Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program

Accepting applications

The Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program is accepting expressions of interest from First Nations for the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year until October 23, 2020.

This program provides funding for long-term climate monitoring projects in Indigenous communities.

Budget 2017 announced $31.4 million over 5 years to implement this program.

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About the program

This program provides funding to support Indigenous peoples in the design, implementation, or expansion of long-term community-based climate monitoring projects. Specifically, the program supports community-led projects to monitor climate and the environmental effects of climate change on communities and traditional territories. The program also facilitates access to tools and best practices, enhances collaboration and coordination among initiatives, and supports Indigenous participation in program oversight.

Examples of eligible activities for funding include:

The information gathered through community-based climate monitoring initiatives can be used to inform Indigenous community adaptation actions and address climate data gaps.

These initiatives also provide local skill development and employment opportunities for youth and others and promote knowledge transfer between generations.

Call for Expressions of interest for First Nations projects 2021-2022

This call for proposals is being made in 2 phases:

  1. expression of interest
  2. full proposal

Successful applicants will be instructed on how to proceed with phase 2.

Who can apply?

  • Band councils
  • Tribal councils and associations
  • Governments of self-governing First Nation communities

Applicants can work with external partners such as:

  • other Indigenous communities
  • federal, provincial, territorial or regional governments
  • non-governmental organizations
  • academic institutions
  • professional service providers

Contact us to find out about funding opportunities for Inuit and Métis.


The deadline for First Nations to submit an expression of interest application to Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC) is October 23, 2020 at 11:59 pm Pacific time.

Next steps:

  • December 2020: CIRNAC will notify successful and unsuccessful expression of interest applicants
  • February 2021: successful expression of interest applicants will submit full proposals to CIRNAC
  • Spring 2021: CIRNAC will notify successful and unsuccessful full proposal applicants

How to apply?

  1. Review the Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program Guide for Applicants 2021-2022
  2. Consult the list of projects funded for ideas about the kind of projects the program supports:
  3. Contact to receive an Expression of interest application package and to discuss your project idea
  4. Determine whether your project is a better fit under the "Emerging" or "Experienced" stream (the applications will be evaluated separately under the 2 streams)
  5. Submit your expression of interest application in an email to

Applications are for projects beginning in the 2021 to 2022 fiscal year only.

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