Salmon funds available

Extra money is available this year for environmental projects thanks to the federal budget

The Pacific Salmon Foundation is encouraging volunteer environmental organizations to apply for project funds through the foundation’s Community Salmon Program.

About $1 million more in funding is available for grants this year because the 2013 federal budget allowed for the allocation of more funds generated through user fees via the Salmon Conservation Stamp.

Applications must be submitted by 12 p.m. on October 1, 2013 for Pacific salmon conservation and restoration projects that can be completed by the fall of 2014.

“For many years, British Columbia received one dollar from the sale of each six-dollar salmon stamp, which the Pacific Salmon Foundation used to support community grants,” said Brian Riddell, president and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.

Interested groups should contact their Fisheries and Oceans Community advisor to request expertise and project support. Groups that require assistance with the application process are welcome to contact the foundation’s coordinator Jim Shinkewski at jshinkewski@psf.ca or 604-664-7664 ext. 112.

All applications must be submitted by e-mail to jshinkewski@psf.ca and a mailed backup copy must also be post-marked by October 1, 2013.

The application form is available on the foundation’s website. Another funding round will occur with applications due in February, 2014.