Brink/McLean Grassland Conservation Fund Grant

The Nature Trust of British Columbia

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Grant amount: US $2,500

Anticipated deadline: Feb 14, 2021 4:30pm PST

Applicant type: Individuals Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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For over 50 years, Dr. Bert Brink and Dr. Alastair McLean dedicated their lives to the conservation of BC’s natural legacy, particularly the grasslands of the Southern Interior. To ensure this conservation continues, this fund promotes applied research, habitat restoration and other stewardship activities that will assist in the management of the land, plants and animals of BC’s native grasslands.

Grasslands are rare, unique, life-sustaining ecosystems. More than 30% of BC’s threatened or endangered species depend on grasslands for their survival. BC’s grasslands represent less than 1% of the provincial land base and one of Canada’s most endangered ecosystems. Native grasslands provide critical habitat corridors for dozens of migratory species that move between northern and southern latitudes of North America. Historically, many of these grassland ecosystems occupied more of BC’s land base. However, with urban expansion, other development activities, and agricultural use, native grasslands have become significantly diminished. The challenge is to balance the conservation of critical wildlife habitat in the remaining native grasslands with ongoing activities of sustainable resource use and development, along with processes such as climate change. It is necessary to gain a better understanding of how the land can be managed to address this challenge.

Activities considered for funding include:
  • Scientific research.
  • Inventory and assessment.
  • Enhancement or restoration.
  • Evaluation and monitoring.
  • Design or planning related to how current land-use or management practices can be refined to conserve and/or improve management of native grassland habitats.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Project must be located in British Columbia, Canada
  • Proponents may be individuals, conservation organizations, public agencies, academic, or research entities.


  • Projects more likely to receive funding will be related to:
    • Enhancing critical grassland habitats for plants and wildlife.
    • Demonstrating how best to use sustainable resource management and land-use practices so that grasslands and species that rely on them flourish.
    • Identifying practical management considerations or results for grassland ecosystems.
  • Although not a requirement, bonus points will be given to projects that include The Nature Trust of BC’s properties


  • Examples of projects not acceptable for funding support include:
    • Administrative costs for interest groups or organizations.
    • Compensation for individual “losses” attributed to the conservation of grassland habitats.
    • Promotion of private sector business opportunities
    • Post-secondary tuition