Habitat Stewardship Program for species at risk

Government of Canada

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Grant amount: C $25,000 - C $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 28, 2021 12:00pm PST

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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About this funder:




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 (ECCC) administers HSP funds that support terrestrial stewardship projects while Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is responsible for administering the HSP for aquatic stewardship projects.


The objectives of this program are to:

  • support habitat projects that benefit species at risk and prevent others from becoming a conservation concern
  • enable Canadians to become actively involved in stewardship projects for species at risk which will result in tangible and measurable conservation benefits; and
  • improve the scientific, sociological and economic understanding of stewardship as a conservation tool

Expected results

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, proposed projects must target the following species:

  • species listed on Schedule 1 of SARA (except those listed as extirpated), and/or
  • species that have been assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as endangered, threatened, or of special concern but have not yet been listed on Schedule 1 of SARA

Up to 20% of the available funds will be directed towards projects targeting species that are not listed on Schedule 1 of SARA but assessed by COSEWIC as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern. The majority of program funds (i.e., at least 80%) will be directed to projects targeting species listed on Schedule 1 of SARA. Priorities within these eligible species are listed below. Please consult this list to determine if your proposal could have a higher chance of success.

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
  • Activities other than those listed above may be considered subject to approval.

Range of funding

The minimum funding request suggested for new and multi-year projects is $25,000 and project funding usually ranges from $25,000 to $100,000 per project. Projects may extend over more than 1 year to a maximum of 3 years.

Non-Indigenous applicants will be required to obtain a minimum of 1:1 matching contributions ($1 confirmed match for $1 HSP funding).

Indigenous applicants will be required to obtain a minimum of 0.20:1 matching contribution ($0.20 confirmed match for $1 HSP funding).

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 recipients
    • 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
  • Project activities must take place on:
    • private land
    • provincial Crown land
    • lands under the administration and control of the Commissioner of Yukon, the Northwest Territories or Nunavut, or Indigenous land across Canada


  • The program will prioritize projects targeting Priority Species (see Table 1).
  • HSP projects may also have a higher chance of success if they:
    • target multiple species and demonstrate a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives
    • involve collaboration among multiple partners with priority being given to projects that involve a greater number of confirmed partners
    • implement high priority activities described in established recovery documents, established wildlife and/or habitat conservation plans
    • mitigate the threats of climate change to the target species; and/or
    • target priority sectors and/or threats as identified in the Pan-Canadian Approach to Transforming Species at Risk Conservation in Canada


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