What is the North Island Conservation Fund?
The North Island Conservation Fund (NICF) is a $350,000 fund specifically for fish and wildlife projects on Northern Vancouver Island.
Where did this funding come from?
HCTF created NICF using both surcharge revenue and court-awarded funds.
In 2011, Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd was found to have exceeded authorized levels of discharge into Neroutsos Inlet on three separate occasions. B.C.’s Conservation Officer Service, supported by Environment Canada, conducted a joint investigation and forwarded recommended charges to B.C.’s Crown counsel. In 2014, Neucel was convicted in provincial court and ordered to pay $1,000 in fines to the province and $174,000 to HCTF. The judge specified that this $174,000 court award is to be used in support of fish and wildlife conservation projects on Northern Vancouver Island. The North Island Conservation Fund was created when the HCTF Board of Directors decided to match the court award funding with surcharge revenue to create a $350,000 fund specifically for fish and wildlife conservation projects in this region.
What kind of projects are eligible to apply for grants from North Island Conservation Fund?
As specified by the court, this money is for fish and wildlife conservation projects on Northern Vancouver Island. For this fund, Northern Vancouver Island is defined as the area north of (and including) Campbell River. The eligible project area is highlighted in green on the map below (click to open larger image):
To be considered for funding, projects must also:
- benefit native species
- be scientifically rigorous
- have clear and measurable outcomes
Priority consideration will be given to projects taking place on public lands or publicly accessible lands.
Are salmon projects eligible?
HCTF does not typically fund projects focussed on salmon, as the revenue used to fund fisheries projects primarily comes from freshwater angling licences. For this fund, we will consider projects restoring estuaries or riparian habitats that provide benefits to salmon and other species. These benefits must be clearly articulated in the proposal.
How much funding can we apply for?
While there’s no upper limit for funding requests, HCTF hopes to support multiple projects with the $350,000 available in this Fund.
What are the expectations around fund leveraging?
HCTF strongly encourages proponents to secure additional funding or in-kind contributions for their projects. Priority will be given to projects that can demonstrate a 1:1 funding match.
How do we apply?
Download the NICF Information Sheet