NOW OPEN: Habitat Stewardship Funding

Environmental FundsHi Funds Fans!  Strap yourself in, there’s big money for endangered species in Canada.  Check it out!

As part of Canada’s national strategy for the protection of species at risk, the federal government established the Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) for Species at Risk. The HSP became operational in 2000-2001 and allocates between $9 and $13 million per year to projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats.  Maximum Grant: $25,000 + (estimate) Deadline: December 17th, 2012.

The overall goal of the HSP is to “contribute to the recovery of endangered, threatened, and other species at risk, and to prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern, by engaging Canadians from all walks of life in conservation actions to benefit wildlife.”

The HSP provides funding to “stewards” for implementing activities that protect or conserve habitats for species assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as nationally “at risk” (endangered, threatened, or of special concern). These activities must take place on private lands, provincial Crown lands, Aboriginal lands, or in aquatic and marine areas across Canada. The program also fosters partnerships among organizations interested in the recovery of species at risk. As such, it supports many organizations and individuals in their efforts to meet the requirements of the National Recovery Program and the Species at Risk Act.

More information and regional variation in procedures to follow in order to apply to the HSP are available through Environment Canada regional offices.

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