Public Conservation Assistance Fund

The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who have a conservation project in mind but need financial help to make it happen.  Each year since 1974, the Province of BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provide approximately $150,000 in PCAF grants to help implement on-the-ground conservation work, with a particular focus on hands-on, community based and public awareness initiatives.

Regional Contact: 

Email:  hctf@hctf.ca

Grant Focus: 

The Public Conservation Assistance Fund provides small grants to organizations and individuals who have a conservation project in mind but need financial help to make it happen.  Each year since 1974, the Province of BC and the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation provide approximately $150,000 in PCAF grants to help implement on-the-ground conservation work, with a particular focus on hands-on, community based and public awareness initiatives.

Relevance to GW Programs: 

Eligible activities:

Projects must be of a conservation nature, with priority given to projects that focus on activities that maintain, conserve or restore native (indigenous) fish and wildlife species and their habitats. There’s almost no limit to on-the-ground activities considered, as long as it contributes to the conservation of wildlife and fisheries. Examples include:

  •     improving spawning grounds
  •     building bird houses
  •     planting shrubs for cover
  •     tagging / monitoring animals
  •     restoring riparian areas
  •     restoring grasslands
  •     building waterfowl nesting floats and boxes
  •     fencing
  •     improving winter range

PCAF prefers projects with long-range benefits involving as many volunteers as possible.

Application Deadline: 
May 15, 2016
Granting Amounts: 

Grants are modest, averaging about $2,500 each. There is an annual limit of $10,000 per year per project.

Special Notes: 

PCAF will grant up to one half of the total cost of the project. You must provide the remaining portion by supplying volunteer labour credited at $10 per hour, materials, or other allowable donations. To assist as many groups as possible throughout the province each year, grants are modest, averaging about $2,500 each. There is an annual limit of $10,000 per year per project. The total amount available over the life of a project is $20,000.