First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund

The First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund (FNCEBF) promotes increased Indigenous 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 Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation is responsible for administering the fund and uses expertise across provincial government to assess applications.

Update: May 2020 Application Intake

Due to the unprecedented circumstances posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the First Nations Clean Energy Business Fund is extending the May 2020 application deadline for project applications until Jan. 31, 2021.

The B.C. government and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry continue to advise people in British Columbia on measures to slow the transmission of COVID-19 and ensure the safety of all communities. Indigenous communities have implemented their own protocols to protect their members, including closing band offices and restricting outside visitors. Many activities under FNCEBF agreements such as site visits, community engagements and travel are not appropriate at this time.

To support the health and safety of Indigenous communities in B.C., the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation will be extending the time for the application process to make sure all First Nations that want to participate are able to do so.

Please reach out to Annika van Roy with any questions or concerns and stay tuned on this page for future updates.


Fund eligibility criteria restricts applicants to Indigenous 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 First Nation governing body, representing exclusively one or more First Nations.

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.


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.


  • FNCEBF Clean Energy Equity Funding Application (XLSX)
  • 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):

The term of revenue sharing will last only as 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.


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