2022 Call for Concept Notes Indigenous Peoples Partnering for Climate

Government of Canada

Relevent Country: Canada

The Government of Canada is seeking application for 2022 Call for Concept Notes—Indigenous Peoples Partnering for Climate.


  • This call is designed to improve the climate resilience of Indigenous Peoples in developing countries. The aim is to support the Indigenous climate leadership of Indigenous organizations in Canada and/or non-Indigenous organizations in Canada that have strong connections with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.
  • The selected overarching project(s) will have various components, including sub-granting, capacity building, monitoring, reporting, and overall governance (see Image 1). The sub-granting component will result in funding for climate action partnership projects designed and implemented by Indigenous Peoples in Canada in partnership with Indigenous Peoples in developing countries. The partnership projects will also need to align with the international climate finance outcomes described.

Note: This call seeks concept notes for overarching projects only. It is not seeking concept notes for partnership projects between Indigenous organizations in Canada and in developing countries. The partnership projects will be funded through the subsequent sub-granting component of the overarching project(s) selected through this call.

Funding Information

  • Up to the maximum funding available ($15 million).


Your proposed overarching project aligns with Canada’s International Climate Finance Program Logic Model (Annex 1) at all levels of outcomes related to nature-based solutions and biodiversity and aims to achieve the following ultimate outcome:

  • Improved climate resilience of Indigenous Peoples in developing countries
  • See Results-based management (RBM) for international assistance programming: A how-to guide to ensure that your outcome statements respect results-based management principles. Note: The Indigenous-led partnership projects as part of the sub-granting component will also have to support the climate adaptation priorities of Indigenous Peoples in developing countries and align with the Climate Finance Program Logic Model.
  • Your proposed overarching project aligns with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. These constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the Indigenous Peoples of the world.

Your proposed overarching project aligns with climate finance objectives:

  • Supports climate change adaptation (see Project Coding – Policy Markers). Note: preference may be given to overarching projects that include biodiversity as an additional objective.
  • Integrates gender equality at least partially, i.e. at least 1 outcome results in a change in skills, awareness, or knowledge that contributes to gender equality. Note: preference may be given to overarching projects that fully integrate or target gender quality (see Gender equality coding requirements).
  • contributes to at least 2 of the 5 climate finance policy objectives (see climate finance policy objectives).

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible, your organization (and any co-signatories) must demonstrate how it meets each of the following eligibility criteria and, where stipulated, must provide supporting documentation. If your organization is submitting a concept note on behalf of a group of organizations that would all sign the funding agreement with Global Affairs Canada, each organization (i.e. co-signatory) must meet all of the following requirements and provide documentation:

  • Your organization is an Indigenous organization in Canada. Your organization must provide supporting documentation regarding its history, governance structure, and/or ownership.
  • Your organization is a non-Indigenous organization in Canada that has strong connections with Indigenous organizations in Canada and experience working with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis.
  • Strong connections may refer to close relationships, common interests, partnerships and/or collaborative work.
  • Applicable to non-Indigenous organizations: You are submitting 1 or more letter(s) of support from Indigenous organizations and/or First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis (and, if applicable, from Indigenous Peoples in developing countries) that demonstrate strong connections (close relationship, common interests, partnerships and/or collaborative work). The letter(s) must provide such information as the nature of the relationships/partnerships, the length of time and context that you worked together, and the results achieved.
  • Your organization has the required experience to implement the proposed overarching project.
  • Your organization is legally incorporated in Canada with a Canada Revenue Agency business number. Your organization must have an office, employees, and/or board of directors in Canada.
  • You are submitting only 1 application under this call as a signatory. Your organization may also participate as a non-signatory partner on 1 concept note or multiple concept notes from other applicants. Note: If your organization submits more than 1 application as signatory under this call, they  will only consider the application with the earliest submission time-stamp.
  • You are registered in the Partners@International portal.

Guiding Parameters

  • Indigenous self-determination—Organizations must demonstrate how they respect and integrate Indigenous self-determination in their work and clearly prioritize Indigenous leadership, capacity and partnership building, and co-learning.
  • Indigenous climate leadership—Organizations must demonstrate how they recognize and support the locally driven climate priorities and perspectives of Indigenous Peoples in developing countries. Where possible, the project should indicate how the proposed project links to First Nation, Inuit and/or the Métis Nation climate priorities (see Canada’s Partnership with Indigenous Peoples on Climate).
  • Indigenous perspectives on climate adaptation—Organizations must demonstrate how they integrate and understand Indigenous Peoples knowledge systems and perspectives on environment, climate change, and self-determined climate adaptation strategies.