Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) Grant

Government of Canada


Grant amount: Up to C $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Feb 23, 2019 (Letter of inquiry)

Later anticipated deadlines: Mar 19, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Research

Location of project: Canada

Location of residency: Canada

Exclusive to minorities: Yes

View website    Save Need help writing this grant?

Overview:

Note: An expression of Interest,  due at the "letter of inquiry" deadline above,  is strongly encouraged, particularly for applicants who have not received AFSAR funding in the past or for those applying to a new stream.

One of the Government of Canada’s conservation results is the recovery of species at risk. Now into its 15th year, the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) program supports the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). This fund also enables the Government of Canada to facilitate Indigenous involvement in activities that protect or conserve habitats for species at risk (SAR) and to proactively prevent species, other than SAR, from becoming a conservation concern.Funding under AFSAR is separated into two streams:

  • The AFSAR Species at Risk Stream focuses on projects addressing the recovery of species at risk listed on Schedule 1 of SARA; and
  • The AFSAR Prevention Stream focuses on projects addressing other species, beyond those listed on SARA, to prevent them from becoming a conservation concern

Important information

In an effort to improve support for government conservation priorities and to optimize delivery of funding to more effectively and efficiently implement new strategic directions, the responsible Departments have revised their approach to prioritization and have made some significant adjustments to the requirements of the funding Programs. To this end, starting in 2018 to 2019, all species at risk funding programs (the Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk, the Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk, and the Interdepartmental Recovery Fund) have adopted a common tiered approach for regional priorities that will be used to guide the selection and prioritization of proposals for the funding of terrestrial stewardship projects. The tiered prioritization approach applies to projects in terrestrial environments only. The approach to regional priorities for aquatic stewardship projects remains unchanged in 2018 to 2019.

Tiered regional priorities - terrestrial SAR Stream

Higher priority for funding to lower priority for funding:

  • Tier 1 priorities
    • focal landscapes
  • Tier 2 priorities
    • overarching priority species, sectors and threats
  • Tier 3 priorities
    • existing Regional Priorities (area, species, threat)

Tiered Regional Priorities- Terrestrial Prevention Stream

Higher priority for funding to lower priority for funding:

  • Tier 1 priorities
    • focal landscapes
  • Tier 2 priorities
    • overarching priority species, sectors and threats
  • Tier 3 priorities
    • actions identified in Bird Conservation Region Strategies

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk Species at Risk stream

Expected Results

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must demonstrate how they contribute directly to the recovery objectives and population goals of species at risk. Further, the proposal should include one or more of the elements below, and describe how they contribute to the species’ recovery objectives and population goals:

  • strengthen capacity in Indigenous communities for SARA implementation
  • mitigate threats to SAR, be they individuals or populations
  • protect, improve or manage critical and important habitatFootnote 2 of SAR
  • document and conserve Aborignial Traditional Knowledge (ATK) and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) on SAR and, where appropriate, help with their use in the development of recovery objectives

National priorities

The national priorities for the AFSAR SAR Stream are projects or activities that focus on the following:

  • implementation of priority activities described in recovery strategies, action plans or management plans
  • implementation of multi-species projects with a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives
  • implementation of projects involving collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners
  • the recovery of species at risk and threats to species at risk included as part of an international agreement
  • activities that address the impacts or respond to the threats of climate change as described in recovery strategies, action plans or management plans
  • the consideration of ATK for application in SARA processes including species assessment and the planning and implementation of recovery documents

Projects that incorporate one or more national priorities as project activities have a higher chance of receiving funding.

See full guidelines for the Species at Risk stream .

Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk Prevention stream

Expected results

In order to be eligible, proposed projects must contribute to one or more of the following expected results of the AFSAR Prevention Stream:

  • strengthen capacity in Indigenous communities for their participation in preventive action to conserve the target species and their associated habitats
  • stop, remove or mitigate potential threats, caused by human activities, to individual target species and/or their habitat
  • protect, improve or manage important habitatFootnote 3 of the target species
  • document and conserve ITK and TEK on the target species

National priorities

The national priorities for the AFSAR Prevention Stream are projects or activities that focus on the following:

  • species assessed as ”Endangered”, “Threatened”, or “Species of Concern” by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC)
  • implementation of multi-species projects with a focus on ecosystem-based recovery initiatives
  • implementation of projects involving collaboration among multiple stakeholders/partners
  • implementation of priority activities in established wildlife and/or habitat conservation plans
  • supporting the enhancement of wildlife that are of cultural and/or socio-economic importance to local communities
  • activities that address the impacts or respond to the threats of climate change to the targeted species as referenced in COSEWIC assessments

Projects that incorporate one or more national priorities as project activities have a higher chance of receiving funding.

See full guidelines for the Prevention Stream.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Eligible recipients
    • All Indigenous communities and organizations located in Canada are eligible for funding (see list below).
    • Furthermore, a partner organization (Indigenous or non-Indigenous) may submit an application on behalf of one or more Indigenous communities or organizations if the organization provides a letter of support from the community indicating that it has been formally mandated to do so by the application deadline.
    • Eligible recipients include the following types of Indigenous communities and organizations
      • indigenous associations/organizations
      • territorially based Indigenous groups
      • district councils/Chief and Council
      • traditional appointed advisory committees
      • indigenous corporations
      • band/Tribal councils
      • indigenous partnerships and groups
      • indigenous school authorities
      • indigenous cultural education centres
      • indigenous land/resource management authorities
      • indigenous co-operatives
      • indigenous societies
      • indigenous boards and commissions
      • other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients
  • Funding is Canada-wide. Projects must take place on:
    • Reserves and Lands set apart for the use and benefit of Indigenous Peoples under the Indian Act or under section 91 (24) of the Constitution Act, 1867;
    • Other lands directly controlled by Indigenous Peoples (e.g., Métis Settlement lands, and land claim/treaty settlement lands), and lands set aside in the Yukon and Northwest Territories pursuant to Cabinet Directive, circular No.27;
    • Lands and waters where traditional activities (harvesting or other) are carried out; and
    • Federal waters.
  • A minimum of 20% matching contributions (from non-federal sources) is required (20₵ confirmed match for each $1 of AFSAR funding).