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Current Funding Opportunities

Climate Action and Awareness Fund – Request for Proposals Open

On September 17, 2020 the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change announced the launch of the Climate Action and Awareness Fund that will support projects that strengthen Canada’s overall capacity to understand and take action against climate change. The Fund brings together contributions from the existing Climate Action Fund, as well as a significant investment from the Environmental Damages Fund.

As part of the new fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada has opened a request for proposals for Community-based climate action projects that develop knowledge, tools and/or skills that lead to or engage communities in climate action. This request for proposals will provide between $100,000 to $6 million for eligible projects; up to $50 million over five years is available.

To be eligible for funding under this request for proposals, lead applicants must be one of the following:

  • not-for-profit non-governmental organization
  • university or academic institution
  • Indigenous organization

If you are interested in advancing climate action and have a project idea that meets the requirements of the request for proposals, please apply now. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 11:59pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on October 21, 2020.

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Aujourd’hui, le ministre de l’Environnement et du Changement climatique, l’honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, a annoncé le lancement du Fonds d’action et de sensibilisation pour le climat qui soutiendra des projets pour renforcer l’ensemble de la capacité du Canada à comprendre et à prendre des actions pour lutter contre le changement climatique. Le Fonds regroupe des contributions du Fonds pour le climat existant ainsi qu’un investissement important du Fonds pour dommages à l’environnement.

Dans le cadre du Fonds, Environnement et Changement climatique Canada a lancé une demande de propositions pour des projets communautaires d’action climatique en matière de développement de connaissance, d’outils et/ou de capacités qui suscitent ou engagent les communautés dans des actions climatiques. Cette demande de propositions fournira entre 100 000 $ jusqu’à 6 millions de dollars pour les projets admissibles; jusqu’à 50 millions de dollars au cours d’une période de 5 ans sont disponibles.

Afin d’être admissible au financement dans le cadre de cette demande de propositions, les demandeurs principaux doivent être dans l’une des catégories suivantes:

  • organisme non-gouvernemental sans but lucratif
  • université ou institution de recherche
  • organisme autochtone

Si vous souhaitez faire progresser l’action en faveur du climat et si vous avez un projet qui satisfait aux exigences de cette demande de propositions, veuillez présenter une demande maintenant. La date limite pour soumettre une proposition est le 21 octobre 2020 à 23 h 59 min heure avancée de l’Est (HAE).

Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program – Call for Expressions of Interest

  • Eligible applicants: First Nation band councils, tribal councils and associations, and governments of self-governing First Nation communities in Canada.
  • Description of program: The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program at CIRNAC is currently accepting Expressions of Interest for community-based climate monitoring projects. The program has $2.3 million in funding available for April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022 for First Nations projects and $2.6 million in subsequent years. We anticipate funding approximately 20 First Nations projects per year. Applicants can apply for up to three years of funding. There are two streams of funding, “Emerging” and “Experienced,” so that applicants with a range of experience levels have the opportunity to receive funding.
  • Purpose of Program: To generate information using Indigenous Knowledge Systems and science for informing climate change adaptation efforts.
  • Application Deadline: Applications are for projects that would begin in the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year (April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022). The deadline to apply is Friday, October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.
  • How to apply: For more information on the application process, visit our program’s webpage. In addition, information webinars will be held in English and French on Thursday, September 24 and Wednesday, September 30, 2020. To register for one of these webinars, contact the program at aadnc.surveillanceclimat-climatemonitoring.aandc@canada.ca.

Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program – Last Call for Proposals for First Nations Funding

  • The final call for proposals under the Pilot Program for the 2021-2022 First Nations Tier 1 Initiatives is open from August 31st, 2020 to November 30, 2020. If you wish to apply for funding, and have not received the application package, please email ec.gardiensautochtones-indigenousguardians.ec@canada.ca.
  • Please continue to monitor the Pilot Program webpage (canada.ca/indigenous-guardians) for more information as it becomes available.
  • The multi-year funding envelop for Inuit, Métis and First Nations community-based initiatives (Tier 2) and networks (Tier 3) has already been fully allocated. There are no further rounds of funding planned for these Tiers at this time.

Past Funding Opportunities

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk

  • Eligible applicants: All Indigenous communities and organizations located in Canada are eligible for funding
  • Description of program: This fund supports Indigenous capacity with respect to species at risk and funds projects that prevent other species from becoming a conservation concern
  • Application deadline: February 27, 2020, at noon (Pacific Time)
  • Web link: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/aboriginal-fund-species-risk.html
  • Note: In order to be eligible, proposed projects must target species that are listed on schedule 1 of Canada’s Species at Risk Act (SARA) or species that have been assessed by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) as endangered, threatened, or of special concern but have not yet been listed on Schedule 1 of SARA

Atlantic Ecosystems Initiatives

Environmental Damages Fund

  • Eligible applicants: Indigenous organizations in Canada
  • Description of program: The Environmental Damages Fund (EDF) is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit Canada’s natural environment. The EDF helps to ensure that environmental good follows environmental harm by supporting projects with measurable outcomes in Canadian communities
  • Application deadline: February 18, 2020
  • Web link: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/environmental-funding/programs/environmental-damages-fund.html
  • Note: Priority is given to projects that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife, followed by:
    • Environmental quality improvement initiatives
    • Research and development on environmental restoration and improvement
    • Education and awareness on issues affecting the health of the natural environment

Great Lakes Protection Initiative

  • Eligible applicants: Indigenous governments, communities, organizations, individuals, boards, commissions, associations and authorities, including:
    • Indigenous not-for-profit organizations
    • District councils, Chiefs Councils and Tribal Councils
    • Indigenous research, academic and educational institutions
    • Indigenous for-profit organizations
  • Description of program: This initiative addresses the most significant environmental challenges affecting Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health. The projects we fund help us deliver on Canada’s commitments under the Canada-United States Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement to:
    • Restore areas of concern
    • Prevent toxic and nuisance algae
    • Reduce releases of harmful chemicals
    • Engage Indigenous Peoples
    • Engage the public through citizen science
  • Application deadline: Applications for projects that support the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority will be accepted until March 17, 2020
  • Web link: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection/funding.html
  • Note: there are several different funding streams for each priority. The link to the engaging Indigenous Peoples priority is: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/great-lakes-protection/funding/engaging-indigenous-peoples-addressing-issues.html

Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk

Indigenous fund for community-based environmental monitoring

  • Eligible applicants: Indigenous communities are eligible to receive funding through the program if:
    • they are located within the Oil Sands Monitoring (OSM) program boundaries (defined by provincial oil sands deposits layer) or
    • they have a designated interest in the OSM area (defined by the 160-km interim buffer under the Alberta Environment and Parks’ Métis Harvesting Policy 2010).
  • Description of program: The Government of Canada has committed up to $2 million annually to develop capacity for community-based environmental monitoring in the oil sands region that is designed and led by Indigenous communities.  This funding opportunity will build capacity and provide an opportunity for community leadership in environmental monitoring design and implementation.
  • Application deadline: Tuesday, 10 March 2020, midnight Eastern Time.
  • Web link: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/oil-sands-monitoring/community-based-monitoring.html#toc5

Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP)

  • Organization: ArticNet
  • Description of Program: ArcticNet is proud to support the release of the Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP)’s Call for Research Ideas. The INRP is an Inuit-led, governed and directed program, that works to fund Inuit-led research and knowledge holders to engage in studies that are relevant and prioritized for Inuit Nunangat.
  • Eligible Applicants: The members and organizations of the Inuit Advisory Committee (IAC) invite all Inuit to submit research project ideas in their preferred language and format. All submissions will be reviewed by the IAC, and those invited to submit full proposals will be provided support, where needed.
  • Application Deadline: July 24, 2020.
  • Organization Webpage: https://arcticnet.ulaval.ca/north-north
  • INRP Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/615897996005879

Lake Winnipeg Basin Program

  • Eligible applicants: domestic Indigenous governments, organizations, boards, commissions, communities, associations and authorities
  • Description of program: Large and frequent algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg are the result of high nutrient levels from transboundary sources such as agriculture, industry, municipal wastewater and surface run-off.  To improve the ecological health of the lake and its basin, we funds projects that:
    • Reduce nutrient loading
    • Enhance collaboration
    • Support enhanced engagement of Indigenous Peoples
  • Application deadline: Letters of intent are due February 6, 2020. Eligible applicants will be invited to submit a project proposal. The deadline for the full project proposal is March 17, 2020
  • Web link: https://www.canada.ca/en/environment-climate-change/services/water-overview/comprehensive-approach-clean/lake-winnipeg/funding.html

PromoScience Program – Call for Applications

  • Organization: Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)
  • Description and Eligibility: NSERC invites applications for initiatives that promote the natural sciences and engineering to Canada’s young people, particularly to groups such as girls and Indigenous peoples that are under-represented in scientific and engineering careers. Taking equity and diversity into account, NSERC may support additional meritorious applications that focus on under-represented groups if sufficient funds become available. PromoScience supports activities and content designed for youth in elementary school, high school (including those in the equivalent first year of college in Quebec) and their teachers, and activities that will encourage Indigenous undergraduate students to pursue graduate studies in natural sciences and engineering.
  • Application Deadline: September 15, 2020 at 8pm EST.
  • Web link: https://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Promoter-Promotion/PromoScience-PromoScience/CallApplication-AppelDemande_eng.asp