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BC First Nations Caribou Recovery Implementation Fund


About the Initiative and Applications to the Fund

Caribou project

About the Initiative

The BC First Nations Caribou Recovery Implementation Fund (FNCRIF) has been developed to provide an additional means for First Nations communities and organizations to advance recovery efforts for threatened caribou herds in British Columbia. The fund is envisioned to generate new, collaborative, First Nations-led caribou recovery actions rooted in traditional knowledge and scientific understanding.

Two streams of funding — seed funding for developing a project proposal, and multi-year funding (1 to 2 years) for implementation of a recovery initiative — are designed to offer flexibility, support in development, and consistency for longer-term initiatives.

FNCRIF is focused on projects that support and promote the recovery of caribou listed as “threatened” under the federal Species and Risk Act (SARA) and includes the following herds: Boreal, Southern Mountain-Northern Group, Southern Mountain – Central Group, and Southern Mountain – Southern Group. A herd map is below.



Program Goals

Objectives of this funding opportunity are to:

  1. Promote and support community-based and First Nations-led recovery implementation projects for threatened caribou populations within B.C.;

  2. Further build and develop support for First Nations-driven actions toward caribou herd recovery in B.C.; and

  3. Enable First Nations to leverage funding from other sources.

The FNCRIF is administered by the Fraser Basin Council (FBC) and made possible by contributions from the Province of British Columbia’s Caribou Recovery Program.


Who Can Apply?

All First Nations communities (with traditional territory within British Columbia) and First Nations organizations are eligible for funding, including:

  • First Nations not-for-profit and for-profit organizations that focus on animal stewardship
  • Territorially based First Nations groups
  • Chief’s councils, District councils, and Tribal councils
  • First Nations corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, and groups
  • First Nations-led research, academic, and educational institutions
  • First Nations-led cultural education centres
  • First Nations-led land/resource management authorities
  • First Nations-led societies, boards, and commissions
  • Other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients

The Fraser Basin Council will accept one application per community or organization per year. Multiple small projects may be combined into one application. If so, the applicant should make clear the objectives and predicted outcomes of each project and identify all the project partners.


How Much Funding is Available?

There are two streams of funding available.

  1. Seed funding, up to $10,000, is available to applicants to explore options, acquire or refine expertise in preparation for activity implementation, or secure expertise to refine a proposal. Applicants may apply for seed funding only once.

  2. Implementation Funding is available for projects that are 1-2 years in duration, up to $75,000 per year (consideration for projects of higher value may be given in special circumstances to a maximum of $150,000. Implementation Funding can be managed across fiscal years.


What Activities are Eligible?

Eligible project activities could include:

  • Documentation and Use of Traditional Knowledge
  • Surveys, Inventories and Monitoring
  • Species and Habitat Threat Abatement
  • Project Evaluation
  • Stewardship Training, Outreach and Education

Note: Updated Guidelines and Application Form Will be Posted Soon for the June 1 - 30 Application Period



How Projects are Chosen for Funding

The FNCRIF Advisory Committee provides the external and final review to support a transparent and fair proposal process and recommends approval of proposals for funding to Fraser Basin Council (FBC). Proposals submitted to the program will be subject first to an administrative screening for completeness and eligibility by FBC staff. Eligible proposals will be forwarded to the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program team for review for potential conflicts or alignment with provincial caribou recovery strategies. (Please note: more complex applications may require thoughtful consideration. If an application cannot be reviewed in the application review window, they will be managed as part of the next funding intake period. If this occurs, all parties (including the FNCRIF Advisory Committee) will be notified.)

The FNCRIF Advisory Committee will provide a final technical review aimed at ensuring that technically sound proposals are put forward for funding. This Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually and revised as needed.


Program Timelines

Caribou Program Process & Timeline (*Dates may vary)

Program process and timeline

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Caribou Seed Funding Applications


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BC Caribou Recovery Program Glossary of Caribou Terms


Links to Additional Information

BC Government Provincial Caribou Recovery Program

Caribou habitat restoration funding: visit the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation site for more info

Development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA), through Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR)


Contact Us

For more information about the fund or application process, please email 




 © BC GOV Photo: Doug Heard

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350