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Application Dates

Applications must be submitted to Lindsay Wood, Senior Project Advisor, prior to the last day of the month of each intake period to be considered for funding for that specified period.

  • February
  • May
  • September

Note: Application processing is completed up to 90 business days after intake deadlines.

Useful Contacts

First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund Applications

Attention: Lindsay Wood, Senior Project Advisor
Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation

Telephone:250 356-8759
Alternate
Telephone:
1 800 880-1022 (Toll free)
Mailing
Address:
PO Box 9100 Stn Prov Gov'tVictoria BC V8W 9B1

First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund

The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) promotes increased Aboriginal community participation in the clean energy sector within their asserted traditional territories and treaty areas.

The fund provides agreements between the B.C. Government and successful applicants for Capacity funding and Equity funding. It also provides revenue sharing agreements between the B.C. Government and eligible First Nations.

The Clean Energy Act enabled the creation of the First Nation Clean Energy Business Fund. The Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation is responsible for administering the fund and utilizes expertise across provincial government to assess applications.

Eligibility

Fund eligibility criteria restricts applicants to Aboriginal communities in British Columbia falling into one of the following categories:

  1. a First Nation “band” as defined by the Indian Act (Canada);
  2. a person, other than a natural person, that is determined by the Government of British Columbia for the purposes of the FNCEBF Program to represent the collective interests of a community that is comprised of Aboriginal individuals; or
  3. a corporation that is wholly owned by one or more Aboriginal communities as described above.

In addition, the proposed project must be located in British Columbia.

Funding Categories

As an applicant, ensure all steps in the application process are completed, which includes completing the Application Worksheet for each category of funding. Applicants are recommended to review the qualifications and requirements of each funding category prior to submission.

Capacity Funding

Funding to assist with clean energy project feasibility studies, community energy planning or engaging with project proponents. Funding will be provided to enable an applicant to engage with project proponents, including undertaking financial analysis of potential projects prior to taking equity positions in a Project and reviewing development potential within their territories.

*Consideration for increased support may be accepted where multiple projects are proposed for development within a single applicant’s traditional territory.

Fund Appropriation

Limited to a maximum of $50,000 per eligible applicant (e.g. $12,000-$30,000 for community energy planning or up to $50,000 to fund a feasibility study).

Application

Equity Funding

Funding to support a financially viable and resourced clean energy project with an Energy Purchase Agreement.

Fund Appropriation

Maximum total grant is $500,000 per applicant – regardless of the number of potential projects in the applicant’s traditional
territory.

Application

  • FNCEBF Clean Energy Equity Funding Application
  • Key project tasks may include but are not limited to:
    • Business plan
    • Permitting
    • Financing
    • Interconnection agreement signed
    • Major equipment ordered
    • Commenced construction
    • Begin commissioning
    • Final design

Revenue Sharing

The Province sets up revenue sharing agreements with First Nations where there are provincial water and/or land rentals from clean energy projects that impact their territory.

Revenue sharing with applicants is based on provincial resource rents (land and water rentals), prescribed under the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund Regulation, resulting from clean energy projects that receive land or water authorizations after the enactment of the Clean Energy Act (June 3, 2010). The term of revenue sharing will last only so long as the project is operating and generating the prescribed revenues to the provincial government.

Revenue Sharing Structure

50% of new incremental water and land rentals, for any one project will be deposited in to the FNCEBF. A total of 75% of those deposited funds will be directly shared with First Nations whose territory may be impacted by a clean energy project, for a total of 37.5% of the deposited rentals. The remaining 12.5% will remain in the fund to further support capacity and equity grants.

Application

When projects are identified as eligible for revenue sharing Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation staff will contact those First Nations whose asserted territories overlap the project to discuss the possibility of a revenue sharing agreement.