First Nations Development Fund Grant Program

The First Nations Development Fund (FNDF) grant program is a Government of Alberta lottery grant program available exclusively to First Nations Band Councils in Alberta.  Developed by First Nations and the Government of Alberta, the FNDF grant program is supported by a portion of revenues from government-owned slot machines located in First Nation casinos in Alberta. First Nations in Alberta can apply to the FNDF grant program for social, economic and community development projects.  The FNDF grant program is part of the Government of Alberta’s First Nations Gaming Policy, which includes a provision for the allocation of slot machine proceeds from First Nation casinos to a FNDF grant program from the Alberta Lottery Fund.

The 2015/2016 budgeted projection for the FNDF grant program is $128 million.  The FNDF grant program makes a significant contribution to promoting healthy and vibrant First Nations communities, fully participating in the opportunities of a prosperous and diverse Alberta.

Program Objectives and Eligible Costs

FNDF grant program funding may only be used for economic, social and community development projects, such as education, health, and infrastructure activities.  All applications must clearly demonstrate this eligibility.  Grant funds can only be used for projects approved by Aboriginal Relations.

FNDF grant program funds cannot be used for:

  • Operating or financing a casino, gaming facility or gaming equipment;
  • Per capita distributions, meaning a general distribution of money or other property, whether directly or indirectly, on a per capita basis; or
  • Creating or providing for a security interest in the grant monies.

Who can apply

Only recognized First Nation Band Councils in Alberta are eligible to apply to the FNDF grant program.  To apply for a grant, please use the grant application form:

A completed grant application includes:

  • a signed and completed application;
  • a detailed project description;
  • detailed project funding/budget information; and
  • a Band Council Resolution.

For more information on the FNDF Grant Program

For a listing of the projects funded by the FNDF grant program, go to the Who Benefits database at http://albertalotteryfund.ca/aboutthealf/whobenefits.asp and under “agency”, choose “First Nations Development Fund".

Liaison Officers are available to provide information, advice and assistance in planning for the use of the FNDF grant program in a manner that works best for First Nation communities, and is within the terms of the grant agreement.  They can assist First Nations in applying to the Fund, reporting and other requirements.

For more information contact:

First Nations Development Fund
Alberta Indigenous Relations

Twin Atria Building
400, 4999-98 Avenue
Edmonton, AB T6B 2X3
Phone:780-415-1250
Fax:780-643-6010