As part of its ongoing commitment to conserve and enhance fish and wildlife, the Manitoba government has approved $473,000 for new projects this year through the Fish and Wildlife Enhancement Fund (FWEF), Natural Resources and Northern Development Minister Greg Nesbitt announced on Friday.

“Protecting and enriching provincial fish and wildlife populations is a priority for the Manitoba government, and we know that many agencies and organizations working in the field are well-positioned to develop initiatives that support sustainability through innovation,” said Nesbitt. “I am pleased to announce that $473,000 for new project approvals this year will help conserve, manage and enhance fish and wildlife species across our great province.”

The new projects will focus on infrastructure improvements across the province, such as the installation of boat launches and floating docks, wildlife management area enhancements, and educational campaigns to enhance community engagement with Manitobans, the minister noted.

The Manitoba government is also announcing an additional $750,000 contribution to support the 2024 FWEF grant process, which is now underway. In order for applications to be considered in this round of proposals, letters of intent must be submitted by Sept. 1.

Non-profit groups, local agencies and research organizations can apply for funding for initiatives that conserve and enhance Manitoba’s fish and wildlife populations, including those that:

  • study fish and wildlife populations.
  • promote sustainable and ethical hunting and angling practices through education.
  • protect or improve critical fish and wildlife production habitat; and
  • secure property to provide public access to angling and hunting opportunities or to protect critical fish and wildlife production habitat.

Every year, the Manitoba government contributes 10 per cent of the annual fees collected from recreational angling, hunting and trapping licences, as well as all restitution payments collected from fish and wildlife infractions, and all voluntary donations to the fund.

For information on how to apply to the FWEF, visit

To view funded projects for 2023, visit here