Enhancement & Restoration Grant Overview

Thank you to everyone who submitted a 2017-18 Enhancement & Restoration project proposal by the November 4th 4:30 PM deadline.

Over the next three months, the proposals will undergo a technical review and an HCTF Board review. Final funding decisions will be made by the Board in early March, and a preliminary list of approved projects will be posted on our website at that time. Your next opportunity to submit an Enhancement & Restoration proposal will be fall of 2017.



Each year, HCTF provides approximately $6 Million dollars in Enhancement and Restoration Grants. These grants are provided to projects that:

  • focus on freshwater wild fish, native wildlife species and their habitats;
  • have the potential to achieve a significant conservation outcome;
  • best represent the interests of the Trust Foundations’ contributors, and
  • maintain or enhance opportunities for fishing, hunting, trapping, wildlife viewing and associated outdoor recreational activities.

Who Can Apply?

HCTF enhancement grants are available to anyone who has who has a good idea that benefits fish, wildlife and habitat in British Columbia. HCTF strongly encourages cost-shared proposals, and project leaders should explore the possibility of partnerships with other organizations.

How Much Money Can We Apply For?

There is no upper limit on funding requests. HCTF Enhancement and restoration Grants typically support projects that are larger in scope or funding need than our other grant types; enhancement project annual budgets typically range from $10,000 to over $100,000 annually. 


What is Seed Funding?

Seed funding is a small grant (up to $5,000) to facilitate the development of a full HCTF proposal. If you have an idea for a new enhancement project or need to do some initial planning before submitting a full new Enhancement proposal, you may apply for seed funding of up to $5,000. Note that this funding is not for on-the-ground work or preliminary field studies. Seed funding is for non-government (except for local or municipal governments) proponents only.

How Are Projects Selected for Funding?

All submitted applications are reviewed by teams of technical experts, who then make funding recommendations to the Board based on which proposed projects are the most technically sound. The process is competitive: each year, HCTF receives many more applications for funding than can be approved. In order to reduce the number of grant applications received, HCTF does not accept proposals for certain types of projects Read more »

Restricted Funding

HCTF receives money from certain court awards and compensation settlements from fish/wildlife/habitat infractions. Occasionally, the funding from these awards is restricted to locations, species and/or habitats, and HCTF advertises these awards to solicit proposals for enhancement projects matching the restriction.  See currently available restricted funding opportunities and how to apply »

Planning Your Project

While in the planning stages of their proposal, all applicants are strongly encouraged to read the HCTF Strategic Plan and review the FAQ page before submitting an application to the Foundation. You may also want to view our Conditional Grant Agreement to ensure that, should your project be approved, you are able to comply with the terms of that agreement.

Additional Guidance for Prescribed Fire, Grizzly Bear and Stewardship Proposals

Application Deadline: The deadline for submitting a 2017-18 HCTF Enhancement Grant application is Nov 4th, 2016 at 4:30 PM PST.

Ready for the next step? The HCTF Online page provides the information necessary for completing the online application form.