NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund

Supporting the long-term conservation, recovery, and protection of species at risk in the NWT.

Call for Applications for the 2021-2022 Species Conservation and Recovery Fund (formerly the Stewardship Program)

The deadline for applications for the 2021-2022 program year is now closed. Thanks to everyone who applied. Applications for the 2022-2023 year (beginning April 1, 2022) open on January 15, 2022.

For more information, please see the NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund brochure. The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund application package is available here:

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Supporting efforts to conserve, recover, and protect species at risk in the Northwest Territories

The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund​ (SCARF) provides funding for projects that support the long-term conservation, recovery and protection of species that are at risk in the NWT. To emphasize actions aimed directly at recovery, projects will be granted funding according to a tiered priority system. Priorities have been established based on how projects link to recovery strategies or management plans, species focus and the main purpose or objective of the project.

This includes projects that:

  • Address threats to species, habitats, landscapes or ecosystems
  • Fill knowledge gaps related to species, habitats or threats
  • Contribute to outreach, education and awareness about species at risk

The maximum amount of funding available for the program is $60,000 per year, often split among several projects. Project funding typically ranges from $5,000 to $10,000, however, there is no maximum for available funding per project.


Past species conservation and recovery fund projects

The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund (formerly the NWT Species at Risk Stewardship Program) has been investing in species conservation and recovery efforts since 2010 and has supported more than 50 projects. Past projects have either addressed threats directly or have focused on education/outreach, knowledge/research, or conservation planning.

To learn more about past projects, please visit the interactive story map.

Past project summaries are available below:
2010-11 Project summaries
2011-12 Project summaries
2012-13 Project summaries
2013-14 Project summaries
2014-15 Project summaries
2015-16 Project summaries
2016-17 Project summaries
2017-18 Project summaries
2018-19 Project summaries
2019-20 Project summaries
2020-21 Project summaries
2021-22 Project summaries


Government of Canada stewardship funding programs

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk (HSP) funds projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats. Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed.

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) is designed to help Indigenous organizations and communities build capacity to enable them to participate actively in the conservation and recovery of species at risk. Applications for 2021-2022 are now closed.