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Support for Indigenous Forestry Sector Through IFI Fund

Support for Indigenous Forestry Sector Through IFI Fund

July 3, 2020


The federal government launched a call for proposals under the Indigenous Forestry Initiatives Fund. While applications to the Indigenous Forestry Initiative (IFI) are accepted throughout the year, the review of submissions received by Thursday, August 20, 2020, 23:59 PDT will happen at the next evaluation panel scheduled in September 2020.

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Who is eligible for funding?

  • Indigenous communities and governments such as:
    • Band and tribal councils
    • Governments of self-governing First Nations
    • Local governments of Inuit communities
    • Métis organizations
    • Economic development corporations
    • National and regional Indigenous organizations
  • For-profit and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, joint ventures, associations, co-operatives and institutions that are Indigenous or majority-owned and controlled by Indigenous people or endorsed by an Indigenous partner organization or community
  • Provincial, territorial, municipal, and regional governments working with an Indigenous partner organization
  • Academic institutions and research associations working with an Indigenous partner organization

What types of projects are eligible for funding?

The scope of projects funded by the IFI is broad, with three general categories:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Forest resource use and management
  • Forest bioeconomy participation (e.g. biomass for heat/energy; pellet manufacturing, etc.)

Examples of IFI funded activities include:

  • Preparing plans/assessments that cultivate economic opportunities in forestry
  • Training and skills development to support forestry projects
  • Planning for businesses, including start-up or expansion
  • Developing forestry related tools, technology, products, and services

Note: Natural Resources Canada has other funding programs to promote participation in the forest bioeconomy to reduce reliance on diesel fuels.  See the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities (CERRC) program for more information.

How to Apply

Step 1: Email IFI for the Applicant Guide

  • To get step–by-step instructions on how to apply online, send an email to the IFI team ( with the words “Applicant Guide” in the subject line. In the body of the email include:
    • Contact first and last name
    • Contact telephone number
    • Contact email address
  • Review the guide to understand IFI’s purpose and eligibility conditions

Step 2: Contact a regional liaison officer

Step 3: Create your online profile and complete your application

  • To create your online GCKey and profile (this is a one-time step)
  • Complete the online application form
  • The IFI will contact applicants after your submission is received

Next steps

  • The IFI Secretariat will review applications for eligibility and completeness
  • Eligible applications will be evaluated by an Expert Review Panel made up of subject-matter experts in the fields of Indigenous economic development, forestry and finance
  • Evaluation will be based on the information provided in your application and the assessment criteria outlined in the applicant guide
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be notified and you can ask to discuss the evaluation results

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