Environment and Climate Change Canada – Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk


ECCC’s Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR) supports the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA).

AFSAR provides grants to projects seeking to support and promote the conservation, protection and recovery of target species and their habitats on Indigenous lands or lands where traditional food, social, and ceremonial activities are carried out by Indigenous peoples.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is a grant of $10,000 up to a maximum of $50,000 per project, per year.


Applicants must be all Indigenous communities and organizations located in Canada, including:

  • Indigenous not-for-profit and for profit organizations;
  • Territorially based Indigenous groups;
  • Chiefs councils, District councils, and Tribal councils;
  • Traditional appointed advisory committees;
  • Indigenous corporations, partnerships, and groups;
  • Indigenous research, academic, and educational institutions;
  • Indigenous cultural education centres;
  • Indigenous land/resource management authorities;
  • Indigenous co-operatives;
  • Indigenous societies, boards, and commissions; and
  • Other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients.

Applications Steps:

Applicants must:

Applicants will receive an acknowledgement that their application was submitted successfully within five (5) working days of submitting an application.

Documentation Needed:

Once confirmation of approval of the project is received, applicants will be required to submit additional information about their organizations, and other supporting documents.

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