Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) program supports the development of Aboriginal capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). This fund also enables the Government of Canada to facilitate Aboriginal involvement in activities that protect or conserve habitats for species at risk (SAR).

Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:

  • The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of SARA; and
  • The AFSAR Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA, to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern.

Regional Contact: 

Kate Shapiro

p: 604-664-9044
e: Kate.Shapiro@ec.gc.ca

Grant Focus: 

The national priorities for the AFSAR SAR Stream are projects or activities that focus on the following:

  • Implementation of priority activities described in recovery strategies or action plans such as protection of critical habitat. 
  • Implementation of multi-species projects with a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives.
  • Implementation of projects involving collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners.
  • Implementation of signed SARA Section 11 agreements.
  • The recovery of SAR and threats to SAR included as part of an international agreement.
  • The consideration of Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge (ATK) for application in SARA processes.

Proposed projects must contribute to one or more of the following expected results of the AFSAR SAR Stream:

  • Strengthen capacity in Aboriginal communities for SARA implementation.
  • Mitigate threats to SAR, be they individuals or populations.
  • Protect, improve or manage critical and important habitat
  • Document and conserve ATK and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) on SAR and, where appropriate, help ensure their use in the development of recovery objectives.
Application Deadline: 
January 15, 2016
Granting Amounts: 

Funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per year. Projects may extend over more than one year.

Special Notes: 

The program will be accepting Expressions of Interest until December 18th, 2015. The submission of an Expression of Interest is strongly encouraged, particularly for applicants who have not received AFSAR funding in the past or for those applying to a new stream.