The First Nations and Métis Relations Unit supports qualifying innovative projects that involve practical arrangements and partnerships with First Nations and/or Métis communities, agencies or non-profit organizations. Projects will be considered under the following categories:
- Safe Communities
- Strong Families
- Student Achievement
- Economic Growth
Who Can Apply?
An authorized representative(s) of a Saskatchewan-based:
- First Nations Band Council or Tribal Council;
- Métis Nation-Saskatchewan Local, Métis Region;
- First Nations or Métis representative organization;
- Aboriginal non-profit organization;
- Non-Aboriginal non-profit organization seeking partnerships with Aboriginal communities or whose programs/services benefit a primarily First Nations or Métis clientele;
- Municipality; or
- Government organizations.
To qualify for funding, applicants must:
- Describe how the project is innovative, builds partnerships, improves relationships and contributes to improved outcomes;
- Have at least one partner*. (Partnerships may include federal, provincial or municipal governments; non-profit organizations; educational institutions; First Nations Bands, Tribal Councils, Métis Nation-Saskatchewan locals or regions, First Nations or Métis representative organizations; or private sector firms.)
- Non-profits must demonstrate "active" status with the Information Services Corporation (ISC);
- Provide written endorsement from the partner(s) of the project; and
- Demonstrate financial accountability and solid governance practices.
*The First Nations and Métis Relations Unit is not to be considered one of the partners.
- All costs must be specific to the project.
- The First Nations and Métis Relations Unit may provide a maximum of $15,000 for community projects or $45,000 for regional or multi-party projects.
- Funding must not exceed 40 per cent of total project costs.
- Projects may be eligible for funding more than once on an annual basis.
- In-kind contributions may be considered towards total project costs.
- Funding of projects will be adjudicated on a case-by-case basis.
- Existing staff salaries or wages;
- Costs associated with the administrative or overhead costs of the organization;
- Corporate/business projects intended to make a profit;
- Honoraria other than for Elders; and/or
- Upon being approved for a grant, recipients must sign a Letter of Offer that details the conditions under which the grant is to be used, and agree to reporting requirements.
- Grants will be subject to a hold-back pending completion of a final report and an accounting of expenditures.
- Reports must be submitted prior to being considered for further projects.