Band Support Funding

This program helps First Nations with the costs of local government and with administering services funded by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC). It provides a stable funding base to support effective community governance and the efficient delivery of services.

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About the program

The program provides funds in the form of a grant and not a contribution agreement. Grants allow bands the flexibility to distribute funds according to their individual needs and priorities in meeting the cost of local government.

Program funding is distributed to First Nations based on a funding formula that takes into account a community's size and services it manages. Grants focus on costs related to the administration of programs and services funded by the department.

The maximum funding available for each band is determined by the following seven components:

Find out more about these components and the funding formula in the Band Support Funding Program Policy.

Who can apply?

Any First Nation ("Indian band" as defined by the Indian Act, RSC, 1985) whether or not they are located on a reserve.


Varies by region between January and March 31 of each year. Contact your INAC regional office.

How to apply

Recipients must complete an annual application form. To receive an increase in funding, renew a funding agreement or manage a new program, a new application form must be submitted.

When applying, use the First Nation Application for Indian Government Support Programs and follow the instructions. Please consult the Band Support Funding Program Policy for more information.

Submit a completed application to your regional office.

The department will review applications to determine the maximum eligible funding level for the new fiscal year.

For more information on how to develop governance capacity in your community, please consult Tools for Governance.

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