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The Species at Risk Action Fund (SARAF) aims to improve the status of Species at Risk (SAR) and their habitats by supporting species inventories and management planning on ecologically sensitive lands by eligible recipients.

OLTA currently holds funding from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks’ Species at Risk Stewardship Program. Through this grant, we are able to support small grants to member land trusts in their work to protect and recover SAR on their properties.

The SARAF fund will support SAR inventory projects, property management plan (PMP) costs and/or direct habitat management actions. Eligible projects will be those undertaken since May 31, 2022 OR that will be completed before January 20, 2023.

Funding has been made available through support provided by the Government of Ontario.

Please review the SARAF Guidelines document below for the Fall 2022 funding priorities.

Completed applications and all documentation are to be submitted by 5:00 PM on Monday, November 7, 2022.

Completed applications and all documentation are to be submitted electronically via Foundant Technologies grant application portal.

Applicants will need to create a user account. The link contains instructions and tutorials on how to create an account and access the Apply dashboard.

Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Applicants will receive an automatic email from Foundant at the time of submission. Applicants are responsible for contacting OLTA shortly thereafter if they do not receive a confirmation e-mail.

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Conservation of Ontario’s rich biodiversity is a shared responsibility. The Greenlands Conservation Partnership program (GCPP) is a plan to conserve ecologically important natural areas and contribute to the government’s climate change objectives. The Province committed in the Fall 2020 budget to partially match private contributions to the Greenlands Conservation Partnership program with the Recipient. The government is committed to strengthening conservation partnerships to preserve more areas of significant ecological importance, protect natural areas and promote the importance of healthy, natural spaces.

This funding cycle represents the third year of a four-year fund. The current funding cycle has a focus on supporting projects that acquire and manage ecologically sensitive lands. Applications are being accepted in order to consider support for:

  • Land acquisition – fee simple or conservation easement agreement.
  • Associated costs of land acquisition.
  • Restoration and stewardship costs on properties secured through this program, in this or previous rounds.
  • Outreach events focused on increasing the availability of green spaces and trails for the people of Ontario to enjoy on properties secured through this program.

Organizations may submit up to a maximum of three applications with a total recommended request between $5,000 and $500,000. Each project must be at least $5,000 submitted through its own application. In the order of $1,350,000.00 is available for this round.

Eligible Securement Projects must have a transaction closing date between February 1, 2022 and January 31, 2023. Project expenses related to securement must be incurred between January 1, 2022 and February 22, 2023. Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach activities and expenses are only eligible from the property closing date to February 22, 2023.

Eligible Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach Projects must be completed between January 1, 2022 and February 22, 2023, on properties previously secured through the GCPP. Expenses for Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach Projects are eligible from January 1, 2022 to February 22, 2023.

Completed applications and all documentation are to be submitted electronically via this:

Foundant Technologies grant application portal

Applicants will need to create a user account. The link contains instructions and tutorials on how to create an account and access the Apply dashboard. Applications must be submitted by 5 pm on Monday, February 7th, 2022. There are two application forms in the grant application portal – one for Securement Projects, and one for Stewardship/Restoration/Outreach Projects. Please refer to the information on Project Eligibility outlined in the OLTA GCPP Guidelines for Applications document to determine which application form is required for your Project. You will need to submit multiple attachments with your application directly through Foundant. It is recommended to use reduced file sizes where possible. Please contact the OLTA office if you have any problems or questions.

BEFORE completing the CP application, please thoroughly review the following documents: