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)
Funding:
  • 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
Funding:
  • 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

Funding:
  • $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
Funding:
  • Up to $3,000,000

Indigenous Climate Hub

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

Alberta Innovates

Eligible Projects:
  • Database for Alberta-based funding
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
Funding:
  • 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
Funding:
  • 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)
Funding:
  • 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
Funding:
  • 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

Funding:

  • $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
Funding:
  • 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)
Funding:
  • 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

Funding:

  • 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

Funding:
  • Varying

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