Feds funding Indigenous-led clean fuel projects

The federal government this week opened a call for project proposals from Indigenous groups to support the establishment of biomass supply chains to ensure that a steady and usable supply of sustainable feedstock is available to clean fuel production facilities across the country. 

As a component of the Clean Fuels Fund, this dedicated biomass call includes three project streams that are expected to enable emissions reductions while benefiting communities, leveraging private sector investments, creating jobs and providing opportunities for Indigenous-led businesses and communities. 

Each stream includes separate eligibility criteria and different submission timelines, funding levels and contribution repayment requirements. Projects could receive up to 50 percent of eligible costs to a maximum of $5 million in funding. 

Indigenous organizations or registered Indigenous businesses or communities including not-for-profit and for-profit organizations that can demonstrate a minimum of 50% Indigenous ownership are eligible for the funding. These include:

  • Indigenous Communities
  • Development corporations
  • Electricity or gas utilities 
  • Private sector companies 
  • Industry associations
  • Research associations
  • Standards development organizations
  • Academic institutions

Interested organizations can email the program to request the Applicant Guide for more details. 

The $1.5-billion Clean Fuels Fund supports the growth of domestic production capacity of clean fuels. It also supports the implementation of proposed Clean Fuels Regulations and delivers on early actions of the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada.