A new fund suppoorts environmental conservation projects in the South Okanagan. (File photo)

Conservation fund ready for applications

The South Okanagan Conservation Fund is ready for its first round of grants

Applications are now open for the inaugural South Okanagan Conservation Fund.

“This is a new era for conservation and sustainability in the South Okanagan,” said Bryn White, program manager for SOSCP. “I am thrilled to be a part of this innovative and forward-thinking program.”

Approved last year, the fund is a dedicated source of locally-generated funding for the purpose of undertaking environmental conservation projects in participating areas of the South Okanagan. Non-profit organizations are able to apply to support their activities, projects, and works that include, but are not limited to, water, environment, wildlife, land and habitat conservation efforts to protect natural areas.

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“These local funds empower our region to address key challenges and opportunities for sustainability,” said White. “They enable conservation organizations to further leverage additional funding from outside the region, adding significant value to our communities and to this local investment.”

The application deadline is Sept. 29. A technical review committee, established this summer by the RDOS, is set to review project proposals and make recommendations to the RDOS for final funding approval.

“This type of funding in other regions in B.C. has been tremendously successful and I look forward to seeing the great work that will be accomplished in the South Okanagan,” said Karla Kozakevich, RDOS chair.

  • September 1 – Call For Proposals
  • September 29 – Applications Due
  • October – RDOS and Technical Advisory Committee Review
  • December – RDOS Board of Director’s Final Approval
  • January – Applicants Notified
  • February – Funding Agreement Documents Finalized