CFP Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

All Indigenous communities, associations, and organizations
For more information, please refer to the Funding Guidelines.

What is the deadline for applications?

The deadline for all applications is Monday March 6, 2023 at 11:30 pm PST

What projects are eligible?

Applications to build and enhance the capacity of Indigenous communities for cumulative effects management, monitoring and assessment in their territories, using a Two-Eyed Seeing Approach are eligible. Applications must be community-led.

What funding is available?

The Community Funding Program is divided into two streams of funding, the Developing Capacity Stream, and the Enhancing Cap Stream. The level of funding for each application will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

What are the requirements for a letter of support?

This document may be a formal resolution from the proponent governing body or a letter from an individual having the authority to request funding (e.g., head of the department, director or manager). The letter of support must explicitly demonstrate that an Indigenous organization or an Indigenous community has approved and is leading the submitted application.

What are the application requirements for the Developing Capacity stream and the Enhancing Capacity stream?

The Application Requirements for both Funding Streams are listed in Appendix A of the CFP Funding Guidelines.

What selection criteria will be used to evaluate applications?

To support the objectives of this funding opportunity, applications will be assessed against weighted criteria in relation to each stream. The criteria are available in Appendix B of the CFP Funding Guidelines.

Stream 1: Developing Capacity
Objectives: Support hiring and training in-house staff to better understand cumulative effects and develop or implement a cumulative effects plan for their community.
Funding Amount: $350 000 over 2 years

Stream 2: Enhancing Capacity
Objectives: Enhance existing cumulative effects expertise.
Funding Amount: $350 000 over 2 years

What expenditures are eligible?

Eligible costs are those that are incurred for the duration of the project as specified in the funding agreement (except for costs relating to final reports). These are costs which are incurred in connection with the project and are necessary for its activities
must be included in the estimated budget. 

The following are eligible expenditures for project activities:

  • salaries and wages including honorariums
  • travel, transportation and accommodation for community staff, Elders, youth, external partners and event participants, etc.
  • staff training and workshops
  • professional fees and services (contractors or subcontractors)
  • facility rental
  • data collection, analysis and reporting
  • audit and evaluation
  • office supplies and equipment dedicated to the project (equipment and vehicle rentals)
  • printing and communications products
  • data purchase from a commercial provider
  • administrative costs to a maximum of 10%

For more details, please refer to the CFP Funding Guidelines.

What expenditures are ineligible?

The following are ineligible expenditures for research/program activities:

  • capitalization costs including the establishment or expansion of financial
  • bad debt expenses and expenses associated with collections
  • payments for services that would normally be provided without charge
  • operation, repair and maintenance of economic or municipal infrastructure
  • economic infrastructure which has a reasonable expectation of capturing capital and operating costs through user fees and other means and can function as a
    commercial enterprise
  • capital assets (purchasing of assets costing more than $10 000 with a useful lifespan of more than one year and occurring maintenance fees or prolonged and foreseeable expenses over more than the projects length  (i.e. you can’t expense a truck, but you can expense lab equipment).

How do I apply?

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

  1. Review the Funding Guidelines.
  2. Obtain a Letter of Support from your community.
  3. Click here to create an online profile and submit your application.
  4. If you require support with your application system, please email us

Which web browser works best to access the portal?

We find that using Google Chrome works best. Unfortunately, Firefox may cause technical issues.

When I attempt to log in, I receive an OAuth Error. How do I solve this?

OAuth Errors happen when you try to open the login page and leave it open too long. They can also happen when you have a login window open in one or more tabs/windows on one or more computers too long. In addition, OAuth Errors can also happen due to the security system of your server or firewall from your Information Technology (IT) department.

Please try the following if you have an OAuth Error. Please try the following:

  1. Clear the cache of your web browser. How to clear your cache in Chrome, Edge, Safari and Firefox.
  2. Close all web browser windows and open a new web browser.
  3. Go to and try to login.

What are the ICCE funding policies and strategic priorities?

Geographic representation: Approval of the applications considers the geographic distribution of Indigenous communities across Canada: First Nation, Inuit and Métis representation. The approval of projects aims to fund projects from First Nation, Inuit and Metis groups. To support underrepresented groups applying, the Community Funding Program reserves funding for two projects from Métis organizations and two projects from Inuit organizations, if enough applications are received.

Minimum assessment score to be eligible for funding: All projects must meet a minimum score threshold to be eligible for funding which is established as the statistical median of all scores of assessed applications.

What is the timeline for application and review?

Call for Proposals
Tuesday, January 17 2023

Submission Deadline
Monday, March 6 2023
11:30pm PST

Eligibility Review and Technical Advisory Committee Review of Applications
March 13 to March 24 2023

ICCE Board of Directors Review Recommendations from Technical Advisory Committee
April 2023

Funding Decision and Agreement Signature
End of April 2023

Start of Project
May 2023

CFP Guidelines

To access the complete requirements regarding the ICCE Community Funding Program, please refer to the official funding guidelines.