Pacific Salmon Foundation

Pacific Salmon Foundation

September 19, 2013 12:00 ET

New Funds Available for Pacific Salmon Projects

Federal budget provides another $1 million from Salmon Stamp user fees

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Sept. 19, 2013) - The Pacific Salmon Foundation is encouraging volunteer environmental organizations to apply for project funds through the foundation's Community Salmon Program. Significantly more 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 Recreational Fisheries Conservation Stamp, commonly called the Salmon Conservation Stamp. Applications must be submitted by 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. "As a result of the change in this year's budget, we will now see a return of 100 per cent of salmon stamp user fees to British Columbia. That means almost $1 million in additional funds for Pacific salmon conservation annually."

The application window closes at 12:00 pm, noon, October 1, 2013. Interested groups are urged to contact their Fisheries and Oceans Community Advisor and other supporters to request expertise and project support as soon as possible. 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 applicants should check eligible costs for projects as there are exclusions under the current agreement with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Funding criteria is on the foundation's website at psf.ca.

All applications must be submitted by email 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 under the programs area in Community Salmon Programs. Another funding round will occur with applications due in February 2014.

About the Pacific Salmon Foundation:

The Pacific Salmon Foundation was created in 1987 as an independent, non-governmental, charitable organization to protect, conserve and rebuild Pacific Salmon populations in British Columbia and the Yukon. The Foundation's mission is to be the trusted voice for conservation and restoration of wild Pacific salmon and their ecosystems and works to bring salmon back stream by stream through the strategic use of resources and local communities (www.psf.ca).

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