Seed or Large Grant

Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program

Relevent Country: Canada

The Fish & Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is currently accepting applications for the Seed or Large Grant to compensate for impacts to fish, wildlife, and their supporting habitat, resulting from the construction of existing British-Columbia (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 fulfils 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 fulfil its mission, and work towards its vision of thriving fish and wildlife populations in watersheds that are functioning and sustainable.

Type of Projects

FWCP funds five types of projects are:

  • research and information acquisition;
  • habitat-based actions;
  • species-based actions;
  • monitoring and evaluation; and
  • land securement.

Funding Information

  • Seed Grants: Up to a maximum of $5,000 is available from the FWCP.
  • Large Grants: 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.

FWCP will Fund

  • FWCP will fund and support the following types of actions, which are consistent with the 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.
  • Contribute to all aspects of managing co-operatively managed conservation lands.

FWCP does NOT Fund

  • The FWCP does not fund or support the following activities, which are beyond the 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.
  • Fund programs designed exclusively to address government objectives.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible grant applicants include First Nations, consultants, agencies, non-government organizations, individuals, and academic institutions.
  • All successful grant applicants must be able to provide:
  • a WorkSafe BC clearance letter; and
  • proof of commercial general liability.