FAQs – Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program

Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program

1. How often are applications processed during the year?

  • Government will review grant applications on a rolling intake basis until program funds are exhausted.

2. What is the minimum/maximum amount any eligible applicant can receive through the Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program?

  • AICCP provides funding for 100 per cent of eligible expenses per project.  An application can include more than one project with a maximum funding request of $100,000 per application.

Eligibility

3. Our community/organization is a not an Indigenous community/organization, are we eligible for this program?

  • No. The Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program works directly with Indigenous organizations in order to utilize the skills and experience those organizations have working with and for Indigenous peoples and communities.  This program specifically provides tools to help Indigenous communities and organizations develop climate leadership capacity within Indigenous communities and organizations.
  • Ineligible organizations may want to contact other Government of Alberta departments to inquire whether their organization is eligible for other climate leadership grant programs.

4. Will AICCP fund 100 per cent of a project’s costs?

  • AICCP can fund up to 100 per cent of a project’s costs, but there are a number of ineligible expenses, including capital expenses and living allowances while members are participating in training activities. Please see the program criteria for more details.

5. What types of activities are eligible for funding in AICCP?

  • The Alberta Indigenous Climate Capacity Program provides funding to develop climate leadership capacity in Indigenous communities. Examples of these activities may include:
    • Climate leadership coordinators;
    • Indigenous leadership climate training sessions;
    • Elder and youth climate awareness programs; and
    • Train-the-trainer sessions intended to increase local capacity in climate leadership program delivery.

6. What is a climate leadership coordinator?

  • Climate leadership coordinators are intended to be pathfinders within and for the community/organization to work on climate leadership related projects.
  • Some duties of a climate leadership coordinator include:
    • Developing and following through on climate leadership related programming initiatives;
    • Leading the effort and build involvement and support for climate leadership projects by community members and staff;
    • Engaging with internal and external stakeholders regarding partnerships in climate leadership; and
    • Remaining knowledgeable of current and future legislation and regulations affecting community/organization operations related to climate leadership.

7. Will AICCP provide funding for climate leadership coordinators at the First Nation or Metis Settlement level?

  • No. Due to the limited amount of grant funds available, funding constraints climate leadership coordinator funding is limited to Treaty Organizations, Tribal Councils, Metis Nation of Alberta or Metis Settlement General Council.

Application Criteria

8. Why is it important to have a detailed budget included in the grant application?

  • It is common practice to request a detailed budget listing all project costs and sources of revenue so the grant manager can determine eligible expenses and reasonable costs.

9. Will AICCP support us in developing our application?

  • If you have questions related to a specific project, or would like support developing an application please contact us. Project specific questions will be answered on a case-by-case basis.

10. Will an application be considered if our organization has outstanding reporting on other ministry grants?

  • No.  Applicants with overdue reporting from any previous Indigenous Relations grant will not be considered for new funding until the outstanding reporting is resolved.

Evaluation Process

11. What mandatory information is required for the grant application?

  • For the AICCP to evaluate an application, it must include the fully completed, signed and dated grant application, which includes:
    • The project title;
    • The proposed start and completion dates;
    • The purpose of the organization’s role in the project;
    • A description of the project, including any proposed contractors
    • Descriptions of the project objectives;
    • A description of community support for the project; and
    • A description of how the project activities will support increased climate leadership knowledge in the community/organization.

12. What is the assessment process?

  • Applications will be reviewed to ensure all mandatory information and documentation is included in the application package and that the applicant is eligible to apply.
  • If the application meets the criteria, a recommendation on the funding request will be made.

Grant Approval

13. Who approves my grant?

  • All grants are approved and signed by the Minister of Indigenous Relations.

14. What happens after a decision is made on my application?

  • Applicants will be informed of the funding decision by letter.
  • If the application is approved, funds will be transferred to the applicant roughly four to six weeks from the date of approval.
  • If an application does not meet the criteria, staff will work with the applicant to address the issue so the applicant can re-submit if they so choose.

Grant Funding Payment

15. When will I get my grant funds?

  • Generally, funding will be issued within four to six weeks from the date of approval.

16. What if a project applicant does not use all grant funds for the approved project? Will the applicant holder be allowed to use surplus money on other projects?

  • No.  Any unused funds must be returned to the Government of Alberta as stated in the grant agreement.

Amendments

17. What if the project scope changes after the grant has been approved?

  • If the project or scope changes, applicants must contact and speak to their assigned grant manger to discuss the changes immediately.

18. The project will not be completed on time. Do I need to notify the grant manager?

  • Yes. The grant recipient must request an extension in writing.
  • Grant recipients must contact their grant manager and request a new proposed end date for the project and provide a brief explanation of delays. This must be done before the original end date of the project, and the recipient will be notified by the grant manager when the extension is approved.

Final Reporting

19. When will final reporting be due?

  • Final reporting is due 60 days from the end date of the project. If reporting is not received within this time frame, future funding may be delayed.

20. What type of reporting will be required?

  • Grant recipients are required to submit the following three reports:
    1. Financial statement: Description of expenditures of the project. The financial statement must be signed by an officer of the organization with signing authority and an original should be forwarded to the grant manager.
    2. Narrative Report: The summary will be project specific and will include information on the description of actual results, results of any stakeholder and partner involvements, highlights of program evaluations, success stories, summaries of any client surveys and summary of skills learned by clients.
    3. Lessons Learned Survey that will be provided to participants: The survey will seek the answer the following questions:
      • Is the community/organization satisfied with the overall project?
      • What are the key outcomes?
      • What would you do differently if you had the chance?
      • How will the community utilize the knowledge developed through the project?
      • Are there any additional climate capacity programs/projects planned for the future?

21. Are there templates for the final reporting?

  • Yes, there is a template that can be used for the financial statement. Grant managers can provide this template upon request.

22. Is an audited financial statement required for financial reporting?

  • No. An audited financial statement is not required.