Funding for Volunteer-based Conservation Projects

If you need financial support for a conservation project powered by volunteers, check out our PCAF grants! The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides grants for on-the-ground conservation projects in BC. This could include activities such as wetland restoration, reptile monitoring, bird banding, and bat box construction - there are all sorts of possibilities, so long as the project provides clear conservation benefits for native fish and wildlife. Grant recipients must provide at least half of the value of their PCAF grant in volunteer labour (now valued at $15/hr). This year’s application deadline is May 16 th , 2017. More>>   

Annual Acquisition Grant Application Deadline Coming Up

The deadline for submitting an application for an HCTF Acquisition Grant is fast approaching! Completed applications must be received by 4:30PM on Friday, March 31st to be considered for funding. Full application information can be found here . Questions? Please contact Christina Waddle for further details.     

Wild Schools at Work

Check out this awesome video from Shaw TV of students from Margret Jenkins Elementary School (École Élémentaire Margaret Jenkins) removing gorse and other invasive plants from Trafalgar Park in Victoria. Margaret Jenkins is part of HCTF Education’s Wild Schools Program , a 3-year program providing teachers and students of K-8 schools with free resources, training and support for environmental learning and outdoor field experiences in their communities. In the third year of the program, school receive $500 towards a stewardship project, which allowed Margaret Jenkins to purchase gloves and other supplies necessary for the students to participate in this hands-on conservation project. Hats off to students and staff for a job well done!  

Preliminary Approved Project List

A preliminary list of 2017-18 Enhancement & Restoration projects approved by the HCTF Board of Directors is available  here .  The projects listed are approved in principle, but may have reduced budgets or funding conditions. Official notifications will be emailed to proponents over the next few weeks, and will include approved budget, Board and technical comments and funding conditions (if applicable).  Successful proponents will be mailed a Conditional Grant Agreement to be signed and returned to HCTF. A sample Conditional Grant Agreement is available  here . Please be aware that until both you and HCTF have reviewed, accepted and signed the Conditional Grant Agreement, there is no confirmation of funding and no legal commitment in place. Congratulations to all successful proponents! To those who were not funded this time, thank you for your application. The next opportunity to apply for HCTF Enhancement and Restoration grants will be fall of 2017. 

BC Bat Update

    The BC Community Bat Program, in collaboration with the Province of BC, is on the lookout for signs of White-Nose Syndrome (WNS). Fortunately for the bats of BC, it has been a quiet winter. WNS is a fungal disease harmless to humans but responsible for the deaths of millions of insect-eating bats in eastern North America. WNS was first detected in Washington State in March 2016. To monitor the spread of this disease, Community Bat Program coordinators have been collecting reports of unusual winter bat activity across southern BC and ensuring that dead bats are sent to the Canadian Wildlife Health Centre lab for disease testing. To-date, no WNS has been reported in the province. But spring conditions mean increased bat activity – and an increased chance of detecting the disease. As bats begin to leave hibernacula and return to their summering grounds, our chances of seeing live or dead bats increases, and the Community Bat Program is continuing to ask for assistance. “We are asking the public to report dead bats or any sightings of daytime bat activity to the Community Bat Project (CBP) as soon as possible (1-855-922-2287 ext 24 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )” says Mandy Kellner,...
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