Apply for Stewardship and Economic Development Funding by April 12

Vern Brown of the Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation checks motion-activated wildlife cameras as part of his work with the Kitasoo Stewardship Department. Photo by Brodie Guy.

First Nations in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii seeking support for stewardship programs and projects, or economic development initiatives, should apply to Coast Funds by Friday April 12.

Coast Funds was created to support First Nations in achieving their goals for permanent conservation and sustainable economic development. We accept applications from Participating First Nations for three types of funding:

Annual Stewardship Funding

Focuses on annual support of multi-year conservation programs such as stewardship offices, regional monitoring, heritage and natural resources, mapping and conservancy management, and more.

Annual programs funded with support from Coast Funds include Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations’ Guardian Watchmen Program, the Coastal Stewardship Network, the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department, and the Gitga’at Oceans and Lands Department (including their Guardian program).

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Stewardship Project Funding

Focuses on project-specific funding for conservation initiatives including scientific research, field studies, habitat restoration, investment in research equipment, conservation-related training programs, and more.

Examples of projects funded include the Nisga’a oolichan research project, Kwiakah First Nation’s aquatic assessments in the ᕈNacinuxᵂ Conservancy and the Phillips River watershed, and the Haida Nation’s youth culture camps that reconnect youth to Haida culture ands stewardship practices.

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Economic Development Funding

Focuses on the start-up or expansion of First Nations owned-and- operated businesses and economic infrastructure that directly supports multiple businesses including entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Development projects First Nations have pursued with support from Coast Funds’ economic development fund include Kitasoo/Xai’xais Nation’s Spirit Bear Lodge, Gwa’sala-’Nakwaxda’xw Nations’ economic development corporation, Wei Wai Kum’s seaside cottages in Campbell River, and K’ómoks First Nation’s Salish Sea Foods.

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We want to support you to make the application process as easy as possible. Please contact Brodie Guy (for stewardship applications) or Vicki Scully (for economic applications) as early as possible to let us know your organization will be submitting an application so we can support you through the application process.