Grants Administration Standards
"Habitat Matters" Canadian Publication
North American Wetlands Conservation Council
Canadian Standard Grants Deadline: January 4, 2013. This deadline is for the submission of Canadian projects for final U.S. review and approval. Please see “The Process” below for information on partner deadlines.
Purpose and Scope
The Canada Standard Grants Program is a matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out wetlands conservation projects in Canada. Their projects contribute to a comprehensive, programmatic approach towards furthering the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). Project activities involve the long-term conservation of wetlands and associated upland habitats for the benefit of waterfowl and all wetland-associated migratory birds.
The Canada Standard Grants Program began supporting projects in Canada in 1990, shortly after the North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989 was passed. This program has been receiving 45 percent of the total available funding for Act-supported projects each fiscal year. In recent years, this amount has been approximately USD$20-25 million annually.
Applicants submit project proposals through the appropriate North American Waterfowl Management Plan Provincial Steering Committee. After a preliminary review by the Provincial committees, eligible proposals are then forwarded to the appropriate Joint Venture Management Board, the Secretariat to the NABCI/NAWCC Canada Council, and finally the Canada Council for review and endorsement. Projects are then presented to the North American Wetlands Conservation Council (Council) in the United States for funding consideration. After reviewing the projects, the Council recommends them to the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission for final funding approval. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Bird Habitat Conservation is responsible for administering the grants for the approved projects.
There is not a single deadline for submission to Provincial Steering Committees and/or Joint Venture Management Boards. It is recommended that the JV Coordinators or provincial JV Coordinators be contacted in the first half of the calendar year with any proposed work to see if it would be considered a good fit with Provincial and Joint Venture habitat goals. The Joint Venture partnership will work to include any eligible work into the Joint Venture proposals for the funding cycle.
Total funding for the Canada Standard Grants Program in FY 2010 is USD$25.3 million.
From September 1990 through June 2010, some 155 partners in 489 projects have received more than $372 million in grants. They have contributed another $373 million in matching funds to affect 15.9 million acres of habitat and $203 million in nonmatching funds.
For more information about developing and submitting a project proposal, contact the Secretariat to the North American Bird Conservation Initiative (NABCI)/North American Wetlands Conservation Council (NAWCC) Canada at:
NABCI/NAWCC Canada Secretariat
Canadian Wildlife Service
16th floor, Place Vincent Massey
351 St. Joseph Blvd.
Gatineau, Quebec K1A 0H3
Ph: (819) 934-6034 main line
Fx: (819) 934-6017
For general program information, contact the Canada Standard Grants Program Coordinator in the United States: Christina Ryder (firstname.lastname@example.org), (703) 358-1848.