Funding Sources for First Nations Bands

Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs)

Eligible Projects:
  • Established renewables (wind, solar, small hydro, biomass)
  • Emerging technologies (offshore wind, geothermal, energy storage, retrofits, renewable community heating, integrated renewable energy)
  • Grid modernization (software and hardware upgrades, grid monitoring and automation, electric vehicle integration, microgrids)
  • Up 75% or $50 Million

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP)

Eligible Projects:
  • Support greenhouse gas emission (GHG) reductions
  • Enable greater resilience infrastructure and adaptation to the impacts of climate change disaster mitigation
  • Ensure that more communities can provide clean air and safe drinking water for their citizens
  • Decrease the release of pollutants into the environment
  • Up 100%

Strategic Partnerships Initiative (SPI)

Eligible Projects:
  • Economic readiness
  • Economic infrastructure
  • Expanding viable businesses
  • Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies
  • Environmental diagnostics and evaluations
  • Community economic development planning
  • Skills development and training

  • $14.45 million is budgeted for SPI funding per year.

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Community Opportunity Readiness Program (CORP)

Eligible Projects:
  • Economic Opportunities
  • Community Economic Infrastructure
  • Equity Gap
  • Business Planning and Advisory Services
  • Up to $3,000,000

Indigenous Climate Hub

Eligible Projects:
  • Economic development
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Infrastructure
  • Food security 
  • Varying

Alberta Innovates

Eligible Projects:
  • Database for Alberta-based funding
  • Varying

First Nation Infrastructure Fund

Eligible Projects:
  • Planning and skills development
  • Solid waste management
  • Roads and bridges
  • Energy systems
  • Connectivity
  • Structural mitigation (previously disaster mitigation)
  • Fire protection
  • Cultural and recreational facilities
  • Project must be equal or below maximum amount payable
    ($10 million per year)

First Nations and Métis Community Partnership Projects

Eligible Projects:
  • Economic growth
  • Safe communities
  • Strong families
  • Student achievement
  • Up to $45,000

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP)

Eligible Projects:
  • Advanced, emerging and adaptive technologies
  • Building retrofits, sustainable affordable housing
  • Innovative financing mechanisms and business models (e.g., property assessed clean energy programs, innovative utility charges)
  • Capacity building programs that generate direct environmental benefits (e.g., green job skills training)
  • Projects and programs that generate environmental, economic and other benefits for the broader community
  • Enabling greater adoption of sustainable infrastructure (e.g., demonstrating new products such as shared electric autonomous vehicles, creating smart grid projects that enable more integration of renewable generation within the community)
  • Regular loans and grants: Receive a low-interest loan of up to $5 million and a grant worth up to 15% of the loan; cover up to 80% of your eligible costs.
  • High-ranking project loans and grants: These qualify for a low-interest loan of up to $10 million and a grant worth up to 15% of the loan; cover up to 80% of your eligible costs.

Energy Innovation Program

  • Improving efficiency and processes to reduce emissions from energy end-use
  • Accelerating electrification and maximize benefits of low-emitting heat and power
  • Developing cleaner hydrocarbon and renewable fuels pathways
  • Maintaining safe and resilient energy systems to protect Canadians in the changing energy landscape

Lands and Economic Development Services Program

Eligible Projects:
  • Initiatives that Strengthen land and environmental management, and economic development as a key function of a strong local government
  • Support Indigenous participation in major resource development initiatives
  • Support First Nations Land Management Regime readiness, or strategic economic development and associated land use planning
  • Initiatives that promote on-reserve environmental management and pollution prevention, with an emphasis on waste management
  • Additions to reserves, designations and surveys that support economic development
  • Varying

Net Zero Accelerator Initiative (NZA)

Eligible Projects:
  • Decarbonizing of large emitters
    • Carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) technology, energy efficiency retrofits, electrification of processes and equipment, targeting fossil fuel use
  • Clean technology and industrial transformation
    • Supporting the green transformation of key industrial sectors such as automotive, aerospace and agriculture an agri-food
    • Taking advantage of a global shift in demand for innovative, net-zero technologies to develop and grow a strong clean tech sector in Canada


  • $8 Billion in total funding

Expanding Market Opportunities Program

Eligible Projects:
  • Increase Canada’s presence in national and international forest product markets
  • Enhance knowledge of Canadian forest products among suppliers and their customers 
  • Promote the end use of Canadian wood in non-traditional construction such as mid-rise and non-residential buildings
  • Varying

Zero Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program

Eligible Projects:
  • Increasing the availability of localized charging and hydrogen reguelling opportunities.
  • Public places (service stations, retail, restaurants, arenas, libraries, medical offices, etc.), on-street, workplaces, multi-unit residential buildings (MURBs), commercial and public fleets (on-road and off-road vehicles)
  • 50% of project costs up to $5 million

Community Economic Development and Diversification (CEDD)

Eligible Projects:
  • Respond to economic development opportunities
  • Adjust to changing and challenging economic circumstances
  • Demonstrate:
    • Strong market/industry demand
    • Clear, measurable economic results for Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan
    • Strong rational for the project


  • Varying

Indigenous Forestry Initiative

Eligible Projects:
  • Increased Indigenous participation on forestry-related opportunities, businesses, careers, and governance
  • Increased engagement and economic development for Indigenous communities and peoples involved in the forest sector
  • Increased investment and collaboration between Indigenous
    peoples and other natural resource development stakeholders,
    including governments, industry and non-governmental organizations

  • Varying

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