Current Funding Opportunities

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 inrp@itk.ca.

Website: https://www.itk.ca/inuit-nunangat-research-program.

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.

Eligibility:

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.