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Call for Applications for 2024-2025

The NWT Species Conservation and Recovery Fund call for applications for the 2024-2025 program year is now closed. The next call for applications will open on January 15, 2025. Please check back to learn about our 2024-2025 projects!

For more information on the program, please see our brochure (available in English and Français).


The application package is available here:

Download the application form (English): Click Here
Download the application form (Français): Cliquez ici
Download the reporting template (English): Click Here
Download the reporting template (Français): Cliquez ici
Download the advertising poster (English): Click Here
Download the advertising poster (Français): Cliquez ici

Note: You may need to update or install Adobe Acrobat or Adobe Reader, in order to save the application form to your computer. Click here for your free download of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

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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

A total of $60,000 in funding is available per year. Funding awarded may be more or less than the amount requested.

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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 70 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.


Current and past project summaries are available below:

2024-25 Project summaries
2023-24 Project summaries
2022-23 Project summaries
2021-22 Project summaries
2020-21 Project summaries
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

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Government of Canada stewardship funding programs

Canada Nature Fund supports the protection of Canada’s biodiversity through the creation of protected and conserved areas and through initiatives that help to recover species at risk. 

Canada Nature Fund for Aquatic Species at Risk supports multi-species, place-based and threat-based stewardship actions that recover and protect aquatic species at risk.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk funds projects that conserve and protect species at risk and their habitats.

Habitat Stewardship Program for Aquatic Species at Risk funds projects that contribute directly to the recovery of aquatic species at risk.

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk 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.

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk - Aquatic Program supports Indigenous organizations and communities to participate in the conservation and recovery of aquatic species at risk. 

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