About the Seed Grant Program
Wildlife Preservation Canada is providing wildflower seed grants to restore and build important pollinator habitat all across Canada.
Grants of up to $2000 will be awarded to community groups or individuals. The application deadline for 2020 has passed. Please check back in spring 2021 for details about next year’s grant program.
Meet the 2020 seed grant recipients:
The winning applicants submitted seed planting and stewardship plans that were well researched, and demonstrated their commitment to the project for years to come. Most of all, the winners all had a strong desire to create habitat that will support native pollinators that are at risk of extinction due to habitat loss in their communities.
Location: Tomahawk, Alberta
Habitat: Mixed wood boreal
About: The proposed pollinator planting will be integrated into a new eco-buffer shelterbelt on Tomahawk Ranch, a 14,000 acre property within the Mixwood Boreal. By increasing wildflower abundance and diversity, the association hopes to attract greater diversity and abundance of pollinators such as bees, butterflies, moths and beetles. The wildflower seed mix will be interspersed along the edges of the new eco-buffer shelterbelt, which will be approximately 160m long by 15m wide and planted with pollinator friendly shrubs like pincherry, chokecherry and raspberry.
Project managed by: Alberta Conservation Association
Location: Strait of Georgia, British Columbia
About: The Denman Conservancy Association has a butterfly reserve at this property, and a pollinator garden for propagation of host species for Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly and other pollinators. The Reserve is for scientific monitoring access only, but the garden is open to the public. Wildflower seeds will be dispersed within 3.6 hectares of butterfly reserve area, including a pollinator garden. his dune restoration project aims to restore eroding beach and dune habitats, while creating visually appealing and ecologically functional spaces for residents and native pollinators alike.
Project managed by: Denman Conservancy Association
Location: Helliwell Provincial Park, Hornby Island, British Columbia
About: This project focuses on habitat stewardship and restoration for Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly and Dun Skipper butterfly. Both these butterflies have restricted Canadian ranges within highly threatened the sparsely vegetated Garry Oak ecosystems and maritime meadows of southern Vancouver Island and the adjacent Gulf Islands. The area to be seeded includes 12 – 14 specific areas (approx. 25m2) within a 2 – 3ha area of habitat. These areas are bare patches of ground, where small conifers and shrubs have been removed.
Project managed by:
BC Parks and Protected Areas, provincial crown
Location: Salisbury, New Brunswick
About: The wildflower gardens will provide habitat and food for pollinators that will support the surrounding vegetable, berry and fruit gardens at the schools and the Village of Salisbury community gardens. It will support greater species bio-diversity and species at risk in New Brunswick, such as the monarch butterfly and yellow banded bumble bee. It will also supply expanded opportunities for outdoor learning and skills development for the students through programs like the Butterfly Rangers program.
Project managed by: Riverview School
Location: Garden City, Ontario
About: This project involves two-parts. The first part involves planting native wildflower seeds in an environmentally degraded area and along the Trap Rock hiking area, approximately .5 hectares. The second part of this project is to make wildflower seed packages available for community members. The project has multiple benefits to the local environment and surrounding community. These benefits include early stages of remediation for environmentally damaged area, creating more habitat for species at risk insects, and planting traditional indigenous medicines and foods. It is important to have this project name in the Ojibwa language so that all of the community know that waawaaskwane means flower in Ojibwa.
Location: Toronto, Ontario
About: As part of our ongoing initiative, “Youth and Community Greening the Rouge Watershed,” Friends of the Rouge Watershed works to plant native trees, shrubs, and wildflowers across our designated restoration sites (approximately 1 hectare) in the spring and fall of each year. The project will support current species which include monarch, viceroy, black swallowtail, tier swallowtail, red admiral, and white admiral butterflies; insects, including praying mantis, western honey bee, common eastern bumble bee, two spotted bumble bee, carpenter bee, beetles, damsel flies; and birds, including the ruby-throated hummingbird.
Project managed by: City of Toronto
Location: Selwyn, Ontario
About: A total of 0.1686 hectares, with 4 separate planting areas will include a private residence, a mini orchard, and area where patients living with multiple sclerosis can enjoy a quiet country setting. The initiative will ultimately provide a safe haven for pollinators with ecosystem diversity. Current habitat includes bumble bees, many species of bees, wasps, hover flies, monarch butterflies, moths, beetles and ants. The addition of the wildflower seed grant may in time attract mason bees, leaf cutter bees and a wider variety of pollinators. In the surrounding area, there are wetlands with a host of spring peepers and frogs, a small fallow field, many rock berms and a nearby wooded habitat.