Applications Open for Species at Risk Stewardship Program

Published on January 08, 2021

As part of the Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, the government is committed to conserving the province’s rich biodiversity by protecting and recovering species at risk and their habitats.

Ontario is investing up to $4.5 million to help protect and recover plants and animals that are in danger of disappearing in the province.

The funding will be provided to non-profit organizations, Indigenous communities and other groups through the Species at Risk Stewardship Program for on-the-ground projects that help preserve species at risk and their habitats.

Over 80 projects were approved for funding in 2020-21 including:

  • The Grasslands Stewardship Initiative, led by Forests Ontario, which aims to support the conservation and recovery of Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark populations.
  • A project led by Matawa First Nations Management to deliver stewardship, outreach and education activities surrounding at-risk bat species.
  • The Kettleby Creek Barrier Removal Project, led by Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation, which will provide critical support for the conservation and recovery of aquatic species at risk and their habitats.

Applications for funding for the 2021-2022 Species at Risk Stewardship Program are now open. Individuals, communities and organizations have until 3 p.m. February 9, 2021 to apply.

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For more information on:

Species at Risk Stewardship Program projects, click here

Grants for protecting species at risk, click here

Species at Risk Stewardship Program application guidelines, click here