Mandatory Notice of Intent was due September 8, 2017
If you are applying for a fish or wildlife grant in our Peace Region, you must have submitted a mandatory Notice of Intent (NOI) by Friday, September 8, 2017. If you did not submit the NOI, sorry, but you cannot apply for a grant this year. Contact our Peace Region manager for more information.
The NOI is an important part of our commitment to First Nations. It helps inform First Nations about your proposed project and allows our Peace Region Manager, Chelsea Coady, to provide you with additional guidance before submitting your grant application on October 27, 2017.
Your NOI will be reviewed by our First Nations Working Group and you will receive written notice via email advising you to contact specific First Nations in our Peace Region to discuss your proposed project.
We expect the dialogue to:
- Occur in advance of the grant application deadline;
- Determine First Nations’ support for the proposed project; and
- Identify reasonable opportunities for First Nation involvement and recognition and the inclusion of cultural values and traditional knowledge in the proposed project.
Use these points to guide your discussion with First Nations:
- First Nations Priorities’ and Values: Discuss specific priorities and values for the First Nations and identify how this information can be incorporated into the project scope.
- Community Activity Timelines: Discuss the timelines of the project activities relative to traditional, cultural or community activities and how to ensure there is no conflict between activities.
- Traditional Knowledge: Discuss if there are opportunities to incorporate traditional and local knowledge into the project scope.
- Training Opportunities: Discuss and determine First Nations’ training opportunities related to the project (e.g. electrofishing certification). Costs associated with First Nations’ training can be included as a budget line item in the project application.
- Employment Approach: Discuss preferred approach to hiring First Nations’ members who may be involved in the project and determine appropriate daily rates for First Nations (e.g. hiring members on an individual basis or hiring through the First Nation or a First Nation-owned company).
- Level of Involvement: Based on the above discussion points and the different types of involvement that could result from these discussions, four types of involvement are defined below (the grant applicant must select the type of involvement or “type of partnership” the First Nations have with the project). FWCP encourages meaningful involvement by First Nations to strengthen and maintain relationships with First Nations.
i. Financial or in-kind support – First Nation contributes funds or in-kind services which increase the total value of the project
ii. Support in principle – A First Nation provides a letter of support for the project but is not directly involved
iii. Working relationship – Budgeted involvement in the project. (e.g. First Nations technicians employed through the project)
iv. Project development support – First Nation contributes to project development and implementation
Letters of support are optional
Letters of support from a government agency, First Nation, or stakeholder/community group are optional for Peace Region grant applicants. They are encouraged and can be used to strengthen your grant application.
Follow our guidance for Arctic Grayling projects
In July 2017, we finalized an Arctic Grayling synthesis report and prepared a monitoring framework that identifies high-priority information gaps and monitoring needs related to Arctic Grayling. These monitoring needs must be undertaken prior to funding on-the-ground conservation and enhancement projects, and include:
- Acquiring population data;
- Identifying critical habitats; and
- Assessing potential limiting factors.
Grant applications for projects to conserve and enhance Arctic Grayling in our Peace Region must align with our Streams Action Plan (Actions 1b-3 and 1b-4) and the monitoring needs in the synthesis report and monitoring framework.
Projects must occur within or relate to our Peace Region
We fund projects to be delivered within the boundaries of our Peace Region. We may fund projects that only partially overlap with our region boundary if the project is related to a species that moves across the regional boundary (e.g. caribou herds). Additionally, projects with a strong community engagement or stewardship and education focus could have some, but not all, project components outside of our regional boundary. These projects must still demonstrate they are addressing a priority action in a Peace Region Action Plan. Please contact our Peace Region Manager Chelsea Coady to discuss your project idea for grant application.