Application time for the Regional Park Enhancement Fund (PEF).



It’s application time for the Regional Park Enhancement Fund (PEF).

A person in the forest moving a cut piece of a fallen tree.
Mountain Madness Trail Running, Trail Clearing, E. C. Manning Provincial Park

This Regional PEF funding is intended to support community-led conservation and recreation projects in parks across the province. From volunteers to local scientists, Regional PEF funding is a wonderful way for BC Parks to support our local parks partners.    

A total of $180,000 is available across the province with $30,000 being allocated to each of our six regions.  

Click here for the 2022_23 Regional PEF Application Form – Fillable Form.  Applications are due Tuesday May 31, 2022. 

Eligibility Requirements 

  • Funding requests must not exceed $5,000 per project. 
  • Projects must be completed by March 31, 2023.  
  • Projects must be led by volunteers or community partners.  
  • Projects must take place in or be related to BC Parks. 
  • Applicants must have support for the project from local BC Parks staff prior to applying for funding.  
  • Projects must align with a relevant park management plan. 
  • Projects must fit within one of the following categories:  
    • Conservation – research, invasive species removal, monitoring, restoration, etc.  
    • Recreation – trail and facility enhancements, interpretation/education, diversity and inclusion, community engagement and events, visitor experience, etc.   

Who can apply? 

  • Indigenous partners and community groups  
  • BC Parks volunteers  
  • Academic researchers  

    A moth sitting on a branch.
    BC Nature Photography project, Kakwa Provincial Park
  • Non-profit organizations  
  • Park operators  

There has been a wide range of regional PEF projects funded in previous years that greatly enhance BC Parks and enriched the public’s enjoyment of parks while protecting cultural and conservation values. Some funded projects include: 

  • Kitasoo/ Xai’xais First Nations’ bear Viewing study in the K’ootz/Khute Conservancy. 
  • Specimen collection and photography in Kakwa Provincial Park with BC Nature. 
  • Introducing Conservation to Immigrants with the South Okanagan Immigrant and Community Services. 
  • Summer Environmental Programs with the Kokanee Creek Nature Centre.
  • Strathcona Park Backcountry Trail and Facility Maintenance with the Comox District Mountaineering Club.  
  • Henry Ruckle house garden area restoration with Friends of Ruckle Park Heritage Society.              
  • Clayoquot Sound Marine Plastics Remediation and Surfrider Pacific Rim Love your Beach Clean with the Coastal Restoration Society.        

Questions on your application this year?  Contact your local BC Parks employee or email BCParks.Volunteers@gov.bc.ca 

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