teams for species at risk;
  • Develop policy related to land or wildlife management;
  • Administer government regulations;
  • Engage in enforcement and compliance activities, except in relation to co-operatively managed conservation lands; and
  • Fund programs designed exclusively to address government objectives.

When are grant applications due?

Our annual intake of grant applications will open again in August 2021. Subscribe and we will let you know when our grant intake opens and closes.

What projects are eligible for a grant?

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:

  1. conservation;
  2. community engagement; and
  3. sustainable use.

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:

  1. habitat-based actions;
  2. species-based actions;
  3. research and information acquisition actions;
  4. monitoring and evaluation actions; and
  5. land securement.

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.

Who can apply for an FWCP grant?

If your grant for a proposed project is approved, the project proponents (i.e. project contact) must be able to provide:
1.     a WorkSafe BC clearance letter; and
2.     proof of commercial general liability.

If you or your group can fulfil both of these requirements, you are eligible to apply for a grant. Examples of eligible grant applicants include: First Nations, consultants, agencies, non-government organizations, individuals, and academic institutions.

Where are the action plans?

Our action plans guide FWCP investments in fish and wildlife projects, and are referenced annually by our regional Boards to track progress toward implementation, set annual priorities, and guide decision-making in setting out and approving the annual operating plan for each region. Actions in our action plans are eligible for FWCP funding and align with our vision, mission, and geographic scope.

Each region has its own set of action plans. If you are applying for a grant in our Peace Region, be sure to review our updated 2020 action plans.

Coastal Region Watershed Action Plans

Columbia Region Action Plans

Peace Region Action Plans

What grants are available?

As of 2020, we no longer offer Small Grants. All grant applicants are invited to apply for a Large Grant, regardless of total project cost. All Large Grant applications require a written proposal. We continue to offer a Seed Grant.

Seed Grants

Seed Grants are intended to offset costs to fill information gaps, explore project feasibility, and prepare technical information that may be required prior to developing a project proposal for a Large Grant application. Use our Seed Grant to grow your idea into a future Large Grant application. Up to a maximum of $5,000 is available from the FWCP for seed grants.

Large Grants

All grant applicants ready to implement a proposed project should apply for a Large Grant, regardless of the total project cost.

Our Large Grants are available in each of our regions for all proposed projects that align with our regional action plans, regardless of the total project cost. 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. Regardless of the total project cost, you will be asked to include a written project proposal (maximum six pages) as part of your online grant application.

How do I apply for a grant?

Follow these steps:

  1. Review the regional action plans of interest to you.
  2. Develop a project idea that aligns with a priority action(s) in any action plan(s) that will achieve the intended outcome(s).
  3. Review and comply with applicable regional requirements and guidance.
  4. Login to our online grant management system at to start your online grant application.
  5. Peace Region applicants will be asked to submit a mandatory notice of intent, as a first step toward completing your online grant application.
  6. Complete all mandatory requirements.
  7. Our annual intake of grant applications will open again in August 2021. Submit your grant application by the 2021 deadline. Subscribe for updates.

The next section provides more details on these steps.

1.    Review regional action plans

A series of action plans define priority actions eligible for an FWCP grant in each of our three regions. We fund projects that align with our action plans.

Please review the action plan(s) in the region(s) of interest to you. Base your grant application for a potential project on any one, or more, of the priority actions recommended in our regional action plans.

Coastal, Columbia, and Peace region action plans are online at:

Looking For Other Funders?

We’re compiling information about other funding sources and will be sharing these opportunities. Please share your funding sources with us so we can pass them along to others who are working to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife.