Calls for proposals

As of July 6, 2015, new calls for proposals issued by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) will be available on this webpage. Posting calls for proposals in one location will make it easier for applicants to keep track of new opportunities.

Before submitting a proposal, please review the program’s national guidelines and all of the criteria carefully to ensure eligibility.

Open Calls

2017-2018 New Paths for Education: Innovation activities

INAC is launching a new call for proposals from national organizations designated by First Nation band councils to pilot innovative approaches in education. The two themes this year are Land-based education and Physical activity and sport.

The deadline to submit a proposal is May 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).


2017-2018 New Paths for Education: Research, Measurement, Evaluation and Knowledge Transfer activities

INAC is launching a new call for proposals to support research projects that help identify best practices in Indigenous education that could benefit First Nation students.

The deadline to submit a proposal is May 15, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).


2017-2018 New Paths for Education

INAC is launching its annual call for proposals from band councils or organizations designated by band councils for projects and activities designed to improve the quality of education in First Nation schools and to enhance the educational experiences of students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities.

The deadline to submit a proposal for regular New Paths funds is May 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Closed Calls

First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

INAC is launching a call for proposals for the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program to support initiatives that assist youth in acquiring the essential skills that help them gain employment, function well in the work place, and learn about job and career options. This call for proposals is open to First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, as well as not-for-profit associations, schools and private sector employers.

The deadline to submit a proposal was extended from March 15, 2017 to April 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).


First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program

INAC is launching a call for proposals for the First Nations and Inuit Summer Work Experience Program to enable First Nations and Inuit secondary and post-secondary students to earn wages and obtain summer employment and prepare for entry into the labour market . The proposals will support work experience opportunities for First Nations and Inuit, between May 1 and the beginning of the student’s fall academic term. This call for proposals is open to First Nations and Inuit communities, governments and organizations, as well as not-for-profit associations and private sector employers.

The deadline to submit a proposal was extended from March 15, 2017 to April 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).


2017-2018 Family Violence Prevention Program (off-reserve)

INAC is launching a call for proposals for family violence prevention activities off-reserve. Funding under the Family Violence Prevention Program is available to support projects addressing violence between April 1, 2017 and March 31, 2018.

The deadline to submit a proposal was 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on March 10, 2017.


2017-2018 Northern Contaminants Program

The call for proposals for research projects on long-range contaminants in the Canadian Arctic and related activities is now open for applications for funding during the 2017-2018 fiscal year. Eligible applications should focus on high priority issues in northern regions where people are exposed to these contaminants at levels of concern to health authorities.

The deadline to submit a proposal was 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST) on January 10, 2017. Successful applications will be announced in spring 2017.


Call for Proposals: Education Partnerships Program including structural readiness activities 2017-2018

The Government of Canada is committed to investing in First Nations education to ensure that First Nations children on-reserve receive a quality education, while respecting the principle of First Nations control of First Nations education.

The 2017-2018 call for proposals to support First Nation student education activities is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal was January 12, 2017, at midnight Eastern Time (ET).

For the 2017-2018 call, funding for partnerships and structural readiness activities is provided through Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada's Education Partnerships Program. Before submitting a proposal, please review all of the criteria carefully to ensure eligibility.


First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

INAC is launching a second 2016 call for proposals for the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program to support initiatives that assist young people in acquiring the essential skills that help them gain employment, function well in the work place, and learn about job and career options. This call for proposals is open to First Nation and Inuit communities, governments and organizations. Not-for-profit associations, and private sector employers are also invited to participate.

For proposal deadlines, contact your INAC regional office.


First Nations education community-level discussions

As part of First Nations education transformation, the Government of Canada is providing up to $3.1 million to coordinate and support parent and community-level discussions on First Nations kindergarten to grade 12 education. This call for proposals is open to First Nations organizations and First Nations who are not represented by an organization.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight Eastern Time (ET) on November 25, 2016.


On-Reserve Housing Funds 2016-2017
INAC is launching a call for proposals to support immediate needs, capacity development and innovation for on-reserve housing.

The deadline to submit a proposal for phase 3 of funding was September 30, 2016.
The deadline to submit a proposal for phase 2 of funding was July 29, 2016.
The deadline to submit a proposal for phase 1 of funding was June 23, 2016.


First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program

INAC is launching a call for proposals for the First Nations and Inuit Skills Link Program to support initiatives that assist young people in acquiring the essential skills that help them gain employment, function well in the work place, and learn about job and career options. This call for proposals is open to First Nation and Inuit governments and Inuit governments and organizations, not-for-profit associations, and private sector employers.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight Eastern Time (ET) on May 1, 2016.


First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) 2016-2017
INAC is launching a call for proposals to support First Nation educators on-reserve in their efforts to meet students' needs and improve student and school results. Applications to the First Nation Student Success Program must support education activities between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2018.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight Eastern Time (ET) on April 4, 2016.


2016-2017 Family Violence Prevention Program (off-reserve)
INAC is launching a call for proposals for family violence prevention activities off-reserve. Funding under the Family Violence Prevention Program is available to support projects addressing violence between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight Eastern Time (ET) on March 3, 2016.


Post Secondary Partnerships Program, 2016-2017
INAC is launching a call for proposals for the design and delivery of post-secondary education courses or programs tailored for First Nation and Inuit students.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight local time on March 2, 2016.


Education Partnerships Program and First Nations Student Success Program (only structural readiness activities), 2016-2017
INAC is launching a call for proposals for First Nation student education activities. Applications to the Education Partnerships Program and structural readiness under the First Nation Student Success Program must support education activities between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight Eastern Time (ET) on January 27, 2016.


2016-2017 Northern Contaminants Program
The call for proposals for research projects on long-range contaminants in the Canadian Arctic and related activities is open for applications for funding between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. Long-range contaminants are transported to the Arctic through atmospheric and oceanic processes from other parts of the world. Eligible applications must be on high priority issues in northern regions where people are exposed to these contaminants at levels of concern to health authorities.

The deadline to submit a proposal was 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) on January 12, 2016.


Strong Schools, Successful Students Initiative 2015-2016
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada is launching a call for proposals for First Nation student education projects to be carried out between September 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016. Proposals can be submitted under either the First Nation Student Success program or the Education Partnerships program.

The deadline to submit a proposal was midnight Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on July 26, 2015.


Aboriginal Representative Organizations – Project-based funding 2015-2016
A directed call for project proposals is now open to five specific National Aboriginal Organizations to work with the National Association of Friendship Centres on a violence prevention and awareness mobile platform. This is a first step in fulfilling a commitment, made by all parties, at the February 2015 National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, to collaborate on a prevention and awareness campaign.

The deadline to submit a proposal was July 6, 2015, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

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