First Nation Adapt Program

The First Nation Adapt program has allocated available funding for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The program will continue to support First Nations in developing project proposals that will be reviewed when future funding becomes available.

Budget 2016 announced, starting in 2016-2017:

Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2017-2018:

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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:

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:

Who can apply?

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

  1. Review the program funding guidelines 2018-2019 and the budget spreadsheet
  2. Contact the program to discuss a potential project idea
  3. Seek and confirm community support for your project with a band council resolution or other proof of community support
  4. Complete a 3 to 5 page project proposal as described in the guidelines, as well as the budget spreadsheet (MS Excel)
  5. Submit the project proposal, budget spreadsheet, and band council resolution to

Previously selected projects

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