Habitat Conservation Grant

Wildlife Habitat Canada

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: Oct 16, 2020 2:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business College / University Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

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Wildlife Habitat Canada

Wildlife Habitat Canada is a national, non-profit, charitable conservation organization established in 1984 by Environment Canada, provincial wildlife agencies and conservation organizations. We work through partnerships with communities, landowners, governments, non-government organizations and industry to find effective solutions to address problems facing wildlife habitat. We are guided by a highly diverse Board of Directors, with representatives from national conservation organizations and government agencies.

Habitat Conservation Grants

Projects in this category focus on direct, on-the-ground activities that:

  • address North American Waterfowl Management Plan (NAWMP) conservation priorities, as outlined in the Habitat Joint Venture Implementation Plans, including conservation, restoration, protection and enhancement of habitat in priority areas; or
  • support habitat conservation for other important migratory game birds.

Examples of project activities that would fall under this grant category:

  • creation, restoration or enhancement of wetland habitat;
  • natural vegetation planting;
  • construction and installation of Hen Houses or nest boxes;
  • installation of livestock exclusion fencing;
  • removal of invasive species;
  • wetland inventory mapping; …etc.

NOTE: For infrastructure repair / re-build projects (e.g., water level control structure repairs or replacement), WHC will consider projects that:

  • increase wetland acres and/or improve the ecological integrity of affected acres; and,
  • address long term maintenance needs for infrastructure (which do not rely on any future WHC funding).

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


  • Only Canadian recipients are eligible recipients and include:
    • not-for-profit organizations;
    • Aboriginal organizations, associations and wildlife management boards;
    • research, academic and educational institutions;
    • for profit organizations such as small businesses, companies, corporations, and industry associations;
    • local organizations such as community associations and groups, seniors’ and youth groups, and service clubs; and,
    • provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments and their agencies.  
  • To be eligible for funding consideration, the project must clearly demonstrate a minimum 1:1 funding match ratio in the 2017-2018 fiscal year (i.e., WHC contributions cannot exceed 50% of the Project Revenue).
    • Funding from Government of Canada programs cannot be considered as match.


  • Ineligible recipients include, but are not limited to:
    • international organizations or individuals; and,
    • government employees, departments, agencies and crown corporations at the federal level.
  • Expenditures directly related to the acquisition of land or an interest in land, including a lease, conservation easement or conservation covenant are not eligible for grant funding from Wildlife Habitat Canada.
  • Wildlife Habitat Canada funds cannot be used to contribute to any endowment fund(s).
  • While Wildlife Habitat Canada recognizes the importance of projects involving habitat conservation, restoration and enhancement for non-waterfowl species and fish, these types of projects are not eligible for funding consideration under the Contribution Agreement between Environment Canada and Wildlife Habitat Canada.