Aboriginal Representative Organizations Project Proposal Eligibility Criteria

The following criteria will be used as an initial screening tool for assessing eligibility of projects to receive funding.  Successful assessment against these criteria does not guarantee funding. More detailed assessments of project proposals will be undertaken by the Director/Director General Aboriginal Representative Organizations (ARO) Project Review Committees with input as required, from Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) regional and sectoral program managers.

Criteria Standard
Does the proposed project support one of the project funding priorities? Project funding will only be allocated to projects that are linked to INAC funding priorities and achieve concrete results for Aboriginal communities and individuals.
Does the proposal describe who will benefit from the results of the project? Members or community who will benefit from the project must be clearly identified.
Does the proposal effectively describe realistic and concrete outcomes that promote healthier, more self-sufficient Aboriginal communities and people? Funding will be allocated only to projects that demonstrate clear and achievable outcomes for Aboriginal communities and individuals.
Does the proposal clearly describe performance measures that are logically linked to the objective of the project? Only projects that include a clear description of how the results of the project will be measured, including performance indicators as appropriate (e.g. creation of a community toolkit to promote healthy living, development of a regional economic strategy, number of individuals registered in a Métis membership system, position paper of key departmental priority issue, etc.) will be eligible for funding.
Does the proposal clearly lay out milestones and timelines? Funding will only be provided to projects that include clear milestones and timelines (when key events will take place, when key deliverables will be completed).
Does the proposal describe how the ARO will engage/involve members/stakeholders? Only projects that have demonstrable membership/stakeholder support will be funded.
Does the proposal include a reasonable budget that clearly outlines project expenditure categories? Funds will be provided to projects that include clear and reasonable estimates of the costs for each element of the project. Alternatives to travel should be used whenever possible. Legal and core activities are not eligible for project funding.
Does the proposal clearly demonstrate that the organization has the capacity to undertake the project? Due to the limited total funds available, only organizations that demonstrate the capacity to undertake the proposed project will be funded.
Does the project leverage funding from other organizations? Proposals that leverage funds from other sources may be given priority.
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