The Conservation Trust came into existence in 2018 as part of Manitoba’s Climate and Green Plan to fund activities that create, conserve, or enhance natural infrastructure for the benefit of Manitobans. The Conservation Trust is held by the Winnipeg Foundation and revenue from the Trust will be granted to eligible organizations by Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC).

MHHC will issue an annual call for proposals that will invite grant applications from Manitoba-based not-for-profit organizations for projects that benefit watersheds, habitat and wildlife, connecting people and nature, advancing innovation and conservation planning, and enhancing soil health on Manitoba’s working landscapes. Ultimately, recipients of Conservation Trust revenues will deliver a broad range of ecological goods and services outcomes to Manitobans.

The activities funded by the Conservation Trust will conserve biodiversity, increase production of harvestable wildlife, mitigate floods and droughts, improve water quality by decreasing nutrients and other pollutants entering waterways, improve climate change mitigation through carbon sequestration and reduction of other greenhouse gases, improve soil health and decrease soil erosion. Projects will also provide other values to Manitobans, such as improving recreational opportunities.

The Conservation Trust fund uses a two-stage online application process:
Stage 1: Letter of Interest (LOI) due: January 15, 2019
Stage 2: Accepted LOIs proceed to full project application

Conservation Trust Staff

Kreesta Doucette

Kreesta brings over twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector to the Conservation Trust Team. Her undergraduate agro-ecological thesis used reseeded native species fed to cattle to revegetate rangelands. Kreesta completed her Masters in Rural Planning and is pleased to be able to combine this with her background in non-profit management. She has developed grant programs at the local and national level.

Gabrielle Miller

Gabrielle brings ten years of conservation experience to the Conservation Trust Team. Her undergraduate thesis evaluated the use of lichen as an air quality indicator and her Master’s thesis focused on Riparian Health Assessment and Remote Sensing. Gabrielle is the lead for the Wetland Inventory Project and has a diversity of technical and field expertise along with extensive grant experience.

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