Capacity-Building Fund

We are NOT currently accepting applications for the Capacity Building Fund.

The Capacity-Building Fund is designed to support capacity-building efforts in Indigenous communities, particularly as they relate to building increased knowledge and skills for the establishment and management of community-based justice programs. The objectives of the Capacity-Building Fund are:

  • to support the training and/or developmental needs of Indigenous communities that currently do not have community-based justice programs;
  • to supplement the on-going training needs of current community-based justice programs where the cost-shared budget does not adequately meet these needs, including supporting evaluation activities, data collection, sharing of best practices and useful models;
  • to support activities targeted at improved community reporting in IJP communities and the development of data management systems;
  • to support the development of new justice programs, paying particular attention to:
    • the current geographic/regional imbalance in programming;
    • the commitment to develop new programs in the under-represented program models, such as dispute resolution for civil and family/child welfare; and,
  • to support one-time or annual events and initiatives (as opposed to on-going projects and programs) that build bridges, trust and partnerships between the mainstream justice system and Indigenous communities.

Depending on departmental priorities and resources, certain eligible initiatives or activities may be emphasized more than others at different times.

2016-2017 Call for Proposals


The Aboriginal Justice Directorate continues to support the increased knowledge, skills and training needs of existing Aboriginal Justice Strategy community-based programs. The 2016-2017 Call for Proposals will focus on two priority areas in particular:

  1. To build bridges, foster partnerships, and seek opportunities for collaboration (for example, between the mainstream justice system and Indigenous communities as well as other community justice programs), through activities such as:
    • capacity-building events, for example, regional gatherings; and/or
    • gap analysis, needs assessments, or environmental scans.
  2. To build internal capacity and provide training for existing Indigenous community justice programs in areas such as:
    • program reporting (e.g. data collection, evaluation);
    • training initiatives that may include various justice stakeholders; and/or
    • emerging community justice-related issues (e.g. violence against Indigenous women and girls).


  • In order to be eligible for this funding, capacity-building events (for example, regional gatherings) must occur before October 31, 2016.
  • All other project activities (that do not involve capacity building events) must be completed by March 31, 2017 to be eligible for funding.

Emphasis may be placed on existing Aboriginal Justice Strategy community-based programs, and/or on certain eligible initiatives or activities. Priority may also be given to projects initiated by Indigenous communities or organizations or in collaboration with them.

Deadline for Submission of Applications

Please note the following two deadlines for submissions of complete applications:

  • Friday, March 11, 2016 at 23:59 Pacific Time for all submissions supporting capacity-building events (for example, regional gatherings) project activities.
  • Friday, April 15, 2016, at 23:59 Pacific Time for all submissions not involving regional gatherings, project activities.


  • Successful applicants may be required to provide additional and supporting documentation.
  • Capacity-building funding is one-time only.
  • Total funding is limited; therefore, the Aboriginal Justice Directorate will not be able to fund all proposals submitted through this Call.
  • The Aboriginal Justice Strategy's Capacity-Building Fund is dependent upon the availability of funds for the period covering: April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017.

Application Process

Applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss project ideas with the Regional Coordinator in their area before submitting an application.

To apply for funding, please fill out the Funding Application Form.

Please email the completed funding application form and additional documents to, or send by fax to 613-957-4697.

Review and assessment of application packages

  • An acknowledgement will be sent on receipt of each application package.
  • All submissions will be screened for completeness and eligibility.
  • Unsuccessful applicants will receive written notification.
  • Successful applicants will be directly contacted by the Aboriginal Justice Directorate.

As the Aboriginal Justice Strategy's Capacity-Building Fund is a federally funded initiative, funding may be awarded on the basis of geographic location in order to provide representation across Canada, when feasible and reasonable.

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