Capacity Funding

Increased Indigenous Participation

Funding for communities is available through the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee’s (IAMC) Capacity Funding Program. Our objective is to increase Indigenous participation in the Trans Mountain Expansion (TMX) Project and existing pipeline and to enable Indigenous groups to be more directly involved.

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The Capacity Funding Program is targeted to address the priorities of the Committee and the 129 potentially impacted Indigenous communities related to Stewardship, Protection, and Meaningful Participation.

Natural Resources Canada, through the Indigenous Partnerships Office – West (IPO-West), administers the funding based on the decisions of the IAMC.


Program Priorities

A total of $42 million has been allocated over five years (to March 31, 2022).

The committee is accepting proposals on an ongoing basis to support Indigenous participation in monitoring the TMX Project and address issues and priorities of the 129 potentially impacted Indigenous communities.

Ready to apply? Click here for the Proposal Template. For more information, please email us at:


Before submitting your application, please consider the following proposal development tips:

  • Complete proposal package that includes all required documentation:
    • Completed and signed proposal template
    • For engagement projects: Band Council Resolution (BCR) or equivalent and breakdown of travel costs, project timeline and project cash flow
    • For other projects: incorporation documents (for corporations and not-for-profit organizations); BCRs from each participating Nation; financial statements; project timeline; and project cash flow
  • Connection to Trans Mountain (TM) project is clear
  • Timelines are aligned with TM activities
  • Addresses of at least one IAMC-TMX priority
  • Costs are less than $500K
    • Contributions from other sources (either in-kind contribution or cash) have been solicited (e.g. provincial government, other federal government programs, band etc.)
  • Supports more than one Indigenous community
  • Aligned with Committee Priorities

The Committee has supported projects in areas such as:

  • Cultural and environmental monitoring training
  • Habitat mapping/monitoring
  • Environmental management, emergency planning, prevention and response capacity
  • Protective services and emergency planning, coordination
  • Oil spill response training
  • Emergency communication infrastructure

Examples of projects supported by the Committee:

  • $224,000 to deliver skills training to increase employment opportunities related to TMX
  • $67,000 to provide capacity support for cultural heritage resource department and environmental monitoring skills training
  • $278,000 to complete habitat mapping and purchase a vessel to facilitate data collection and marine monitoring
  • $640,000 to upgrade their community communications network and develop occupational health and safety policy and procedures
  • $203,500 to acquire capacity for emergency response


Support Indigenous monitoring


Address Indigenous inclusion in emergency prevention, preparedness and response

Reduce harm and mitigate impacts of work camps

Meaningful Participation

Maximize knowledge-gathering and promote information sharing, including Indigenous knowledge

Support employment, training and business opportunities