Species At Risk

Species at Risk Stewardship Fund Funding Criteria

Fund objectives

The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund has three objectives:

  • Improving the status of species at risk and their habitats by supporting stewardship and recovery actions
  • Encouraging stewardship and multi-partner approaches to species at risk protection and recovery
  • Inspiring and enabling people to become involved in species at risk stewardship through outreach, youth employment opportunities and the provision of related tools and techniques.

High-priority actions

The ministry will consider all project proposals targeted to plants or animals on the Species at Risk in Ontario List. However, high-priority categories are reviewed and established each year.

Below is a list of the 2012/2013 priority categories. This list should be used only as a reference. Priority categories will be updated when a new call for proposals is released.

  1. Projects that focus on activities that directly implement recovery actions for species with an existing government response statement or recovery strategy or focus on other identified priority specie at risk
  2. Projects that identify activities or actions that can support the achievement of overall benefit for identified priority species at risk
  3. Projects that focus on activities or actions that address broader biodiversity, ecosystems and/or multi-species approaches

Legal authorizations

Prior to submitting a funding application, you should check if you may also need some form of legal authorization, such as a permit or other authorization from the federal or municipal levels of government. You can look at the 2012–13 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund guidelines for examples of projects that might require various authorizations.

Who determines which species are "at risk"?


The Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario is an independent team of experts that classifies and lists new species at risk.

Get the basics on the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund


Find out about the fund and how it helps protect species at risk.

Have more questions on the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund?


Contact us by e-mail at SAR.stewardship@ontario.ca.

The Endangered Species Act


Contact your local ministry office


Often the best source of local information on species at risk is your nearest ministry office. Call with your questions or concerns.