Education Partnerships Program

This proposal-based program is designed to advance First Nations student achievement in First Nations, independent, provincial and territorial schools.

The 2022 to 2023 call for proposals for the Partnerships and Structural Readiness components is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal is June 19, 2022 at 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

The 2022 to 2023 call for work plans for the Regional Education Agreement component opened on April 1, 2022. The deadline to submit a work plan is December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

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About the program

The program supports:

The program has 3 distinct funding components:

  1. Partnerships: this component supports First Nations education administration and service delivery organizations to deliver activities that:
    • are related to existing partnerships
    • address some of their governance and administration costs

    Activities can strengthen or expand their services to advance student success in First Nations, independent, provincial or territorial schools.

  2. Structural Readiness: this component supports targeted activities that build the capacity of First Nations education administration organizations to:
    • deliver education services
    • develop and implement transformative education systems and agreements that delegate responsibility for elementary and secondary education to First Nations
  3. Regional Education Agreement: this component supports activities such as:
    • information sessions on education transformation
    • technical tables
    • negotiating or renegotiating education agreements supported by leadership

Who can apply

Partnerships

Applicants who may be eligible to receive funding through the Partnerships component of the program are:

  • First Nations
  • any First Nations organization mandated by First Nations

First Nations organizations mandated by First Nations must:

  • demonstrate support from First Nations communities or schools, such as but not limited to a band council resolution, letter or email of support
  • undertake, as a key function, elementary and secondary education support for groups of First Nations communities or schools

Applicants must have an existing partnership arrangement with 1 or more of the following:

  • First Nations, including First Nations organizations mandated by First Nations
  • school board-like entities
  • provincial or territorial ministries of education
  • provincial or territorial school boards
  • ISC

Applicants must clearly identify their respective partners in their proposal and demonstrate that partners will work together on identified priorities.

The purchasing of services, regardless of the duration of the service agreement, does not constitute a partnership for the purposes of this program.

Structural Readiness

Applicants who may be eligible to receive funding through the Structural Readiness component of the program are:

  • First Nations
  • any First Nations organization mandated by First Nations
  • a First Nations designated organization who will administer the Structural Readiness component on behalf of the region

First Nations organizations mandated by First Nations, or a First Nations designated organization must:

  • demonstrate support from First Nations communities or schools, such as, but not limited to, a band council resolution, letter or email of support
  • undertake, as a key function, elementary and secondary education support for groups of First Nations communities or schools

Eligibility to apply for Structural Readiness funding does not depend on having a partnership memorandum of understanding.

Entities such as bands or First Nations organizations that are delivering education services under a self-government agreement are not eligible to apply to the Structural Readiness component.

Regional Education Agreement

Applicants who may be eligible to receive funding through the regional education agreement component of the program are:

  • First Nations
  • any First Nations organization mandated by First Nations

First Nations organizations mandated by First Nations must meet the following criteria:

  • have demonstrated support from First Nations communities or schools, such as but not limited to, a band council resolution, letter or email of support
  • individual First Nations communities or schools can only be a party to a single proposal in each component

Entities such as bands or First Nations organizations that are delivering education services under a self-government arrangement are not eligible to apply to the regional education agreement component.

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is June 19, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern time for the Partnerships and the Structural Readiness components.

The deadline to submit a work plan is December 31, 2022 at 11:59 pm Eastern time for the Regional Education Agreement component.

How to apply

All partnerships and structural readiness proposals must be submitted to ISC using the official 2022 to 2023 data collection instrument (DCI), which specifies the mandatory information required.

Refer to the DCI's "View Instructions button" for assistance. You can find the DCI through the ISC Services Portal or by contacting your regional office.

Both Partnerships and Structural Readiness components use the same proposal template, but each has different eligibility criteria and guidelines.

Applicants with a signed regional education agreement can submit a multi-year proposal based on the duration of their agreement.

Applicants with a memorandum of understanding can only submit a single-year proposal.

Applicants to the Regional Education Agreement component may only submit a 1-year work plan. For more information or to submit your regional education agreement work plan, contact your regional office.

For the purpose of all call for proposal processes, the existing terms and conditions apply.

More details on the application process, eligible activities, eligible recipients and the monitoring process can be found in:

Other reference:

Guidelines for last year

Related links

Education by provincial governments

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