Important dates

In order to be eligible for the next quarterly payment, a completed First Nation Development Fund Grant application package (PDF, 1.0 MB) must be received at the First Nations Development Fund (FNDF) office by the following dates of each year:

  • May 1
  • August 1
  • November 1
  • February 1

Note: incomplete applications will not be processed until they meet all eligibility requirements. Read the First Nations Development Fund Grant Program Guide for application requirements. If you have trouble opening fillable PDF forms, see the instructions below.

Overview

The FNDF Grant Program was developed by First Nations and the Government of Alberta as part of the First Nations Gaming Policy. It is supported by a percentage of revenues from government-owned slot machines operating in First Nations casinos in Alberta.

Only recognized First Nations with Reserve land located within the province of Alberta that have signed an FNDF Grant Agreement (PDF, 62 KB) are eligible to apply to the FNDF Grant Program. There are currently 46 Alberta First Nations participating in the FNDF Grant Program

Funding allocations

In April of each year, the participating 46 First Nations are provided with a projected allocation of their FNDF grant funds for that fiscal year:

  • this is an estimate based on past trends and should only be used for planning purposes
  • annual allocations are confirmed at the end of the fiscal year when final slot machine revenue totals become available

FNDF Funding Model (PDF, 458 KB)

Community benefits

Projects that receive FNDF grants are determined by community priorities set by each First Nation’s Chief and Council.

Since 2006, when the program began, the FNDF has provided more than $1 billion to First Nations in support of over 3,000 economic, social and community development projects including:

  • housing projects
  • children, youth and Elder’s programs
  • cultural programs
  • business start-up and expansion
  • employment and training programs

For a more complete listing of projects funded by the FNDF, visit the Who Benefits database and under ‘agency’, choose ‘First Nations Development Fund’.

Annual FNDF reports provide the history of the FNDF program.

How to apply

Step 1. Read the program guidelines

First Nations Development Fund Grant Program Guide

Program liaison officers are available to provide information, support and assistance in planning for the use of the FNDF grant funding in a manner that works best for First Nation communities, and is within the terms of the grant agreement.

Step 2. Complete the application package

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First Nation Development Fund Grant application package (PDF, 1.0 MB)

The following documents must be included in your submission:

  • signed / completed application
  • detailed project description
  • detailed project funding / budget information
  • Band Council Resolution (BCR)

Step 3. Submit the application package

Completed application packages can be e-mailed to your liaison officer or mailed to:

First Nations Development Fund
Twin Atria Building
400, 4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T6B 2X3

After you apply

Once an internal review is completed, a liaison officer will make a recommendation to the minister for approval. Once the minister has approved the project application, an approval letter will be mailed to the First Nation’s Chief.

  • An electronic copy of the approval letter will be sent to the designated First Nation contact via email.

The review and approval process may take up to 8 weeks.

Reporting

The FNDF Grant Program requires confirmation of the expenditures for the grant amount received. Reports are due by July 31 each year for all approved FNDF projects that received grant funds by a quarterly payment, transfer of paid funds, or that have deferred funds from the previous fiscal year.

There are 2 types of reports, depending on the dollar amount of the FNDF grant:

  • projects under $100K – Grant Reporting Template (PDF, 232 KB)
  • projects over $100K require a financial report signed by a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA)

All FNDF grants are subject to a compliance audit by the Province of Alberta. Complete records must be maintained, including all receipts, for 3 years after the end of the project.

First Nations that do not meet reporting requirements will have future payments withheld.

Contact

To connect with the First Nations Development Fund (FNDF) office:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-415-1250
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019

Address:

Alberta Indigenous Relations
First Nations Development Fund
Suite 400, 4999 98 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T6B 2X3