Indigenous Habitat Participation Program: Grant component
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What this service offers
The Indigenous Habitat Participation Program grants provide funding to Indigenous communities who want to support and participate in consultation activities.
These consultations are on Department of Fisheries and Oceans Crown conduct (decisions, such as arrangements, approvals, authorizations and permits) in relation to fish and fish habitat conservation and protection under the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act.
These consultations are focused on:
- potential adverse impacts from regulatory decisions on works, undertaking or activities (projects) under the Fisheries Act and Species at Risk Act
- potential adverse impacts from decisions associated with a fish habitat bank such as
- entering into an arrangement respecting a fish habitat bank;
- approving conservation projects and the associated defined service area; and
- authorizing any work, undertaking or activity for which the proponent is proposing to use habitat credits to offset the adverse effects on fish and fish habitat in whole, or in part
- how these adverse impacts affect the rights of the Indigenous peoples of Canada (potential or established Aboriginal or Treaty rights recognized and affirmed under section 35 of the Constitution Act, 1982)
- whether to authorize/permit the carrying on of projects that result in the:
- death of fish other than by fishing
- harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat
Who is eligible
You may be eligible for the Indigenous Habitat Participation Program Grant funding if you:
- are an Indigenous group with potential or established Aboriginal or treaty rights, including:
- Indigenous governments
- Indigenous communities, bands and settlements
- district councils, chiefs’ councils and tribal councils
- bodies or entities established by rights-holding communities to represent them
- might be adversely affected by the Fisheries Act or Species at Risk Act project decision
- have received a notification for consultation from Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Grant funding goes towards activities supporting the review of works, undertakings or activities submitted to Fisheries and Oceans Canada for decisions under the Fisheries Act and/or Species at Risk Act and decisions related to the fish habitat banking under the Fisheries Act.
Activities that are eligible for grant funding include those that help inform your position on current or proposed fish and fish habitat issues and projects. This includes collecting information and data and conducting studies.
Consultations are another eligible grant funding activity. Through consultations, we gain feedback on a project’s potential adverse impacts to Aboriginal and treaty rights. We also use consultations to discuss possible measures to avoid or minimize those impacts.
We also provide funding to those who can help us develop or arrange consultation activities, such as:
- other type of assembly
Grant funding can be used towards:
- other labour
- employer mandatory benefits, both in-house (from the employer organization) and federal and provincial governments
Eligible expenses under the program include costs associated with a relevant workshop, meeting or conference, such as:
- Honoraria for elders and ceremonial offerings;
- material and supplies
- purchase or rental of equipment
- professional and specialized services
- audio/video, data and network communications services
- rental of office space, a room, set of rooms, and/or facilities
Administrative overhead is capped at 10% of total grant amount and supports expenses such as office rent, accounting, human resources and contract administration, etc.
Costs for travelling to an eligible activity (travel expenditures) are also considered eligible expenses. This includes:
- vehicle rental
- kilometric rates
- cost of accommodations
- bus, train, airplane, taxi or other modes
- allowances for meals and incidentals
Travel amounts will be based on the rates and allowances found within the National Joint Council’s Directive on Travel.
How to apply
After receiving an Offer to Consult from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, you can apply for funding by completing the grant application and emailing it to a DFO regional office.
We recommend you email your regional contact about the consultation approach before you submit your application.
Note: Preference will be given to proposals requesting between $2,000 and $12,000. IHPP grants component is not a refundable program. Any activities undertaken prior to grant approval will not be reimbursed.
How long it will take to process your application
We’ll let you know we received your application within 5 business days. We’ll let you know within 13 business days of the funding decision if we’ve accepted or rejected your application.
We’ll process grant transfer payments for successful applicants within 30 business days of signing the grant agreement.
Under normal circumstances, we’ll meet the service standard 90% of the time.
We process individual applications for funding when we receive them.
We don’t fund activities that duplicate services, studies or written materials that are already being funded by other public or private sources.
We assess all applications based on the:
- additional resources
- explanation of how funds will go towards the consultation approach
- funds we have available
- eligibility of the applicant’s:
- activity’s relevance to program objectives, such as how they relate to fish and fish habitat conservation and protection
We give preference to proposals with requests between $2,000 to $12,000.
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Questions can be submitted to the appropriate regional addresses.
- Alberta: email@example.com
- British Columbia: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Manitoba: email@example.com
- National: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Brunswick: email@example.com
- Newfoundland and Labrador: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Northwest Territories: email@example.com
- Nova Scotia: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Nunavut: email@example.com
- Ontario: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Prince Edward Island: email@example.com
- Quebec: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Saskatchewan: email@example.com
- Yukon: firstname.lastname@example.org
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