Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund

In partnership with KCP, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) provides funding for projects that benefit conservation in the rural areas around Kootenay Lake through the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund (KLLCF).

Specifically, the KLLCF services RDCK Electoral Areas A, D, and E (click here for map).

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.


Building on the experience of establishing the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) led the initiative to establish a conservation fund in the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK).

Because KCP had polled widely in the Kootenays prior to the establishment of the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, there was some information already available to support the Central Kootenay process. In addition to widespread polling, the leadership team held six focus groups in 2013. As was the case with the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund, this research helped to determine the RDCK fund’s service area, as well as offering insight into residents’ values, priorities, and willingness to pay for a conservation fund service.

The RDCK established the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund after a successful vote in November 2014, which was held in conjunction with the local election in electoral areas A, D, and E. The financing mechanism is a parcel tax of $15 per parcel per year, which is applied to all parcels (residential, industrial, commercial) in the service area.

As participating communities are located on Kootenay Lake, water issues emerged as an important focus. The conservation fund’s terms of reference reflect this, listing aquatic systems and conservation of water, wildlife, and habitat as the fund themes.

From 2016 to 2021, the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund approved 37 grants totalling $468,000. This local investment has leveraged over four times that amount in external grants and in-kind support, not including two conservation acquisitions, which if included, raises the leveraged funding to 43 times additional funding.

KLLCF Project Profiles
View 2021 KLLCF Project Results

Project Proposals

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.

Annual Timeline

  • August 15 – Call for Proposals
  • October 28 – 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.

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. Projects must address at least one of the Direct Conservation Action priorities (see Table 5) indicated in the KLLCF Guidance Document. The Executive Summary of the guidance document can be found here.

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

5. 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.

6. 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

The 2023 intake for the Kootenay Lake Local Conservation Fund will open in August 2022. Please check back.

Grant Reporting Forms

There are no reporting requirements at this time.

Securement Application Form

Securement application forms can be submitted to info@kootenayconservation.ca on an ongoing basis.

Form Help

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More Info

Juliet Craig

KCP Program Director

It is highly recommended that applicants contact the KCP Program Director prior to submitting an application to discuss their project idea.