First Nation Student Success Program

The First Nation Student Success Program (FNSSP) supports First Nations educators on reserve (kindergarten to grade 12) in their ongoing efforts to meet students' needs and improve student and school results. Funding is limited to activities intended for students attending First Nation-operated schools.

As of April 1, 2019 this program has been rolled into the core funding provided to First Nations through the Elementary and Secondary Education Program as part of the New policy and funding approach for First Nations kindergarten to grade 12 education.

Budget 2016 is investing $100 million over five years to support First Nations literacy and numeracy.

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About the program

The FNSSP supports activities that increase students' achievement levels in reading and writing (literacy), mathematics (numeracy) and encourage students to remain in school (student retention).

Activities funded through this program are required to include three interrelated components:

In the 2018-2019 call, funding is available to eligible recipients who commit to undertaking all three components of the FNSSP within a two-year period. Funding is provided in the form of a two-year set contribution. A set contribution is a transfer payment that is dependent on performance as outlined in a funding agreement. The program supports costs associated with the development of the plan and costs associated with the implementation of eligible activities identified within the plan.

Early literacy option

In the 2018-2019 call, funding is also available for support of early literacy education activities. Early literacy focuses on activities that support schools' literacy strategies and best meet the needs of students.

Proposals should address improving literacy outcomes of First Nations students between kindergarten and grade 3, and complement the existing literacy strategies included in the school success planning component of an existing proposal.

Activities can include:

  • addressing early literacy needs through one-on-one or group learning
  • implementing targeted or remedial instruction
  • developing problem solving and activity-based learning
  • introducing professional development focused on early year interventions or assessments
  • implementing early years assessments
  • involving communities and families in the design and implementation of early literacy initiatives

Who can apply?

A school may only receive services from one regional First Nations organization.

Some First Nations band councils and federal schools that are not receiving these services, support or funding from any regional First Nations organization may be eligible for funding. Independent First Nations are encouraged to form groups, or join one, in order to facilitate efficient, effective service delivery and economies of scale.

Regional First Nations organizations cannot act only as a flow-through to member or non-member organizations under this program. They cannot issue calls for proposals to member or non-member organizations for activities funded through this program. This must be clear in the proposal.


The deadline to submit a proposal for 2018-2019 was December 13, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

How to apply?

The template to submit a proposal for the FNSSP is available through the ISC Service Portal or your regional office. If you do not have access to the portal, please contact your regional office. Only complete electronic proposals will be considered.

More detailed information about the application process, eligible activities, eligible recipients, selection criteria and the monitoring process can be found in:

Along with the completed proposal application form, applicants must also submit commitment/community support letters.

Only complete proposals will be considered for assessment.

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