Habitat Stewardship Program for species at risk

Government of Canada

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Grant amount: C $10,000 - C $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 21, 2019

Applicant type: Individuals Government Entity For-Profit Business Indigenous Group Nonprofit

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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The Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) was established in 2000. It provides funding for projects submitted by Canadians that contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of the Species at Risk Act (SARA) and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern. Environment and Climate Change Canada administers HSP projects that support terrestrial stewardship projects while Fisheries and Oceans Canada is responsible for administering HSP aquatic stewardship projects..


The underlying objectives of the HSP SAR Stream are to:

  • Support habitat projects that benefit SAR;
  • Enable Canadians to become actively and concretely involved in stewardship projects for SAR that will result in tangible and measurable conservation benefits; and
  • Improve the scientific, sociological, and economic understanding of the role that stewardship has as a conservation tool.

Expected results

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must demonstrate how they contribute directly to the recovery objectives and The expected results of the HSP are:

  • Canada’s wildlife and habitat is conserved and protected
  • Canada’s species at risk are recovered; and
  • Indigenous Peoples are engaged in conservation

Eligible projects

In order to be eligible for funding, proposed projects must target species listed as Endangered, Threatened and of Special Concern on Schedule 1 of SARA.

Activities eligible for funding include:

  • Habitat Protection and Securement
  • Habitat Improvement
  • Species and Habitat Threat Abatement
  • Conservation Planning
  • Surveys, Inventories and Monitoring
  • Project Evaluation
  • Outreach and Education

Note: Activities other than those listed above may be considered subject to approval

The HSP evaluates and funds proposals in the context of HSP program priorities, which are reviewed annually. 

Range of funding

Funding usually ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 per project. Projects may extend over more than one year to a maximum of 3 years. A minimum of 1:1 matching contributions from non-federal sources is required. For every $1 provided by the HSP, at least $1 needs to be raised by project recipients. This leveraging can take the form of either financial or in-kind resources (equipment loans, donations of building materials and volunteer labour).

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


  • Eligible applicants
    • Canadian non-governmental organizations
    • Community groups
    • Indigenous organizations and communities
    • Individuals
    • Private corporations and businesses
    • Educational institutions
    • Provincial, territorial and municipal governments
    • Provincial Crown corporations
  • Geographic Location
    • Projects must take place on private lands, Crown provincial lands or Indigenous Lands across Canada.


  • For terrestrial projects, preference will be given to projects with activities taking place in regional Tier 1 focal landscapes or species identified as regional Tier 2 priorities.   
  • Preference will be given to projects with matching contributions in excess of 1:1 and to projects with higher cash-matching contributions in relation to in-kind contributions.


  • Federal departments, federal agencies and federal Crown corporations are not eligible to receive HSP funds.