Education Partnerships Program

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

The 2021 to 2022 call for proposals for the Partnerships and Structural Readiness components is now open. The deadline to submit a proposal is April 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm, Eastern time.

The 2021 to 2022 call for work plans for the Regional Education Agreement component opened on April 1, 2021. The deadline to submit a work plan is December 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern time.

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About the program

The Education Partnerships Program (EPP) aims to advance First Nations elementary and secondary student achievement in First Nations, provincial and territorial schools. It:

It has 3 distinct components:

  1. Partnerships: this supports establishing and advancing partnership arrangements that:
    • share expertise and resources
    • assist in the development of practical working relationships between First Nations and provincial or territorial officials and educators to ensure supports are in place for all First Nations students
    • open the way to better coordination and transitions between First Nations and provincial or territorial systems
    • require mutual accountability by all parties to support the success of First Nations students

The result will be concrete benefits for the students, teachers and administrators involved, which should lead to improved educational outcomes for First Nations students.

  1. Structural Readiness: this component supports capacity and governance development through activities that build the capacity of First Nations organizations to:
    • strengthen their organization
    • cover start-up costs for First Nations school models
    • support the conclusion of service delivery agreements with partners such as provincial or territorial schools and school boards, as well as other organizations, to ensure the education system is responsive to First Nations community needs and student outcomes.
  2. Regional Education Agreement: this component is an element of the new policy framework. ISC has committed $14 million per year, starting in fiscal year 2018 to 2019 and continuing until fiscal year 2022 to 2023, to support First Nations in:
    • delivering information sessions on education transformation
    • establishing regional technical tables to discuss education funding or prepare for the negotiation of a regional education agreement
    • developing regional education agreements

Who can apply

Partnerships

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

  • First Nations
  • First Nations education authorities
  • tribal councils mandated by First Nations
  • First Nations organizations mandated by First Nations

Eligible regional First Nations organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • have demonstrated support from First Nations communities or schools
  • undertake, as a key function, elementary and secondary education support for groups of First Nations communities or schools
  • agree to produce publicly available annual reports on education partnership projects and expenditures

Structural Readiness

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

  • band councils
  • organizations designated by a band council
  • designated First Nations regional management organizations who currently undertake, as a key function, elementary and secondary support for a defined group of band-operated schools

Organizations designated by a band council and First Nations regional management organizations must:

  • have support from First Nations communities or schools
  • undertake, as a key function. Elementary and secondary education support for groups of First Nations communities or schools
  • agree to produce publicly available annual reports on structural readiness projects and expenditures

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.

Organizations do not need to have a partnerships arrangement to apply for the Structural Readiness component of the EPP.

Regional Education Agreement

Applicants who may be eligible to receive funding through the Regional Education Agreement component of the EPP are:

  • First Nations
  • First Nations education authorities
  • tribal councils or organizations mandated by First Nations

Deadline

The deadline to submit a proposal is April 21, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern time for the Partnerships and the Structural Readiness components.

The deadline to submit a work plan is December 31, 2021 at 11:59 pm Eastern time for the Regional Education Agreement component.

How to apply

Applicants for the Partnerships and Structural Readiness components may only submit a 1-year proposal for 2021 to 2022, using the 2021 to 2022 data collection instrument found through the ISC Services Portal. If you do not have access to the portal or want to submit your application using a compatible format, such as Microsoft or Excel, contact your regional office.

For the purpose of the Partnerships and Structural Readiness components of EPP, both components use the same proposal template, however, each component has different eligibility criteria and guidelines.

For more information or to submit you Regional Education Agreement work plans, 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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