Natural Resources Canada: Indigenous Forestry Initiative

Deadline: 8 January 2019

Natural Resources Canada is seeking applications for its Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) to provide funding to support Indigenous-led economic development in Canada’s forest sector.

The funding aims to increase Indigenous participation in forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers and governance.

Eligible Projects

The scope of projects funded by IFI is broad, with three general categories:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Use and Management of forest resources
  • Participation in the forest bioeconomy (e.g. biomass for heat/energy; pellet manufacturing, etc.).

Eligible Applicants

  • Indigenous communities and governments such as:
    • Band and tribal councils
    • Governments of self-governing First Nations
    • Local governments of Inuit communities
    • Métis organizations
    • Economic development corporations
    • National and regional Indigenous organizations.
  • For-profit and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, associations, co-operatives and institutions that are Indigenous or majority-owned and controlled by Indigenous people or endorsed by an Indigenous partner organization or community.
  • Provincial, territorial, municipal, and regional governments working with an Indigenous partner organization.
  • Academic institutions and research associations working with an Indigenous partner organization.

Partnership Requirement

To be eligible for IFI funding, applicants must have at least one partner who has agreed to contribute financially or in-kind to the project. Examples of possible partners include federal or provincial and territorial government, industry, or research organization.

How to Apply

Applicants can obtain the application package by sending an email at the address given on the website.

Eligible Country: Canada

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