About Local Conservation Funds
A Conservation Fund is a local government service that is funded through a dedicated tax and used to support local conservation projects.
Conservation funds support projects that reflect local priorities, such as conservation of:
- Wildlife and habitat
- Open spaces (eg. grasslands)
- Aquatic systems
The local government elected officials in the conservation fund area decide which projects to support according to criteria in the fund’s terms of reference and recommendations from the Technical Review Committee.
For every dollar acquired by tax, Local Conservation Funds leverage at least 2:1 and up to 9:1 additional dollars that support local communities.
- Funds are spent locally, which creates added economic benefit (through the purchase of materials/supplies, work for a broad range of contractors/businesses).
- Broader granting programs look more favourably on projects with a local funding contribution.
- Other leveraged funding partners of Local Conservation Fund projects include regional funders (e.g. CBT, FWCP), federal government, Provincial government, US Government, utility companies, businesses, foundations, non-profit societies and land trusts.
An Innovative Approach
The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund was the first of its kind established in Canada. See below for a short film about the CVLCF, which was a 2013 Public Sector Finalist in the Real Estate Foundation of BC Land Awards.