Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program: Funding Guidelines 2018-2019

This Funding Guidelines 2018-2019 page was designed to support Indigenous communities and organizations when applying to the Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program through the 2018-2019 call for proposals.

All funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year has been allocated. The Funding Guidelines 2018-2019 page is provided for information purposes only.

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Program overview

This climate change funding opportunity offered by INAC. Through the development of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the National Indigenous Organizations (NIOs) identified the need to support Indigenous peoples in monitoring the effects of climate change in their communities. NIOs also identified the need to connect Indigenous Knowledge with science-based climate information to better inform adaptation actions. As a result, INAC received $31.4 million over 5 years in Budget 2017 to implement the program. The program is a national program that builds capacity within First Nation, Métis and Inuit communities to monitor climate change effects.

The impacts of climate change are already being felt across Canada and include social, cultural, ecological and economic implications. Indigenous communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change due to their relationship with the natural world, traditional lifestyles, and in some instances, geographic location.

The goal of the program is to support Indigenous peoples in monitoring climate indicators, which will provide the data required to inform community adaptation actions. In addition, the data can help address climate data gaps within Canada and improve climate models and weather predictions.

Who can apply?

The following organizations and individuals are eligible to receive funding through the program:

The program recognizes that not all Indigenous communities and organizations have experience with monitoring climate and environmental change. In an effort to build capacity in this area, eligible applicants can partner with other Indigenous communities in order to share knowledge and experience. In addition, Indigenous communities and organizations can work with other external partners, as long as their roles and responsibilities are clearly outlined in the project proposal.

Examples of external partners include:

For all project proposals, regardless of partnerships, a community support letter is required.

Program requirements

Projects must consider the following key components:

Projects under the program will need to consider key climate indicators, such as:

The climate indicators listed above were identified by Indigenous community representatives through the National Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Symposium hosted in Winnipeg, Manitoba from November 7 to 9, 2017. However, climate change is having impacts that are unique to individual regions, communities, and groups. Therefore, the program encourages eligible applicants to submit project proposals even if their climate indicators of interest are not listed above.

Available funding

The amount of available contribution funding for the 2018-2019 fiscal year is ­­­$5.5 million. The deadline to apply for this funding is Friday, February 16, 2018 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. It is expected that the average yearly cost of a project will be approximately $150,000. However, this estimated cost can be increased or decreased depending on the nature, scope and timeline of the project. The program will consider multi-year (2 to 3 years) contribution arrangements.

Eligible expenses

  • salaries and wages
    • community staff (environmental technicians, youth positions, etc.)
  • travel, transportation, and accommodation for community staff, Elders, youth, external partners, event participants, etc.
  • training and workshops
  • professional services (contractors or sub-contractors)
  • audit and evaluation
  • office supplies and equipment dedicated to the project
    • purchase of climate monitoring stations (weather, hydrometric, permafrost, etc.)
    • purchase of technical monitoring equipment (water quality meters, drones, handheld GPS, etc.)
    • rental of vehicles (trucks, ATVs, snowmobiles, boats, helicopters, etc.) Note: the purchase of vehicles is not eligible for funding.
  • printing and communication products
  • data purchase from commercial provider
  • administrative costs, to a maximum of 15%

Co-funding opportunities

The program collaborates with two other climate change programs at INAC that support climate change adaptation initiatives and strategies within their respective regions of Canada:

  • Climate Change Preparedness in the North, which supports vulnerability and risk assessments of climate change impacts, the development of adaptation plans and adaptation options, and the implementation of structural and non-structural adaptation measures.
  • First Nation Adapt program, which provides support to First Nation communities located below the 60th parallel to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and emergency management.

If your project incorporates climate change adaptation measures, along with climate or environmental change monitoring, you may be eligible to receive funding from both the Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program and one of the applicable adaptation programs.

The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program has also partnered with the Northern Contaminants Program at INAC to support community-based contaminants research in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Inuit Nunangat. If your project relates to short or long range contaminants (mercury, persistent organic pollutants, etc.) and the effects of climate change on country food sources, traditional plants or natural environments, you may be eligible for funding through the Northern Contaminants Program's Community-Based Monitoring & Research Blueprint.

How to apply

To apply for program funding, please follow the application process outlined below:

  1. Review Funding Guidelines 2018-2019 and the work plan and budget spreadsheets. Contact program staff with any questions or concerns:
    Phone: 1-800-567-9604
  2. Seek and confirm community support for your proposed project with a community support letter.
  3. Complete a 2 to 5 page project proposal as described in the Funding Guidelines 2018-2019, as well as the work plan and budget spreadsheets.
  4. Submit the project proposal, work plan and budget spreadsheets, and community support letter to

Submit your project proposal in MS Word or PDF. Your project proposal should be 2 to 5 pages long and must contain all of the following requirements.

Sample proposal formats are available. Contact the program if you would like one.

Proposal requirements

Requirement Description
Title page Provide a descriptive title that outlines the main idea of your project.
Executive summary Provide a brief summary of the proposal (1 to 2 paragraphs) covering the various elements of the project, including total budget request and timeline.
Key climate indicators Describe which key climate indicators will be monitored.
Project lead/ funding recipient contact information Provide contact information for the project leader who will be in charge of the contribution arrangement.
Project team and external partners Provide the names, titles, and contact information of those who will be working on the project.
Project objectives Describe what your community is hoping to accomplish through this project.
Project description Include the proposed methodology, sampling areas, measurement parameters, reference maps, and participating communities.
Indigenous youth engagement Explain how this project will engage Indigenous youth in the community (participation in meetings, education, training, employment opportunities, etc.).
Indigenous Knowledge component Explain how the project will use and protect Indigenous Knowledge, including intergenerational knowledge transfer.
Data management system Describe the proposed data collection method, data management platform, storage location and management of intellectual property.
Contact program staff for more information on existing data platforms. Intellectual property rests with the recipient.

Work plan and budget

Applicants must complete the work plan (XLS Format, 15 KB) and budget (XLS Format, 14 KB) spreadsheets. In the budget spreadsheet, applicants should include cash and in-kind contributions from partners, but funding from external partners it is not a requirement to receive funding from the program.

If you require a different format for the work plan or budget sheet, contact

What will happen next?

The call for proposals application process closes on February 16, 2018 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. The program is in the process of establishing a management committee which will review the proposals, based on the program requirements, by mid-April 2018.

Contribution arrangements outlining the terms and conditions of funding are expected to begin in late spring 2018. All applicants will be notified in writing. If your project is approved, you will be contacted to provide information towards the contribution arrangement.

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