Kootenay Lake LCF

Regional District of Central KootenayThe Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) in partnership with the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) provide funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E (click here for map) within the RDCK through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF). The purpose of the KLLCF 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.

KLLCF 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 RDCK for final funding approval.

History of the KLLCF
In November 2015, electors from Regional District of Central Kootenay (“RDCK”) Electoral Areas A, D and E, (collectively referred to as “the participating areas”) voted to establish the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (“the Fund”). The Service Establishment Bylaw was subsequently adopted by the RDCK Board of Directors. Under this Bylaw, from 2015 to 2024, property owners in the participating areas will pay a parcel tax of $15 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 – RDCK Review Completed

February – RDCK 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 KCP Technical Review Committee and the RDCK 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 in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake, specifically Electoral Areas A, D, and E (click here for map) within the RDCK.

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 Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund grant application form.

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

Grant Reporting Forms

KLLCF 2017 Project Interim Report Form (Due October 2)

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

Form Help

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

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5. Complete the form and save the changes before emailing or printing.

Projects Funded

2017 Funded Projects

2016 Funded Projects



Juliet Craig

Program Manager
Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP)