Current Funding Opportunities

Federal Environmental Funding for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis – Multiple Programs

Below are PDF guides for current Federal funding programs for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis. There are four areas of focus:

  • Food Security,
  • Infrastructure
  • Economic Development
  • Climate Change and Adaptation

These guides will be updated quarterly. Click on the links below to access the PDF’s:

(Information provided by Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Call for Proposals for First Nations Guardians Initiatives in 2022-2023 (Tiers 1, 2, and 3)

Deadline: January 10, 2022


This First Nations Guardians Initiative funds First Nations communities, Nations, Networks, governments, and/or representative organizations to exercise their rights and responsibilities to the land, waters, and ice of their traditional territories. It does this by providing funding towards First Nations-led, on the ground, community-based stewardship initiatives and networks.


What are Indigenous Guardians?

While there is no single definition of Indigenous Guardians, they can be understood as Indigenous Peoples exercising their cultural responsibilities through on-the-ground stewardship initiatives on their traditional lands, waters and ice. They act as the “eyes and ears on the ground.”

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants are First Nations communities, Nations, Networks, governments, and/or representative organizations.

For more information, download the funding application package – Click here (Zip file).

Nature-Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF) First Nations Open Call for Proposals 2022-2023


The dual crises of climate change and biodiversity loss are connected and nature-based solutions are key to tackling both issues. The Government of Canada is committed to working with nature to build resilience and help Canada meet its 2030 and 2050 climate change objectives.

To address climate change and biodiversity loss, the Government of Canada is establishing the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund (NSCSF), which will invest $4 billion over the next ten years in:

  • Growing Canada’s Forests led by Natural Resources Canada ($3.19 billion);
  • Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund led by Environment and Climate ChangeCanada ($631 million); and

Agricultural Climate Solutions led by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada ($185 million).

NSCSF is a $631 million, ten-year fund managed by ECCC to support projects that restore and enhance wetlands, peatlands, and grasslands to store and capture carbon. Up to $36.9 million over 10 years, starting in 2021-22 has been allocated to working with Indigenous communities through a distinctions-based approach.

The Nature Smart Climate Solutions – Indigenous Partnerships stream will provide funding to enable Indigenous Peoples to play a meaningful leadership role in natural climate solutions, as part of the Government of Canada’s commitment to Reconciliation.


First Nations organizations, governments, Individuals, boards, commissions, communities, associations and authorities including:

  • First Nations not-for-profit organizations;
  • District councils, Chiefs councils and Tribal councils;
  • First Nations research, academic and educational institutions; and o
  • First Nations for-profit organizations.

Priority will be given to First Nations organizations that are supported by Guardians programs or other First Nations entities that are creating significant opportunities for First Nations communities to be involved in the work

First Nations organizations, governments, and groups can also apply to other streams of the NSCSF led by ECCC, Natural Resources Canada, or Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada by applying directly to the responsible department.

Download the NSCSF Funding Package – Click here (Zip File).

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s (ECCC) EcoAction Community Funding Program

Description: Now accepting applications for funding until January 11, 2022 at 12:00pm PST/3:00pm EST for projects beginning summer 2022.

Eligibility: Funding is available for new projects that engage Canadians and clearly demonstrate measurable, positive results related to the key Environmental Priority: Fresh water.

Your project must address the following Priority Result: Canadians contribute to improving freshwater quality through actions that reduce harmful substances in freshwater and/or restore and protect freshwater ecosystem health.

Preference will be given to proposals that engage Indigenous Peoples, youth, or small businesses. All proposals must fully meet program requirements.

For more information on this funding opportunity, please visit the EcoAction Community Funding Program. In addition, the EcoAction Applicant’s Guide for the Call for Proposals is available on the Government of Canada website.

Only online applications via GCEMS are accepted, unless otherwise discussed with your ECCC Regional Office. For GCEMS technical assistance, please contact:

Information source: EcoAction West North (ECCC).

Inuit Qaujisarnirmut Pilirijjutit: Call for Proposals

Description: “Enabling research in Inuit Nunangat, for Inuit, and by Inuit.” Inuit Qaujisarnirmut Pilirijjutit (IQP) is the first and only Inuit-led, governed and directed research program in the world. Led by the four Inuit regions (the Inuvialuit Settlement Region, Nunavut, Nunavik and Nunatsiavut), the IQP is a pan-Canadian Arctic research program funding projects in all four regions of Inuit Nunangat.

Eligibility: Inuit are encouraged to apply, regardless of research background or experience. (Examples and instructions to support your application are provided in the Application Guide on the ArcticNet website).

Key Dates:

October 2021 – Release for Call for Proposals
January 6th 2022 – Proposal Submission Deadline
January – February 2022 – Regional Review
March 2022 – National Review
March 2022 – Announcement of Funding
April 1st, 2022 – Start of Funding
May 2022 – Deadline to Accept IQP Grant

For more information, to apply, please visit Inuit Qaujisarnirmut Pilirijjutit page on ArcticNet website:

(Information source: ArcticNet)

Infrastructure Canada – Open Call for Proposals Under the Research and Knowledge Initiative (RKI)

Description: Infrastructure Canada announces a Call for Proposals to Strengthen Community-level Data and Research Projects Related to Public.

Announcement from RKI:

We are pleased to inform you that on August 12, 2021, Infrastructure Canada launched an open call for proposals under the Research and Knowledge Initiative (RKI) to strengthen the development and use of community-level data and research, supporting more evidence- and results-based approaches to public infrastructure programs and investments in cities, rural and remote, and Indigenous communities across Canada.

This $6 million investment in data and research on community-level public infrastructure will play an important role in advancing knowledge of local realities in support of strengthening Canada’s economic growth, connecting communities, and building a greener future. This current call for proposals under the Research and Knowledge Initiative will fund a maximum of $600K per fiscal year per project, with activities to conclude by March 31, 2024.

All information – including application instructions, timelines, eligibility and evaluation criteria – can be found in the Research and Knowledge Initiative Applicant Guide. The online applicant portal will be available as of September 1, 2021, and all applications are due by October 25, 2021, 23:59 PDT.

Should you have any questions about this call for proposals or how to complete the application, please contact us by email:

We would appreciate your help in sharing this message with eligible recipients within your networks.


The Research and Knowledge Initiative (RKI) Team

Infrastructure Canada

(Information source: Research and Knowledge Initiative)



Nous avons le plaisir de vous informer que Infrastructure Canada a lancé, le 12 août 2021, un appel de propositions ouvert dans le cadre de l’Initiative de recherche et de connaissances (IRC) afin de renforcer l’élaboration et l’utilisation des données et de la recherche à l’échelle communautaire et de soutenir des approches davantage fondées sur des données probantes et des résultats concernant les programmes d’infrastructure publique et les investissements associés, et ce, dans les villes, les régions rurales et éloignées et les collectivités autochtones du Canada.

Cet investissement de 6 millions de dollars dans les données et la recherche sur les infrastructures publiques à l’échelle communautaire jouera un rôle important en favorisant une meilleure compréhension des réalités locales pour renforcer la croissance économique du Canada, relier entre elles les collectivités et bâtir un avenir plus vert. Le présent appel de propositions, lancé dans le cadre de l’Initiative de recherche et de connaissances et dont les activités se termineront le 31 mars 2024, visera à offrir un financement jusqu’à concurrence de 600 000 $ par exercice financier et par projet.

Vous trouverez de plus amples renseignements – y compris la façon de présenter une demande, les échéanciers, l’admissibilité et les critères d’évaluation – dans le Guide du demandeur à l’Initiative de recherche et de connaissances. Le portail de demande en ligne sera accessible à compter du 1er septembre 2021, et les demandes doivent être présentées avant 23 h 59 HAP, le 25 octobre 2021.

Pour poser toute question sur cet appel de propositions ou sur la façon de présenter une demande, vous êtes invités à communiquer avec nous par courriel à :

Nous sollicitons aussi votre aide afin de partager ce message avec des demandeurs potentiels via vos réseaux.


L’Équipe de l’Initiative de recherche et de connaissances

Infrastructure Canada

ICCE Community Funding Program 2021-2023: Calls for Cumulative Effects Proposals in Indigenous Communities – Round 2

The Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects (ICCE) is calling for proposals from Indigenous communities who are engaged in cumulative effects assessment, management or monitoring projects regarding environmental, cultural, social, or health impact on their land, water or air now and in the future.

For information about the Centre please visit ICCE website

ICCE is an Indigenous-led not-for-profit association. The primary objective of ICCE is to help build and enhance the technical and scientific capacity of Indigenous communities to address cumulative effects, based on the values of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities across Canada.

ICCE is a network for Indigenous communities to access information, resources, and best practices about cumulative effects. ICCE recognizes there is much to draw from both Indigenous and Western-based knowledge. Navigating cumulative effects can be complex, but is rich with opportunity, and the Indigenous Centre for Cumulative Effects seeks to be a support to guide a community’s path.

Who can apply?

  • First Nations communities, associations, and organizations
  • Inuit communities, associations, and organizations
  • Métis communities, associations, and organizations
  • Any other Indigenous organizations working on cumulative effects

Eligible applicants may partner with other Indigenous communities and with external partners such as:

  • Federal, provincial, territorial, or regional governments
  • Non-governmental and non-for-profit organizations
  • Academic and research institutions
  • Indigenous and non-Indigenous consultation groups

What Kind of Projects are Eligible?
Projects and baseline studies that help build and enhance the scientific and technical capacity of Indigenous communities for cumulative effects management, monitoring and assessment in their territories are eligible.  Examples of such projects are outlined (but are not restricted to) in Appendix A: Example of Projects. These represent phases of capacity building work that Indigenous communities and groups may want to consider while starting to address cumulative effects issues.

To be eligible, a Project Proposal has to be community-led. As such, a Project Proposal must be confirmed by letter of support from the leading community or the leading Indigenous organization gathering multiple communities.

ICCE encourages applicants to contact the ICCE National Office with other project ideas to determine their eligibility.

Funding Availability
The program has approximately $ 1.5 million available for the 2021–2022 fiscal year. The level of funding for each project will be determined on a case-by-case basis but should be between $50,000 and $175,000.

Funding may cover some or all of the project activities based on the budget provided. Funding is available for projects up to two fiscal years until March 2023 (2021-2022 and 2022-2023). Funding may not be retroactive. The project proposal and budget must provide details for each fiscal year. ICCE’s fiscal year runs from April 1st to March 31st.

How to apply?
To apply for funding, please follow the application process outlined below:

  1. Review the Community Funding Guidelines
  2. Seek and confirm support for your proposed project with a letter from your organization indicating support for your project.
  3. Fill in the provided Online Application Form with the requested information.
  4. Prepare a Project proposal within the mandatory template provided
  5. Prepare a Work Plan within the suggested template
  6. Prepare a Budget within the mandatory template outlining a work calendar and expenses plan.
  7. Upload the Project Proposal, the Work Plan, the Budget, and the letter of support to the online form.
  8. You will receive an email confirming the receipt of your application within 1–5 business days; if you do not, please contact ICCE.

For more details, please see the provided requirements outlined in Appendix B: Proposal Requirements. 

Should you have questions about how to apply or the application, please contact ICCE’s National Office at

The online form to submit your proposal and the supporting documents are at:

Funding Schedule for 2021–2022 
As ICCE received a high number of applicants for the first call for proposals for ICCE’s Community Funding Program in February 2021, the second call for proposals will be the last for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.
July 12 2021 to September 13 2021: Call for Proposals

Midnight PST (Pacific Standard Time), September 13 2021: Submission Deadline

End of September through October 2021: Eligibility and TAC Reviews

Early November 2021: Review by ICCE Board of Directors

November 2021: Funding Decisions and Signed Agreements

Late November through December 2021: Project Funding Begins

Want to discuss a cumulative effects project idea?
Please contact ICCE by email at:

(Information Source: ICCE Community Funding Program Website –

Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for First Nations South of 60º– Call for Abstracts

Indigenous Services Canada’s Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program (CCHAP), which supports First Nation communities to identify, assess, and respond to the health impacts of climate change, has put out a call for abstracts for First Nations communities south of the 60th parallel. The program will fund community or regional projects up to $100,000, to identify, assess and respond to the health impacts of climate change. Eligible activities under the program include: capacity building, research skills development, and creating health-related adaptation plans and communication materials.

The call for abstracts is open until September 24th, 2021.

Visit Climate Telling for more information on how to apply.

Climate Action and Awareness Fund –Advancing Climate Change Science and Technology Request for Proposals

Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Climate Action and Awareness Fund (CAAF) has opened a request for proposals (RFP) for Advancing Climate Change Science and Technology Research. The RFP will fund up to $59M for projects that will strengthen Canada’s science capacity to understand, identify, accelerate, and evaluate actions towards achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Please visit the CAAF website for more information.

Information from: Climate Action and Awareness Fund, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Government of Canada.

Agricultural Climate Solutions

Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) is a $185 million, 10-year program that will help to develop and implement farming practices to tackle climate change. Through agricultural practices, such as shelterbelts or cover crops, farmland can store carbon and reduce greenhouse gases.

ACS aims to establish a strong Canada-wide network of regional collaborations led by farmers, and including scientists and other sectoral stakeholders. Together, they will develop and share natural solutions and farming practices to ensure farms remain competitive and that our water, air, and soil are sustainable for generations to come.

ACS is a program under the more than $4 billion Natural Climate Solutions Fund. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is partnering with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) to develop projects that invest in natural climate solutions, including NRCan’s Growing Canada’s Forests program and ECCC’s Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund. These solutions will contribute to meeting or exceeding Canada’s greenhouse gas reduction targets and provide benefits towards the well-being of all Canadians.

Application Process

Funding available through ACS will be deployed in several phases starting in April 2021. The 2021 application process will be open across the country.To be eligible for the Agricultural Climate Solutions program, applicants must form a large network of partnerships within a province, including agricultural non-profits, Indigenous organizations and environmental groups. Projects in each province will be selected based on the potential to store carbon and/or reduce greenhouse gases. Each ACS project will be led by an external lead applicant working alongside various other collaborators.

In spring 2021, AAFC will hold national information sessions and provincial engagement workshops. Additional engagement workshops will be hosted in winter / spring 2022, and the second annual intake period will be launched in April 2022.

Information sessions are intended for farmers, agriculture and environmental non-profit organizations, Indigenous organizations, communities and groups, industry stakeholders and academic institutions. National sessions will focus on sharing information about the new program, the application process and the living laboratories innovation model. Additional provincial sessions will provide an opportunity to develop the collaboration among stakeholders required for a successful Agricultural Climate Solutions project.

Phase 1: Grant funding applications (April 1 to June 15, 2021) – AAFC is accepting proposals for grants of up to $100,000 from eligible organizations to support them in developing a network of participants, based on the living labs model, to develop and submit comprehensive project proposals for contribution funding to establish an ACS project.

Phase 2: Contribution funding applications (Fall 2021) – Applications for funding support of up to $10 million per project and, if requested, research and development support from a team of government department scientists led by AAFC, is slated to open in Fall 2021. It is expected that approved projects will start in the spring 2022. The receipt of grant funding in Phase 1 will not be a requirement to apply for Phase 2 contribution funding and AAFC research and development support.

For more information on participating, visit Who is eligible and How to apply.

(Information from: Government of Canada – Agricultural Climate Solutions).

2020-21 Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP)

Description: The Inuit Nunangat Research Program (INRP) is an Inuit-led component of North by North, a program operated by the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence. In tandem with Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami’s implementation of the National Inuit Strategy on Research (NISR), the INRP advances Inuit self-determination in research by creating space for Inuit to design research projects, develop partnerships to build capacity and strengthen the impact and effectiveness of Inuit Nunangat research for Inuit. The INRP has a budget of roughly $900,000 per year over the next four years. The program will consider funding arrangements from 1-2 years with an additional call for proposals as required.

Now Accepting Research Ideas for 2020-21

The Inuit Nunangat Research Program is now accepting research Ideas for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. For more information, please email


Harvesters Support Grant

Description: The Harvesters Support Grant is a new addition to the Nutrition North Canada program. It was developed in direct collaboration with Indigenous partners to increase their access to traditional foods by reducing the high costs associated with traditional hunting and harvesting. The grant supports the complete range of harvesting activities and traditions, from community decision making to ceremony and celebration of the harvest. It respects the inherent hunting and harvesting rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada.

It provides $40 million over 5 years, and $8 million per year ongoing, to Indigenous governments and organizations representing eligible Nutrition North Canada communities.

How does the grant work?

The Harvesters Support Grant relies on a distinctions-based design to maximize Indigenous control and decision-making. Because each community has unique harvesting needs and priorities, dedicated grant agreements have been developed to ensure that Indigenous governments and organizations can decide how best to support their own communities. The grant is supporting a wide range of harvesting activities such as:

  • transportation and related capital investments
  • maintenance of equipment
  • harvesting equipment
  • temporary shelter and outdoor clothing
  • safety and rescue equipment
  • training, certification and education
  • traditional knowledge, practices and techniques
  • processing, food preparation and storage such as community freezers
  • maintenance of harvesting sites
  • innovation in harvesting
  • community, research, culture, and food sharing initiatives

There are 2 funding streams:

Stream 1 – Land claim organization and self-government stream

For communities with settled land claims, grant funding is being provided to land claim organizations. These organizations will decide how the grant is spent and how harvesting support programs are administered.

Stream 2 – Communities stream

For communities without a settled land claim, an Indigenous organization representing the community will receive and administer the grant. With input from community leaders, the organization will develop the program within their region.


To be eligible for the Harvesters Support Grant, a community must:

  • lack year-round surface transportation (no permanent road, rail or marine access)
  • be reliant on air transportation for more than 8 months each year
  • meet the territorial or provincial definition of a northern community
  • have an airport, post office, or grocery store
  • have a year-round population according to the national census

Eight communities eligible for the retail subsidy are not reliant on air transportation for more than 8 months each year, and are not eligible for the Harvesters Support Grant as a result. These communities are all on the Quebec North Shore:

  • Pakuashipi
  • La Tabatiere
  • Mutton Bay
  • Tête-à-la-Baleine
  • Harrington Harbour
  • Chevery
  • La Romaine
  • Port Menier

Source: Information obtained from Government of Canada website. For more information on this funding opportunity, click here.