Atlas of Bank Restoration Sites of the St. Lawrence River - Funding of restoration projects

Restoration projects often call for substantial financial resources. However, there are government organizations and private foundations that offer financial support for restoration, conservation and development of wildlife habitats.

To find out how to finance a project go to Environment and Climate Change Canada's Green Source Funding Database and consult the list below of selected organizations that provide assistance in the form of funding. Here you will learn how to define your objectives and reporting parameters and make an accurate assessment of the resources required and how to present a project to funding organizations.

The list of funding organizations is given for information only. However, these organizations are the ones most likely to finance projects appearing in the Restoration Atlas. Each organization targets fields and operational territories and establishes its own eligibility criteria and selection procedures. These do not necessarily apply to all projects in the Atlas. Each of these organizations has a Website, which you can visit to identify organizations most likely to give financial support to the project that you want to carry out.

Organization/program Clientele Niche
National Wetland Conservation Fund Non-governmental organizations; Aboriginal organizations and communities; individuals; universities; conservation authorities; private corporations; provincial, territorial and municipal governments; provincial crown corporations Supports projects that:
  • restore degraded or lost wetlands;
  • enhance degraded wetlands;
  • scientifically assess and monitor the health and functionality of wetlands and the species that use them;
  • encourage stewardship and wetland appreciation by a wide variety of partners to build support for future wetland conservation and restoration activities.

Projects must take place on private land, provincial Crown land, or Aboriginal land across Canada.

Nature Conservancy of Canada Non-profit groups The securement of natural lands through purchase, donation, conservation agreements and other techniques is funded. Priority lands for securement are nationally or provincially significant lands and habitats for vulnerable, threatened or endangered species.
Environment and Climate Change Canada / EcoAction Non-profit and non-governmental groups Projects that:
  • address Environment and Climate Change Canada's priority issues of climate change, clean air, clean water, and/or nature;
  • have positive, measurable impacts on the natural environment, build the capacity of communities to take action on environmental issues, or a combination of both objectives;
  • provide opportunities for Canadians to take positive action at the community level; and
  • encourage people to be more environmentally responsible.
Environment and Climate Change Canada / Environmental Damages Fund Non-governmental groups, aboriginal groups, universities, provinces and municipalities Priority for funding is given to projects in the following four categories:
  • restoration of natural resources;
  • environmental quality improvement projects;
  • research and development relating to environmental damage assessment and restoration;
  • and education related to pollution prevention and environmental quality improvement.
Environment and Climate Change Canada/ Community Interaction Program Non-profit non-governmental organizations that have been legally constituted for at least one year and whose chief place of business is in the province of Quebec The primary goal is to support community projects linked to regional priorities to improve the St. Lawrence ecosystem.
Canadian Wildlife Federation / Ocean Education - Blue School Program Any class or an entire school. Organized youth groups such as Scouts, Guides and 4-H groups may also apply.
  • Freshwater shoreline improvement along any lake, river or stream;
  • saltwater (ocean) shoreline improvement;
  • wetland habitat restoration;
  • riparian habitat restoration.
Fédération québécoise de la faune / Enhancement / Purchase of wildlife habitats program Non-profit legally entities constituted under Quebec law and recognized by the Fondation héritage faune. The Foundation finances the following activities in connection with hunting and fishing:
  • knowledge enhancement;
  • purchase, easements, conservation agreements to protect habitats;
  • habitat characterization;
  • protection or restoration of habitats.
Fondation de la faune du Québec / Funding framework for protection of forest wetlands on private property Public or private Quebec organizations and associations or corporations, whether for profit or not. To ensure and increase the wildlife productivity of forest wetlands by encouraging the commitment of property owners (stewardship). To protect habitats for waterfowl and species at risk. Each project should allow for protection of at least 10 forest wetlands representing a total area of at least 50 hectares.
Fondation de la faune du Québec / Wildlife in danger Public or private Quebec organizations and associations or corporations, whether for profit or not. Four fields of activity:
  • habitat protection by means of agreements, easements, acquisition or voluntary stewardship commitments by property owners;
  • habitat enhancement through restoration, maintenance or expansion of habitat;
  • acquisition of knowledge about target species or their habitat;
  • education or public awareness of protecting or enhancing species or their habitat.

Priority will be given to projects that affect species whose condition is judged to be of special concern and for whom a recovery plan has been prepared that deals with their habitat; that describes concrete actions on the ground; which spreads knowledge of methods and techniques for protecting, restoring or developing habitat for the target species.

Fondation de la faune du Québec / Habitats protection program Public or private Quebec organizations and associations or corporations, whether for profit or not, that have been legally constituted. Technical and financial support for the acquisition of private lands or rights of ways, or voluntary site conservation projects for productive, diversified or threatened wildlife habitats.
Fondation de la faune du Québec / Improvement of the quality of aquatic habitats program Public or private Quebec organizations and associations or corporations, whether for profit or not, that have been legally constituted.
  • Stream clean-up;
  • shoreline stabilization;
  • creation and restoration of spawning grounds;
  • construction of deflectors and ditches;
  • construction and restoration of digger logs;
  • creation of aquatic and riparian shelters;
  • construction of fish ladders;
  • and construction of obstacles to the migration of competitive species.
ECHO Foundation Community organisations, universities, individuals Protection of the environment principally through:
  • the acquisition and preservation, throughout Canada, of natural areas of ecological significance or of importance to the urban landscape and
  • environmental scientific research performed in Canadian universities or affiliated research centres.

The Foundation also supports, on a case-by-case basis, a variety of other environmental endeavours.

McLean Foundation Registered charitable organizations in Canada Projects in one of the following categories: conservation, arts, education, health, social support.
Hydro-Québec / Fondation Hydro-Québec pour l'Environnement A charity, a non-profit organization, with an office in Canada

The Foundation put more emphasis on projects that reflect local communities' willingness to undertake the stewardhsip of the natural environments where they are likely to have an impact. It finances projects that aim to:

  • conservation and restoration of natural habitats;
  • support for measures to deal with local and community environmental problems;
  • enhancement of the distinctive environmental characteristics of Hydro-Québec properties.
Ministère de l'agriculture, des pêcheries et de l'alimentation du Québec / Prime-Vert program
 
Farm producers Introduction to the farm of technologies and practices allowing the conservation of resources and the protection of the environment (riparian buffer strips, erosion control, windbreak hedgerows, etc.).