The BC First Nations Caribou Recovery Implementation Fund (FNCRIF) has been developed to provide an additional means for First Nations communities and organizations to advance recovery efforts for threatened caribou herds in British Columbia. The fund is envisioned to generate new, collaborative, First Nations-led caribou recovery actions rooted in traditional knowledge and scientific understanding.
Two streams of funding — seed funding for developing a project proposal, and multi-year funding (1 to 2 years) for implementation of a recovery initiative — are designed to offer flexibility, support in development, and consistency for longer-term initiatives.
FNCRIF is focused on projects that support and promote the recovery of caribou listed as “threatened” under the federal Species and Risk Act (SARA) and includes the following herds: Boreal, Southern Mountain-Northern Group, Southern Mountain – Central Group, and Southern Mountain – Southern Group. A herd map is below.
All First Nations communities (with traditional territory within British Columbia) and First Nations organizations are eligible for funding, including:
First Nations not-for-profit and for-profit organizations that focus on animal stewardship
Territorially based First Nations groups
Chief’s councils, District councils, and Tribal councils
First Nations corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, and groups
First Nations-led research, academic, and educational institutions
First Nations-led cultural education centres
First Nations-led land/resource management authorities
First Nations-led societies, boards, and commissions
Other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients
The Fraser Basin Council will accept one application per community or organization per year. Multiple small projects may be combined into one application. If so, the applicant should make clear the objectives and predicted outcomes of each project and identify all the project partners.
Seed funding, up to $10,000, is available to applicants to explore options, acquire or refine expertise in preparation for activity implementation, or secure expertise to refine a proposal. Applicants may apply for seed funding only once.
Implementation Funding is available for projects that are 1-2 years in duration, up to $75,000 per year (consideration for projects of higher value may be given in special circumstances to a maximum of $150,000. Implementation Funding can be managed across fiscal years.
The FNCRIF Advisory Committee provides the external and final review to support a transparent and fair proposal process and recommends approval of proposals for funding to Fraser Basin Council (FBC). Proposals submitted to the program will be subject first to an administrative screening for completeness and eligibility by FBC staff. Eligible proposals will be forwarded to the Provincial Caribou Recovery Program team for review for potential conflicts or alignment with provincial caribou recovery strategies. (Please note: more complex applications may require thoughtful consideration. If an application cannot be reviewed in the application review window, they will be managed as part of the next funding intake period. If this occurs, all parties (including the FNCRIF Advisory Committee) will be notified.)
The FNCRIF Advisory Committee will provide a final technical review aimed at ensuring that technically sound proposals are put forward for funding. This Terms of Reference will be reviewed annually and revised as needed.
Request for Expressions of Interest for Advisory Committee Nominees
The FNCRIF secretariat (Fraser Basin Council) is requesting expressions of interest from potential candidates to be considered for the FNCRIF Advisory Committee. The purpose of the FNCRIF Advisory Committee is to review proposals for potential funding. Learn more.
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About the Fraser Basin Council
The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.