West Coast Energy Fund

West Coast Energy Fund

WCEF

What is the West Coast Energy Fund?

 

The West Coast Energy Fund (WCEF) was created in partnership between the Government of Canada (Strategic Partnerships Initiative – West Coast Energy (SPI-WCE)) and the New Relationship Trust (NRT). The WCEF is a $4.5 million fund that is available to facilitate Indigenous participation in West Coast energy developments, and address related priorities and interests (including, for example, environmental priorities).

Funds will be fully disbursed on a project basis in the form of a non-repayable contribution.

  • A maximum of $200,000 per project will be available where one (1) eligible Indigenous organization is involved.
  • A maximum of $500,000 per project will be available where two (2) or more partnering eligible Indigenous organizations are involved.

Eligible project proposals must meet the project eligibility of the SPI program terms and conditions within the context of West Coast Energy (indirectly or directly involved in the LNG and oil and gas sector) and clearly support one or more objectives related to the Government of Canada West Coast Energy Infrastructure Initiative:

  • Increase Indigenous capacity to engage in dialogue on energy infrastructure development
  • Increase Indigenous capacity to address environmental priorities
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of energy infrastructure development
  • Increase Indigenous capacity to participate in and realize economic benefits from energy infrastructure development

Eligibility and Project Types

Who is eligible to apply?

 

  • BC Indigenous Communities
  • BC Tribal/Nation Councils
  • Governments of self-governing First Nations
  • Indigenous for profit and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships, associations, co-operatives and institutions which are majority owned and controlled by First Nations people
  • Indigenous businesses, partnerships and joint ventures

Eligible Project Objectives & Types

 

Projects must meet at least one of the program objectives to:

  • Increase Indigenous capacity to engage in dialogue on energy infrastructure development
  • Increase Indigenous capacity to address environmental priorities
  • Increase knowledge and understanding of energy infrastructure development
  • Increase Indigenous capacity to participate in and realize economic benefits from energy infrastructure development

A range of project types are eligible for funding under West Coast Energy Fund, including:

  • Pre-feasibility and feasibility studies; diagnostic studies; environmental evaluations; information gathering; proposal development; market assessments; strategic, business and financial planning; community economic development planning; negotiations; and research activities
  • Organizational capacity for the Indigenous communities or organizations mandated to lead and/or support the implementation of economic development projects
  • Skills development including management and technical training;
  • Construction, architectural, engineering and project design activities
  • Economic infrastructure development; and
  • Establishment, expansion or modernization of an Indigenous business or joint venture

How do I apply?

Download the Guidelines and Application below:

Applications are due August 13, 2018 at Noon (PDT). Submit completed applications to:

 

Matt Cook-Contois
WCEF Coordinator
E: wcecoordinator@nrtf.ca
F: 604-925-3348

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