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Posted: September 2, 2023

CVLCF accepting proposals for 2024

Submitted by Kootenay Conservation Program

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP), on behalf of the Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), is now accepting 2024 project proposals for the Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund.

“The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund supports local projects that help conserve the valley’s fish and wildlife habitat, water quality and other conservation values,” said Kendal Benesh, KCP local Conservation Fund Coordinator. “For $20 per parcel per year, landowners are helping conserve and restore the Columbia Valley’s world-renowned natural areas.”

The Columbia Valley Local Conservation Fund (CVLCF) is a tax-based service that each year provides dedicated financial support to local projects ranging from ecosystem restoration and invasive species control, to wildlife conservation, water quality monitoring, and more. From 2010 to 2022, the CVLCF disbursed 110 grants totalling $2.68 million.

This local funding has helped raise nearly nine times that amount in additional grants and in-kind contributions — a substantial return on initial investment.

In 2023, 10 projects successfully received CVLCF funding: lake monitoring and education on Columbia Lake and Lake Windermere by the Columbia Lake Stewardship Society and the Lake Windermere Ambassadors; habitat enhancement for at-risk swallows by Wildsight Golden; natural and human-made habitat enhancements for bats by the Wildlife Conservation Society Canada; stewardship of important habitat on agricultural lands through the Farmland Advantage program via the Windermere District Farmers’ Institute; mitigating the risk of disease transmission to bighorn sheep populations by the Wildsheep Society of BC; preserving biodiversity in the internationally recognized Columbia Wetlands by the Columbia Wetlands Stewardship Partners; treatment of the invasive plant leafy spurge by the East Kootenay Invasive Species Council; and wetland restoration and environmental training for Indigenous youth by the BC Wildlife Federation and Shuswap Band.

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KCP, which works in partnership with the RDEK to administer the fund, is encouraging non-profit organizations and Indigenous Nations operating in the Columbia Valley to submit funding proposals for 2024 projects. Community groups and individuals can also apply by partnering with an eligible organization. If you have a new project idea, it is highly recommended that you contact KCP prior to submitting an application to discuss your project idea.

The deadline for applying is 4:30 p.m. MT on October 31, 2023. In November, a Technical Review Committee will review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDEK Directors for final funding approval.

For more information and how to apply, please visit this website.

For phone or email inquiries, please contact KCP Local Conservation Fund Coordinator Kendal Benesh at 1-844-775-2722 (Ext. 203) or [email protected].

About Kootenay Conservation Program

Kootenay Conservation Program (KCP) is a partnership of 85 organizations that work together to protect clean water, conserve important wildlife habitat, and steward the land to allow for healthy, functioning ecosystems in the East and West Kootenays. Learn more at

Lead image: The Columbia Lake Stewardship Society (CLSS) works to preserve the ecological health and water supply of Columbia Lake for present and future generations through scientific investigation, collaboration, and outreach. CLSS’s Columbia Headwaters Monitoring and Environmental Education project is supported by the CVLCF. Columbia Lake Stewardship Society Photo

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