A Helping Hand for Fish & Wildlife Conservation in BC
What is PCAF?
The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who have a conservation project in mind but need financial help to make it happen. Each year since 1974, the Province of BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provide approximately $150,000 in PCAF grants to help implement on-the-ground conservation work, with a particular focus on hands-on, community based and public awareness initiatives. More than 1000 such projects have been carried out under the program so far.
How much funding can we apply for?
PCAF will grant up to one half of the total cost of the project. You must provide the remaining portion by supplying volunteer labour credited at $10 per hour, materials, or other allowable donations. To assist as many groups as possible throughout the province each year, grants are modest, averaging about $2,500 each. There is an annual limit of $10,000 per year per project. The total amount available over the life of a project is $20,000.
What kind of activities are eligible?
Projects must be of a conservation nature, with priority given to projects that focus on activities that maintain, conserve or restore native (indigenous) fish and wildlife species and their habitats. There’s almost no limit to on-the-ground activities we consider, as long as it contributes to the conservation of wildlife and fisheries. Examples include:
- improving spawning grounds
- building bird houses
- planting shrubs for cover
- tagging / monitoring animals
- restoring riparian areas
- restoring grasslands
- building waterfowl nesting floats and boxes
- improving winter range
We prefer projects with long-range benefits involving as many volunteers as possible. Grant applications must be approved before commencing your project. PCAF will not fund proposals retroactively.
What kind of activities are ineligible?
Sorry, PCAF grants are not available to fund the following types of projects or activities:
- Lecture series or conventions
- Photographic documentaries
- Promotion of business opportunities
- Projects that require ongoing maintenance as grant money is not available for that purpose, unless you can provide evidence of secured funding for that purpose.
- Payment of wages (except for contracted equipment or special expertise required in the field e.g. a biologist, restoration specialist, etc).
- Payment of vehicle mileage (although actual fuel costs can be covered).
See the Application Rules and Guidelines for complete information on project eligibility and other important information on expenses you can claim.
The annual application deadline is May 17 at 4:30pm PST. In some years, a second call may be issued with a deadline of September 15: please check this page in late June for details.
Public Conservation Assistance Fund #107-19 Dallas Road Victoria, BC V8V 5A6
What happens next?
Submitted PCAF proposals are reviewed by the PCAF Advisory Committee, composed of provincial Fish and Wildlife staff, a representative from the Federation of British Columbia Naturalists and the B.C. Wildlife Federation, and staff of the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation. Recommendations for approval are presented to the Chair of the HCTF Board of Directors for final funding decisions.