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.
The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund was the first of its kind established in Canada.
In 2005, Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP, then East Kootenay Conservation Program) — a partnership of conservation organizations, resource industries, educational institutions, First Nations, and government agencies — saw the opportunity to establish conservation funds in Canada similar to funds being established throughout the United States.
At that time, it was unclear whether these types of funds could be established in Canada and, if so, what the available political processes were. KCP conducted polling at two different times during the establishment process, and held several focus groups. This research helped select the fund service area, not only for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, but also for the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund.
The original goal was to have all municipalities and electoral areas in the RDEK participate in the service; however, the conservation fund idea only received support from the Upper Columbia Valley portion of the RDEK.
The residents who were clear that they wanted the opportunity to vote on the initiative wanted it to happen in the most cost-effective way possible. This translated to an assent vote (referendum) being conducted in conjunction with a general election in 2008. Property owners in the service area pay a parcel tax of 5¢ per $1,000 of taxable assessed value, up to a maximum of $230,000 annually, which works out to about $20 per parcel.
From 2010 to 2017, the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund approved 69 grants totalling $1.7 million, including ecosystem restoration, invasive species control, lake management, water quality monitoring, and a pilot ecological services project. This local investment has leveraged six times that amount in additional grants.
The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund was a 2013 Public Sector Finalist in the Real Estate Foundation of BC Land Awards (see above video) and the RDEK Columbia Valley Directors Directors won the Species and Ecosystems at Risk Local Government Working Group Peer-Nominated Award for 2017 for their role in the establishment and continuation of the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.
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.
August 15 – Call for Proposals
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.
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
Applications are currently closed for the 2019 year. Applications will re-open in August, 2019 for 2020 projects.
Grant Reporting Forms
Please follow these instructions for filling out the .pdf forms:
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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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP)