Indigenous Partnership Fund
Call for proposals is now closed
The Indigenous Partnership Fund is no longer accepting new proposals. The deadline to submit applications was 11:59 PM (PST) January 30, 2024.
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- Who is eligible
- Eligible activities
- Eligible expenses
- Length of project and available funding
- How to apply
- Contact information
- Additional resources
The Indigenous Partnership Fund supports ongoing consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (UN Declaration Act) and measures included in the UN Declaration Act Action Plan.
Implementation, in consultation and cooperation with First Nations, Inuit and Métis, will contribute to the Government of Canada’s continued efforts to break down barriers, combat systemic racism and discrimination, close socio-economic gaps, and promote greater equality and prosperity for Indigenous peoples.
Find out more at Canada.ca/Declaration, or visit the links below.
Justice Canada will provide funding to support Indigenous peoples’ continued participation in the various implementation, monitoring and oversight processes described in the Action Plan.
The Indigenous Partnership Fund supports consultation and cooperation between the Government of Canada and Indigenous partners on:
- measures to ensure that the laws of Canada are consistent with the UN Declaration
- implementation of an action plan to achieve the objectives of the UN Declaration
- development of annual reports on progress
Who is eligible
Indigenous-led organizations located in Canada, including:
- Indigenous (First Nations, Inuit and Métis) governments and organizations, including bands, tribal councils, Indigenous self-governments, local, regional and national representative organizations
- Incorporated not-for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations
- Incorporated for-profit Indigenous controlled organizations, when the work being performed under the transfer agreement is not-for-profit
- Indigenous-controlled unincorporated organizations
The above may include First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups or organizations advocating for the rights of Indigenous women, youth, Elders, persons with disabilities, 2SLGBTQI+ persons, as well as urban/off-reserve Indigenous organizations and other Indigenous-led sectoral groups.
Eligible activities should contribute to the implementation of the UN Declaration and the UN Declaration Act Action Plan, including:
- Processes, such as workshops, conferences, roundtables, discussions and meetings, focussed on the implementation of the rights and principles in the UN Declaration, and the measures in the Action Plan
- Studies and research relating to these issues
- Policy development on specific topics or ranges of subject matter set out in the UN Declaration, including self-determination and self-governance
- Staff salaries and employee benefits
- Travel, accommodation, meals and incidentals (in accordance with the National Joint Council Travel Directive)
- Costs of rental or leasing of meeting and conference facilities
- Consultants, including, but not limited to, legal counsel
- Professional services (such as meeting facilitation, note-taking, interpretation, disability-related supports or other meeting or engagement-related services)
- Translation of meeting materials or reports
- Volunteer participation expenses and program incentives associated with such processes
- Honoraria or ceremonial offerings for Elders and Knowledge Keepers
- Publication of recommendations or reports (print and online)
- Office equipment, including computer leasing and capital acquisitions net of disposal
- Supplies and materials, shipping charges, stationary, postage, printing, licenses and other fees
- Administrative expenses (no more than 15% of the total project or activity cost)
- Evaluation expenses
Ineligible expenses include:
- Purchase of buildings, land, vehicles and other major capital costs
- Retroactive funding (i.e. costs incurred prior to a project’s/activity’s official start date)
- Ongoing, operational (core) funding is ineligible
Length of project and available funding
Funding is available from April 1, 2024 to March 31, 2025.
The level of funding will vary from project to project based on the nature and scope of the proposed activities and available resources. The following funding ranges are recommended:
- Community: $30,000 up to $50,000
- Regional: $75,000 up to $100,000
- Provincial/Territorial/National: $75,000 up to $150,000
Please provide as much detail as possible in your project description and budget to support a full assessment.
How to apply
To obtain a Word version of the application form by email, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit the required supporting documents, a detailed budget and a workplan with your application.
All workplans must include:
- Proposed activities
- Clear outputs (service or product)
- Clear outcomes (results)
Applications must be submitted by 11:59 PM (PST) January 30, 2024.
When your completed application is received by the Department of Justice Canada, departmental staff will review it for eligibility under this Fund. A program analyst may contact you during this review.
Please note: Funding under the Indigenous Partnership Fund is limited and there is a need to ensure a regional and distinctions-based distribution of funds. While Justice Canada will make every effort to support all eligible projects, not all eligible projects may be funded.
The Department of Justice Canada thanks you for taking the time to complete and submit an application. Please do not hesitate to share your comments on how to improve our process and template.
If for any reason the application cannot be submitted electronically, a paper copy can be mailed to the address below.
Indigenous Partnership Fund
284 Wellington Street, 6th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0H8
- Contribution Funds for Non-Governmental Organizations, a Handbook
- This guide is designed as a reference tool to help funding recipients better understand and comply with the financial requirements described in contribution agreements. It is recommended that recipients review this handbook at the onset of their funding agreements.
- UN Declaration Act Action Plan
- Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
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