Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program
About the program
This program is designed to build capacity for climate change adaptation by funding community-designed and driven projects. This program funds First Nations and Inuit communities' efforts to build capacity to adapt to the health impacts of climate change.
There are 2 streams for the program:
- Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program North
- Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program South for First Nations South of 60°N
Supporting projects focusing on human health and a changing climate, the program enables communities to:
- develop and implement health-related adaptation or action plans
- develop knowledge-building and communication materials
- support adaptation decision-making at the local, regional and national levels
Some of the areas of adaptation and research that past projects have examined include:
- traditional food security and access to country food
- documentation of traditional medicines
- engagement with Elders and youth
- safety while on the land
- impacts of extreme weather events
- emergency preparedness
- access to safe drinking water
- mental health impacts of climate change on youth
Detailed profiles of projects supported through the program can be found at ClimateTelling.
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program North of 60°N
Who can apply?
- First Nations and Inuit communities and organizations located in:
- Northwest Territories
- Non-government and voluntary associations and organizations non-profit corporations working on behalf of, or in partnership with Inuit and First Nations communities. The community must identify them as partners in the proposed project.
There is no deadline; you may apply any time. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis by a climate change adaptation committee based in your territory or region.
How to apply
In the North the program works with Climate Change Community Liaisons in all 3 territories. These contacts are available to communities and organizations to aid in the development of proposals. They can be contacted at the following addresses:
If you are interested in funding for a project in Nunavik or Nunatsiavut, please contact:
Climate Change and Health Adaptation Program for First Nations South of 60°N
Who can apply?
- All First Nations communities south of 60°N recognized under the Indian Act are eligible for funding
- Individuals, band councils, tribal councils and associations, and governments of self-governing First Nations communities
- Non-government and voluntary associations and organizations, including non-profit corporations that work on behalf or in partnership with First Nations communities. The community must identify them as partners in the research
First Nations communities in British Columbia are supported through the First Nations Health Authority.
Funding for the program takes place on an annual basis with a call for applications sent out in the summer of each year.
To find out about the application deadline please contact the program at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ClimateTelling.
How to apply
Contact the program at email@example.com.
Program staff will provide you with an application guide and template to help you with your submission. They are also available to review and provide feedback on draft applications.