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Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?
What types of activities are funded?
Can we have more than one BCCI proposal?
How much can we apply for?
What costs are allowable? What costs are not allowable?
How are applications evaluated?
When does the project have to be done?
What happens after we submit our proposal by closing date?
What do I do if my proposal was not approved/funded?
How do we know if we have been approved?
Is there an appeal process?
Who do I contact if I have questions about the proposal process?

Who is eligible to apply?

First Nations groups such as bands, tribal councils, or incorporated organizations representing First Nations are eligible to apply.

Applicants are not eligible if:

  • They are signatories to a modern treaty;
  • Indigenous Services Canada has not accepted their most recent audited financial statement; or
  • They have outstanding final reports from previous BC Capacity Initiative projects (contact Indigenous Services Canada office to inquire about reporting matters).

Only one application will be accepted per group except when that group is also involved in a separate regional project.

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What types of activities are funded?

The BC Capacity Initiative can support a broad range of activities that contribute to First Nations' capacity to engage in reconciliation discussions. Below are examples of the activities supported:

  • Strategic planning to establish the foundation for self-determination and self-sufficiency.
  • Developing land and resources governance structures and regulatory frameworks that are linked to land and resources consultation, negotiation or management.
  • Developing land and resources skills through sector-specific training by accredited institutions and on-the-job assignments, or professional skills development in key areas that support consultation, negotiation and management of land and resources.
  • Surveying, inventory and recording of traditional land use and resource management knowledge.

Please refer to the Capacity Initiative Proposal Guidelines for further details.

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Can we have more than one BCCI proposal?

One proposal will be accepted per applicant. Please note that First Nations who are participating in a regional proposal (e.g. proposal from a Tribal Council) may also submit a proposal on behalf of their community (e.g. proposal from a member band) as long as the project is not being duplicated.

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How much can we apply for?

There is no maximum limit on the amount of BCCI funding that can be requested for a project. However, applicants must provide a detailed budget and project description that demonstrates strong evidence of expenditure planning and achievability of deliverables within the fiscal year. Refer to the current BCCI Proposal Guidelines for more details.

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What costs are allowable? What costs are not allowable?

Only project-related expenses are eligible. These may include:

  • New! Administrative costs (maximum of 10% total requested funding)
  • Employee salaries and benefits
  • Honoraria
  • Course fees and training services
  • Information and software costs
  • Consulting fees
  • Supplies and materials
  • Capital expenditures (maximum 6% of total requested funding)

The following expenses are not eligible:

  • Fees incurred for the purposes of litigation
  • Fees related to a person obtaining a post-secondary degree or diploma
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How are applications evaluated?

We fund projects that have clear objectives and measurable results. Your application will be evaluated based on the evaluation criteria below and compared with other applications and prioritize it in relation to the funds available. Failure to comply with any conditions of a previously funded project will be considered in the evaluation of your new application and could result in the rejection of your new application. The BC Capacity Initiative application evaluation process considers the following criteria:

  1. Strength of the connection between the project and preparation for reconciliation discussions.
  2. How well the project complements the stated planning objectives of the community.
  3. Where appropriate, evidence that the First Nation group is involved in the project development and implementation.
  4. When consultants are involved, a clear explanation for how the project will facilitate a transfer of knowledge into the administration, the community, or between community members.
  5. Indications that strong partnerships will be developed.
  6. The quality of the application (strong deliverables, complete work plan, and detailed budget).

The BC Capacity Initiative has an external council that assists in the development of evaluation criteria and in the selection of projects. BC Capacity Initiative council meetings occur annually to discuss the coming years funding. A list of the current members is available at http://www.bccapacity.org/council.aspx.

Please refer to the Capacity Initiative Application Guidelines for details.

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When does the project have to be done?

Projects funded under fixed funding must be completed within one fiscal year (i.e. project can begin on or after April 1st and be completed by March 31st, in the following year, or earlier). Projects that are sufficiently close to being completed may be permitted to carryforward funding into the next fiscal year.

Projects funded under flexible funding can span two fiscal years and must be completed by the end of the funding agreement.

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What happens after we submit our proposal by closing date?

Applicants will receive a letter of receipt of application in November (following the closing date) from the BC Capacity Initiative. Applications are then screened for eligibility. Applicants of ineligible applications will be notified. Eligible applications are then evaluated and assessed for merit by the Capacity Initiative Council. Applicants will be advised of the results of this evaluation process by a letter of decision in March, in the following year. Selected proposals will be recommended for funding.

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What do I do if my proposal was not approved/funded?

Contact the BC Capacity Initiative Coordinator, Alice Wong, at alice.wong2@canada.ca or (604) 396-6420, to request a summary or discuss the evaluation comments made on the proposal during the proposal review process.

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How do we know if we have been approved?

Recommended Applicants will receive a letter of approval from BC Capacity Initiative. At that time, an Amendment will be generated at ISC for signature by the recipient’s Chief and Council or Director of an organization. Applicants may receive this amendment as early as April.

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Is there an appeal process?

There is no appeal process. BC Capacity Initiative funding is fully allocated each year during the Proposal Recommendation Meeting.

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Who do I contact if I have questions about the proposal process?

Contact the BC Capacity Initiative Secretariat by email at aadnc.BCCDcapacity.aandc@canada.ca or call Alice Wong, at (604) 396-6420.
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