Grant Name: Northern Participant Funding Program







Funding for Indigenous peoples and other Northerners to participate meaningfully in impact assessments of major projects in Yukon, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories and the Eeyou and Nunavik Marine Regions.

The Northern Participant Funding Program assists people in meaningfully participating and having their voices heard in impact assessments of major infrastructure and resource extraction projects that are likely to affect, positively or negatively, their land, lives or livelihoods.

Indigenous governments, non-governmental organizations, individuals and, in some cases local governments can submit funding applications for:

  • technical reviews of information
  • research
  • data collection
  • community meetings
  • honoraria
  • collection, translation, documentation or transmission of Indigenous knowledge or Inuit Qaujimaningit
  • preparation of submissions and presentations
  • preparation of witnesses

retention of experts, including legal representation


  • Indigenous governments and organizations
  • community groups
  • incorporated not-for-profit organizations
  • experts able to contribute specialized knowledge
  • Indigenous and Northern individuals
  • other northern residents or interested affected parties

To be eligible for funding, parties must meet at least 1 of the following criteria:

  • have a direct and local interest in the project, such as living, owning, or using property in the project area
  • have an interest in potential impacts to related claims and rights
  • have community knowledge, Indigenous Knowledge, Inuit Qaujimaningit or Indigenous perspective relevant to the assessment
  • plan to provide expert information relevant to the anticipated environmental, cultural or socio-economic effects of the project

Under certain circumstances municipal governments may be eligible. For more information please email

Individuals, groups or organizations that represent for-profit organizations or have a direct commercial interest in the development are not eligible for funding. Organizations that represent a level of non-Indigenous government are also generally ineligible, though an exception may be made for some municipal governments that serve a predominantly Indigenous population.

How to Apply?

Contact to receive a funding guide and application form.

Applications are reviewed by an independent application review committee. The committee consists of at least 3 people from territorial and federal governments, Indigenous organizations or other knowledgeable persons that have no interest or stake in the project.

The committee reviews funding applications, identifies groups whose contribution is valuable to the assessment of the proposed project, and recommends a level of funding required to effectively support participation.

The program aims to have decisions made within 4 weeks of receiving applications. Because funds are limited some applicants may receive less than the amount for which they applied, or may not be awarded funding.

Funding Amount

The total funding level for the program is $10.3 million over 5 years, starting 2018-19 to 2022-23

A recipient can receive up to $150 000 per project, per fiscal year (April 1 to March 31), depending on their application and on the funding available. Multi-year contribution agreements may be available if an impact assessment takes place over multiple fiscal years, and recipients can receive funding to participate in multiple impact assessments per fiscal year.

Contact Information

We are committed to improving the program welcome input on how the program can best serve our Indigenous and Northern partners. As a result of previous feedback, we have made significant improvements to program materials (such as the application form, guide, presentation material, and reporting template) based on engagement sessions in Whitehorse, Inuvik, Yellowknife, Cambridge Bay and Iqaluit.

If you have any suggestions please contact us at

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