Species At Risk

Species at Risk Stewardship Fund

Caring today to protect tomorrow

It’s up to everyone to protect Ontario’s species at risk today so we can keep enjoying our province’s rich biodiversity for generations to come. The Endangered Species Act places a high priority on stewardship and engaging individuals in protection and recovery. That’s why one of the cornerstones of the act is the Species at Risk Stewardship Fund.

How the fund works

The Species at Risk Stewardship Fund was established in 2007 to encourage people to start getting involved or continue their commitment to protection and recovery through stewardship activities.

The fund is open to individuals and groups across the province, including:

  • Aboriginal communities / organizations
  • Academic institutions
  • Conservation Authorities
  • Individual businesses
  • Industry organizations
  • Land owners and farmers
  • Municipal and local governments
  • Non-government organizations
  • Ontario Stewardship councils

More ways to get involved

Want to learn some other ways that you can help species at risk? Find out what you can do now.

Funding for farmers and other land owners

If you’re a farmer or land owner, find out about incentive programs that support stewardship efforts on your land.

Funding criteria

Wondering if your project or activity is eligible for stewardship funding?

See how the ministry applies funding criteria

For more detailed information about eligibility criteria, you can look at the 2012/2013 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund Guidelines. Please note that the 2012/13 Guidelines should only be used as a reference. The Guidelines will be updated when a new call for proposals is released.

Application forms and guidelines are also available by e-mail at SAR.stewardship@ontario.ca.

Funding opportunities for 2012/2013

The funding window to submit an application for the 2012/13 Species at Risk Stewardship Fund is now closed.
Please check back for any future funding opportunities.


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.