Eligible Activities for Target Funding
Eligible activities that support First Nations and Inuit communities to undertake economic development and environmental/land management activities include:
Economic Development Support
- Initiatives that support First Nations and Inuit communities undertake economic development activities including, capacity development, community economic development planning;
- Initiatives that support the development of land and resources under community control and access to opportunities from lands and resources not under community control (additions to reserves (ATRs) that support economic development); and,
- Initiatives that support compliance with the statutory provisions of the Indian Act, undertaking the land designation process and the processing of land administrative instruments such as leases and permits;
Environmental Management Support
- Initiatives that enhance environmental planning, awareness and support efforts towards pollution prevention on reserve;
- Initiatives that support environmental management best practiceswith land and community assets on reserve; and,
- Initiatives to improve environmental regulatory compliance on reserve.
Application Requirements for Target Funding
Applications for LEDSP targeted funding from eligible recipients will be sought for projects based on Regional and National AANDC priorities. This may include different processes, including open and directed calls for applications. National priorities include:
- Capacity initiatives that strengthen land management and economic development as a key function of a strong local government, support Aboriginal participation in major resource development initiatives, support First Nations Land Management (FNLM) 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; and,
- Additions to reserves, designations and surveys that support economic development.
If an application is requested of a recipient they will be required to submit sufficient information to determine that they are eligible recipients as well as any information required to assess the recipient and/or the project against the program assessment criteria. Required application information will be communicated to applicants by AANDC and may include, as appropriate:
- Information on the applicant's financial situation;
- A description of the management and organizational capacity of the applicant;
- A detailed description of the proposed project and description of activities to be undertaken;
- Relevant documentation related to any partnership arrangements and commitments;
- Timelines for the project;
- A cost forecast of the project and details of financing, including all sources of funding for the project;
- Anticipated economic and/or environmental benefits of the project, including expected outcomes and proposed performance measures;
- Documentation indicating approval of the proposed project by the Aboriginal community or by the board of the directors of the Aboriginal business or Aboriginal organization;
- Other corporate documents, such as articles of incorporation, by-laws and corporate policies and procedures manuals;
- Documents supporting the interest in, or need or support for the project by Aboriginal individuals, Aboriginal communities, Aboriginal businesses or Aboriginal organizations;
- Documents supporting the need for the contribution to ensure that the project is realized;
- Documentation related to the applicant's legal structure, ownership and control;
- Demonstration of compliance with laws and regulations;
- Environmental effects and proposed mitigation measures; and,
- Any other information considered necessary by the Department.
Project Assessment and Approval Criteria for Target Funding
Requests for assistance will also be assessed on the basis of their relevance to the program objectives. Assistance will be provided only to those initiatives that would not otherwise proceed in the proposed location, proposed scope, or proposed time without such assistance. Assessments may be conducted by internal and/or external reviewers, at a regional or national level.
The following assessment criteria may be used as appropriate and relevant to determine the need, the amount and type of assistance to be offered:
- The potential for the project or activity to generate net economic benefits to Aboriginal people in Canada;
- The potential of the project to improve legislative compliance, implement pollution prevention measures, and/or increase capacity in environmental management;
- The demonstrated management capacity and business expertise of the eligible recipient in relation to the project;
- The amount of any federal, provincial or municipal assistance or tax credit that is likely to be relevant to the project;
- The resources of the recipient that could reasonably be expected to be contributed to the project;
- The recipient has demonstrated that the assistance is necessary to ensure that the project or activity proceeds with the desired scope and timing in the desired location;
- The relationship of the project to federal government national and regional economic strategies and priorities; and,
- The economic viability or sustainability of the recipient and/or the project or activity; and/or any other criteria that the Department may deem appropriate.
Project approvals will be based on the following criteria:
- The applicant must meet all requirements of an "eligible recipient";
- The project must meet all requirements of "eligible activities";
- Project expenditures to be funded by AANDC must be "eligible expenditures";
- The application must be complete and in sufficient detail commensurate with the level of funding being sought; and,
- "Eligible recipients" are in compliance with AANDC's Management Control Framework regarding audits, reporting, and other matters.
Funding Levels for Target Funding
The amount of funding is determined based on review and consideration of the proposal, and takes into account:
- The relevance of the proposal to the program's objectives and expected results; expected economic and/or environmental benefits accruing to Aboriginal individuals, businesses or communities;
- The assessment of the risk involved; and,
- The demonstrated need for federal funding.
Assistance will be determined based on the minimum required to ensure that the project or initiative is realized in accordance with the proposed time-frame, scope and location. Funding will be limited by the amount of available funds.
The stacking limit maximum level of funding to a recipient from all sources (including federal, provincial/ territorial and/or municipal) for any one activity, initiative or project is 100 percent of eligible costs. Recipients are required to declare any and all prospective sources of funding for the program or project, inclusive of all federal, provincial, territorial or municipal governments (total government assistance) and other sources that are expected to be received.
Reporting Requirements for Targeted Funding
Recipients must provide the Lands and Economic Development Programs Project Status Report (DCI# 472939) form to meet interim (if applicable) and final reporting requirements. Recipients will be requested to submit data, schedules, plans, and reports in sufficient detail to enable AANDC to:
- Assess the progress of the project;
- Carry out the post-completion monitoring called for in the funding arrangement; and,
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the contributions.
A monitoring plan will be developed for each project. The purpose of the monitoring plan will be to provide periodic information regarding the progress of the initiative against the milestones proposed in the application and to identify unanticipated risks or impediments to achieving intended results. The proposed level of monitoring will correspond to the level of risk associated with the project. Progress and financial reports will be required at a minimum on an annual basis by recipients. Financial reporting shall show all sources of funding received by the recipient.
Recipients will be required to submit a final report at the conclusion of a project, in accordance with the terms of the funding arrangements.