First Nation Adapt Program
Budget 2016 announced, starting in 2016-2017:
- $24.70 million over five years ($5.3 million per year) to identify and address climate change related impacts on infrastructure in First Nation communities on reserve
Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2017-2018:
- $27 million over five years to support efforts to effectively reduce long-term flood risk for First Nation communities
About the program
This program provides funding to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.
The program works with First Nation communities to identify region-specific priorities, impacts, and opportunities for climate change projects. The program prioritizes First Nation communities most impacted by climate change related to sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, drought, fisheries and winter road failures. These disruptive and costly impacts present significant challenges to meeting First Nation communities’ infrastructure needs.
The program provides support for communities to address one or more of the following types of projects:
- risk assessments of climate change impacts on community infrastructure or emergency management
- development and assessment of adaptation options
- cost benefit analysis of adaptation options
The additional funding from Budget 2017 will support climate impact assessments and adaptation planning efforts in communities at significant risk of flooding. The program will work closely with communities to integrate the best scientific and Indigenous Knowledge on climate indicators, flooding exposure and future climate projections.
The floodplain mapping portion of the program provides support for communities to:
- participate in regional watershed management processes
- collect and share regional watershed data
- develop floodplain maps on a smaller scale in order to identify flood risks to local infrastructure
- develop best practices, tools and adaptation options for flood management
Who can apply?
- First Nation communities
- band or tribal councils
- Indigenous organizations
This program supports climate change adaptation projects in First Nation communities south of the 60th parallel. Northern First Nation communities looking for funding for their climate change adaptation projects should consult the Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program.
There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.
How to apply
- Review the program guidelines and the budget spreadsheet
- Contact the program to discuss a potential project idea
- Seek and confirm community support for your project with a band council resolution or other proof of community support
- Complete a 3 to 5 page project proposal as described in the guidelines, as well as the budget spreadsheet (MS Excel)
- Submit the project proposal, budget spreadsheet, and band council resolution to firstname.lastname@example.org
- First Nation Adapt Program: Funding Guidelines 2018-2019
- Budget spreadsheet (MS Excel)
- First Nation Adapt Program, selected projects 2017-2018
- First Nation Adapt Program, selected projects 2016-2017
- Climate Change Preparedness in the North Program
- Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program
- Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program
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