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Current 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

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