Funding to Support Indigenous Participation in the new Impact Assessment System

Public Notice

July 10, 2019 — The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (the Agency) is making funding available through a new Indigenous Capacity Support Program to Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations to help develop skills to better participate in the new impact assessment process.

Improvements proposed in the new impact assessment system for Indigenous peoples include:

Indigenous peoples are key partners in project assessments. This funding, provided outside the context of specific project reviews, is intended to support better informed and more meaningful engagement and leadership of Indigenous peoples in consultations on project assessments, regional and strategic initiatives, and policy development.

Who can apply?

All Indigenous organizations, groups and communities are eligible, including:

Eligible activities

The nature and type of activities that are considered eligible include:

How funding will be allocated

Funding decisions will be based on assessment criteria as indicated in the National Programs Guidelines for Indigenous Capacity Support Program. The amount of funding per successful applicant will depend on the activities proposed and funding availability. As funding is limited priority will be given to organizations and groups. Note: Even if all criteria are met for a given component, funding is not guaranteed. Priority will be given in 2019/20 to organizations that can provide support to a number of Indigenous communities. The following considerations will be applied:

Funding allocations

Maximum funding allocation will be $300,000.

How to apply?

For more details on who is eligible, how to apply, what expenses may be funded and how the funding program works, consult the National Funding Guidelines for Indigenous Capacity Support Program.

To apply, send a proposal and budget or fill out this application form. Submit your completed proposal or application and supporting documents to


Applications received by September 7, 2019 will be considered. Recipients and the amount of funding allocated will be announced at a later date.


If you have questions about this funding availability opportunity, please email

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