Columbia Valley LCF


The Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the area from Spillimacheen to Canal Flats through the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF).   The purpose of the CVLCF is to provide local financial support for important projects that will contribute to the conservation of our valuable natural areas; one step towards restoring and preserving a healthy environment. The intent is to provide funding for conservation projects that are not the existing responsibility of the federal, provincial or local governments. Through the CVLCF, the Kootenay Conservation Program has financially supported over 50 stewardship projects including ecosystem restoration, invasive species control, lake management, water quality monitoring, and a pilot ecological services project.

CVLCF funding is available for conservation projects that result in the reduction to a known threat to biodiversity. Projects that are technically sound and effective, and provide value for money through partnerships with other funders will have priority. Proponents must be a registered not-for-profit organization, First Nations band, or local government. Unqualified groups or organizations may partner with a qualified organization. Multi-year projects are acceptable to a maximum three years.  A Technical Review Committee will review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDEK for final funding approval.

History of the CVLCF
On November 15, 2008, electors from Regional District of East Kootenay (“RDEK”) Electoral Areas F and G, the District of Invermere, the Village of Radium Hot Springs and the Village of Canal Flats (collectively referred to as “the participating areas”) voted to establish the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (“the Fund”). The Service Establishment Bylaw was subsequently adopted by the RDEK Board of Directors. Under this Bylaw, from 2009 to 2018, property owners in the participating areas will pay a parcel tax of about $20 per parcel per year towards a dedicated fund for conservation projects in the service area.

Annual Timeline


November 1 – Applications Due

November – Technical Review Completed

January – RDEK Review Completed

February – RDEK Board of Director’s Final Approval

March – Applicants Notified

April – Funding Agreement Documents Finalized

Note: land acquisition or covenant proposals may be submitted at any time during the year provided there is sufficient time for the EKCP Technical Review Committee and the RDEK to review proposals.

Any money not allocated from the Local Conservation Fund in any given year will be added on to, and available as part of, the following year’s funding allocation.

Project Application Requirements

Proposals must meet the Mandatory Requirements before they will be considered. These are:

1. Projects must be delivered in the Fund Service Area where the Local Conservation Property Parcel Tax is collected which is from Canal Flats to Spillimacheen in the East Kootenay.

2. Projects must address at least one IUCN threat to biodiversity as specified in the Terms of Reference.

3. Proponents must be non-profit, have registered society status or must partner with an organization that has registered society status.

4. Proponents must be prepared to make a 10 minute presentation on the outcomes of their work on an annual basis, in addition to submitting a written report.

5. Only eligible activities will be considered for funding. See Appendix 1, Ineligible Activities, of the Terms of Reference for a list of the types of projects that will not be considered for funding.

All applicants must review the Terms of Reference before applying to the fund. The framework for the Technical Review of applications is based on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) classification of direct threats.

Grant Application Forms

Click here for the 2018 Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund grant application form.

Click here for the accompanying 2018 CVLCF Application Budget Template form.

Grant Reporting Forms

CVLCF 2017 Project Interim Report Form (Due October 2)

CVLCF 2017 Project Final Report Form – to be posted (Due January 31)

Form Help

Please follow these instructions for filling out the .pdf forms:

1. Install the most recent version of Adobe Reader (
2. Save the form to your local drive on your computer
3. Open the Adobe Acrobat Pro/Reader application
4. On the Acrobat Reader menu, go to File->Open. Open the file from where you saved it.
5. Complete the form and save the changes before emailing or printing.

Projects Funded

2017 Funded Projects

2016 Funded Projects

2015 Funded Projects

2014 Funded Projects

2013 Funded Projects

2012 Funded Projects

2011 Funded Projects

2010 Funded Projects



Juliet Craig

Program Manager
Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP)