Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program: National Program Guidelines 2023 to 2024

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1. Program introduction

The Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program provides grants to Inuit individuals as well as community-based Inuit cultural education centres to support the development and promotion of Inuit cultural heritage.

These guidelines set out the program delivery requirements for funding recipients of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) for the delivery of a project under the Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program.

These guidelines are effective as of April 1, 2023 and replace the Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program: National Program Guidelines 2022 to 2023.

2. Objective

The objective of the Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program is to support Inuit individuals and communities in expressing, preserving, developing, promoting and sharing their cultural heritage with other Canadians, thereby promoting awareness of Canada's cultural diversity.

3. Expected results

It is expected that this grant program will lead to an enhanced understanding of Inuit culture and a richer Canadian cultural fabric.

4. Eligible recipients

For an Inuk residing outside of their land claim settlement area, a copy of a birth certificate and a letter of recognition from one of the Inuit land claim organizations or regional governments may be required (for example, Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated, Inuvialuit Regional Corporation, Makivik Corporation, Nunatsiavut Government).

5. Eligible activities

Activities funded under the program promote awareness of Canada's cultural diversity. They must support:

6. Expenditures

6.1 Eligible expenditures

Payments are limited to covering the direct costs of one-time projects related to Inuit culture which are outlined in the proposals submitted and include:

  • materials and supplies
  • printing and publishing
  • communications
  • travel

Travel expenses are to be claimed at actual cost, but cannot exceed the rates and allowances established in the National Joint Council Travel Directive in effect at the time of travel.

Expenses which exceed the rates and allowances set for in the directive are ineligible and will not be paid.

Administration costs must not exceed 15% of the sub-total amount requested before administration costs. The data collection instrument (proposal DCI) will automatically calculate the amount.

6.2 Ineligible expenditures

Payments do not include the following expenditures:

  • ongoing activities or operations
  • periodic events such as annual meetings or festivals

7. Proposal process and assessment criteria

All funding for the Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program will be based on proposals approved by ISC.

Proposals are selected on the basis of meeting program objectives, with consideration given to geographic distribution.

Applicants must submit detailed proposals for the activities to be undertaken over the course of the agreement, clearly stating how the proposed activities will further the objectives and expected results of this program.

7.1 Submission of proposals

Only proposals submitted in the electronic proposal form issued by ISC will be considered for assessment.

Refer to the proposal form and the attached instructions for application details. Incomplete proposals will be returned to applicants. To access the proposal form, contact your regional office.

Consult Calls for proposals for more details on the 2023 to 2024 calls for proposals and the application process.

7.2 Assessment criteria

All proposals will be assessed by the following criteria:

  • the extent to which the proposal furthers 1 or more of the program objectives
  • the degree to which the activity plan, including specific project activities, timeframe and budget, will result in the expected results

Meeting these criteria does not guarantee funding from the Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program.

7.3 Review and approval of proposals

ISC regional staff will review and approve proposals. Applicants will receive a written response to confirm whether, or not, their proposal has been approved for funding.

A cheque will be sent to successful applicants.

8. Funding

8.1 Maximum amount payable per funding recipient

A maximum amount of $5,000 may be made available per recipient within a fiscal year for eligible expenditures.

If the amount of total funding requested in eligible proposals exceeds the total available budget, eligible proposals will be approved on a first come, first serve basis.

9. Reporting requirements and monitoring and oversight activities

Recipients are encouraged to provide a brief summary 4 to 6 lines in length of their completed project to their ISC Inuit Cultural Education Centres Grant Program officer by e-mail. The summary should include the results upon completion of the project.

10. Contact information

To find out more about the program, visit:

To contact your local office, visit the Regional offices page.

You can also write to:

Education Branch
Indigenous Services Canada
10 rue Wellington - Suite 1455, Mailstop 25E-19
Gatineau QC K1A 0H4


To learn more about education programs, consult the Education programs: National Program Guidelines or click on the View instructions button on the first page of this program's data collection instrument.

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