Rainy Lake Fisheries Charity Trust
The purpose of the Rainy Lake Fisheries Charity Trust is to promote a healthy Rainy Lake and Rainy River ecosystem; maintain healthy Rainy Lake and Rainy River fishery; and encourage future recreational fisheries research projects through community-based partnerships. The ultimate goal of the Trust is to conserve a healthy Rainy Lake and Rainy River ecosystem for present and future generations, while engaging local communities in the acquisition of new knowledge and improved resource management.
Specific objectives of the Trust are to improve the scientific basis for management of the recreational fishery by supporting research, and the development of fisheries expertise. New information will contribute to effective decision-making and conservation efforts at the local level, and possibly to fisheries policy and management at the provincial level. The Trust will also create local interest and awareness of the social and economic benefits to be derived from a healthy Rainy Lake and Rainy River fishery. A better public understanding of the significance of the recreational fishery and the aquatic environment will only help to preserve the benefits the lake provides to the local community.
Funding priority is given to projects that address fisheries research needs specific to the recreational fishery or the aquatic ecosystem in Rainy Lake and Rainy River. Preference will be given to projects that directly involve an educational institution (MSc or PhD), and are relevant to the management needs of smallmouth bass, such as species ecology, fish community interactions, socio-economics of the recreational fishery or competitive fishing events. A list of potential research needs is provided in Appendix III.
Funding will be made on a year-to-year basis, at the discretion of the Board of Trustees.
Canadian universities are eligible to apply, and preference may be given to proposals that directly involve a M.Sc. or Ph.D.
RLFCT is able to provide partnership funding to a maximum amount of $10,000/project, based on an allotment of $10,000/yr for a one-year project or $5,000/yr for a two-year project. The RLFCT is prepared to work with successful applicants to seek additional funding opportunities or in-kind support.
One to two years.
How to Apply
The RLFCT is prepared to accept pre-proposals at any time, and the Board of Trustees will notify the applicant within 2 months, to decline their support or to invite a more detailed full proposal. The Trust hopes to complete a thorough review of the full proposals submitted up to and including August 15, 2019, for possible funding in 2019/20.
If invited to full proposal, please submit an OR5 and copy of the full proposal to the Office of Research Services one week prior to the RLFCT deadline. Please email documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org.