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Support for Community Negotiations Fund (SCNF)

Grants to Ontario Indigenous Communities
to Support Mediation Over Land Claims

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Government of Ontario - Ministry of Indigenous Affairs - Negotiations and Reconciliation Division

Deadline Date:

01/15/21 5:00 PM


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Grants to Ontario Indigenous organizations and communities to provide support for territorial disputes with the provincial government. Funding is intended to assist with administrative, legal, travel, and other costs associated with the negotiations surrounding land claims and land-related disputes.

Eligible funding priorities include activities in all phases of the negotiation process related to a land claim or land-related negotiations with Ontario. The activities must be identified and included in a project description (based on the joint annual work plan developed and approved by the negotiating parties) and budget. The following is a list of eligible costs. Full details can be found on Page 2 of the Guidelines. 

  • Salaries and Wages (hourly or contract)
  • Honorarium
  • Professional Fees
  • Mandatory Employer Related Costs (MERC) and other Eligible Benefits
  • Negotiating Team Travel, Meal, and Accommodation Costs
  • Community Meetings and Related Expenses
  • Administration Costs
  • Legal Fees and Travel
  • Other: These must be itemized and cost details shown for each individual item. Applicable cost for the Annual Audited Financial Statement (where applicable) can be included here. One-time extraordinary costs will require an explanatory note and must be identified as a separate line item.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 159701

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Some costs are in accordance with pre-set guidelines from the government. Actual travel, meal and accommodation expenses will be reimbursed in accordance with Ontario’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive:

Mandatory Employer Related Costs: These costs are calculated using the employers’ contributions to the Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, Employee Health Tax, group medical-life-dental insurance premiums, pension plans, vacation pay and registered pension plans. The total of these costs may not exceed 17.5% of the total salary/wage of each staff member.

Honorarium: This is a payment to an Elder or Community Knowledge Holders for their attendance at a meeting/event. They may provide appropriate advice, guidance, information and insight based on their specialized knowledge. The rate for compensation may be up to $250 per partial day (less than 3 hours) and up to $500 for a full day.

Administration Costs: Up to 10 per cent of the budget sub-total (all eligible expenses excluding legal fees, travel and accommodation) can be allocated as administration costs.

Term of Contract:

The work described in the project description must be completed within the fiscal year.

Funds received may only be spent on eligible activities carried out between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021, and specified in the budget and project description attached to the transfer payment agreement.

In the case of multi-year agreements, funds from one funding year cannot be transferred to another subsequent funding year. If approved for multi-year funding, the subsequent years will be dependent on the availability of funds and whether the necessary appropriation is provided from the Ontario legislature. Annual project descriptions, budgets, and reporting will be required in each year of the agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Indigenous communities and organizations that are involved in an active land claim or land-related negotiations with Ontario are eligible to apply. In certain circumstances, Indigenous organizations may apply to the SCNF on behalf of their member communities.

Funding cannot be used to:
- Support base operating costs of an Indigenous community
- Cover costs incurred before or after the time period identified in the transfer payment agreement

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 15, 2021.

Application information:

- First must create a One-key account
- After logging in, then register for Transfer Payment Ontario. An email will be sent to provide access to the system. Depending on volumes and peak times, it could take up to five days for a request to be approved.
- Once registration is approved, applicants will be able to log in and apply for funding.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Telephone: 416-212-2277

Business Officer / Financial Coordinator Support for Community Negotiations Fund
Ministry of Indigenous Affairs Negotiations and Reconciliation Division
160 Bloor Street East, Suite 920
Toronto, Ontario M7A 2E6

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Ontario;

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