NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund

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

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. The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund focuses on the conservation and recovery of species at risk. In order 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.

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

Past Species Conservation and Recovery Fund Projects

The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund (formerly the NWT Species at Risk Stewardship Program prior to 2019). This Fund has been investing in species conservation and recovery efforts since 2010 and has supported over 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 also provided below.

Past project summaries are available below:

2019-20 Project summaries
2018-19 Project summaries
2017-18 Project summaries
2016-17 Project summaries
2015-16 Project summaries
2014-15 Project summaries
2013-14 Project summaries
2012-13 Project summaries
2011-12 Project summaries
2010-11 Project summaries


Call for Applications for the 2020-2021 Species Conservation and Recovery Fund (formerly the Stewardship Program)

Applications will be accepted for the 2020-2021 program year from January 15, 2020 to March 13, 2020. Projects are to begin April 1, 2020.

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.

Download the information brochure: Click Here
Download the information brochure (French): Coming Soon
Download the application form: Click Here
Download the application form (French): Coming Soon
Download the reporting template: Click Here
Download the reporting template (French): Coming Soon
Download the advertising poster: Click Here
Download the advertising poster (French): Click Here

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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. Click here for more information.

Aboriginal Funds for Species at Risk (AFSAR) is designed to help Aboriginal organizations and communities build capacity to enable them to participate actively in the conservation and recovery of species at risk. Click here for more information.