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Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk


Project funding usually ranges from $10,000 to $50,000 per project, per year.


The Aboriginal Fund for Species at Risk (AFSAR), established in 2004, supports the development of Indigenous capacity to participate actively in the implementation of the Species at Risk Act (SARA). The Act recognizes the important role that Indigenous peoples play in wildlife conservation and the need to consider Indigenous knowledge in the assessment of which species may be at risk, as well as in the development and implementation of protection and recovery measures.

Eligible Applicants

All Indigenous communities and organizations located in Canada are eligible for funding, including:

  • Indigenous not-for-profit and for profit organizations
  • Territorially based Indigenous groups
  • Chiefs councils, District councils, and Tribal councils
  • Traditional appointed advisory committees
  • Indigenous corporations, partnerships, and groups
  • Indigenous research, academic, and educational institutions
  • Indigenous cultural education centres
  • Indigenous land/resource management authorities
  • Indigenous co-operatives
  • Indigenous societies, boards, and commissions
  • Other organizations (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) if mandated by one of the above eligible recipients

Eligible Expenses

  • Salaries and wages
  • Management and professional service expenditures
  • Contractors
  • Travel
  • Materials and supplies expenditures
  • Purchase of capital assets
  • Equipment rentals
  • Land acquisition, leases, easements, covenants, servitudes
  • Costs associated with eligible land securement initiatives and projects
  • Communications and printing, production and distribution expenditures
  • Vehicle rental and operation expenditures
  • Lease of office space
  • Overhead
  • Other expenditures
  • Expenditures for preparing an independent financial report
  • Further disbursement of ECCC funding to final recipient

Deadline Date

  The application submission period for projects commencing in 2023-2024 is now closed.
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