National Wetland Conservation Fund

The National Wetland Conservation Fund (NWCF) supports on-the-ground activities to restore and enhance wetlands in Canada. The objectives of the fund are to:

  • Restore degraded or lost wetlands on working and settled landscapes to achieve a net gain in wetland habitat area;
  • Enhance the ecological functions of existing degraded wetlands;
  • Scientifically assess and monitor wetland functions and ecological goods and services in order to further the above objectives to restore and/or enhance wetlands; and
  • Encourage the stewardship of Canada’s wetlands by industry and the stewardship and enjoyment of wetlands by the Canadian public.  

The NWCF focuses on working landscapes.

The annual call for proposals for 2017-18 has ended. The next annual call for proposals for 2018-19 will take place in the fall 2017.


Agency Name: 
Canadian Wildlife Service
Contact Name: 
Gillian Laird, grant facilitator U of Lethbridge. Email: | (403) 329-2101
Grant Amount: 
Funding is variable and depends on the project. Typical funding ranges from $50,000 to $250,000 per year, with a maximum amount available of $500,000 per year per project. A minimum of 1:1 matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required ($1 confirmed match for each $1 of NWCF funding).
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Grant Area: 
Natural Science
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