Community Capacity Support Program

On February 6th, 2014 the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) and the Federal Government announced a major funding realignment that increased the National Association of Friendship Centre's (NAFC) responsibility to deliver a number of key programs. The new Urban Aboriginal Strategy (UAS) consolidated four programs (AFCP, CCAY, UAS and YCW) into two and will provide greater collaboration and develop partnerships between all levels of government, organizations, urban Aboriginal communities and other stakeholders to increase the participation of urban Aboriginal peoples in Canada’s economy.
The new Urban Aboriginal Strategy is a strategic framework implemented by the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada [INAC] to address urban Aboriginal issues in the multijurisdictional and multi-stakeholder environment of Canada’s urban centers. 
Through the Urban Aboriginal Strategy, the Community Capacity Support program provides core-like funding to Friendship Centres and urban Aboriginal organizations so they can have a stable base from which to deliver programs and services that increase urban Aboriginal participation in the economy. This stable base is also to be used to attract additional investments by being a platform from which other government programs, from all orders of government, can be delivered to the urban Aboriginal community.
The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) receives funding through the INAC for the Community Capacity Support Program.  Each Provincial/Territorial Friendship Centre Association administers the CCS program. PTA’s are regional affiliates of the NAFC.


Funding Eligibility Criteria

Community Capacity Support eligible recipients are:
  • Friendship Centers and other incorporated urban Aboriginal non-profit service delivery organizations that deliver programs and services to all urban Aboriginal individuals, commonly referred to as status-blind, who: 1) deliver at least 2 programs and services not already funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (or provide case management and referral services in partnership with 4 external programs and services when resources are not accessible to support the delivery of programs and services) that support urban Aboriginal participation in the economy; and 2) are accountable and transparent Aboriginal community institutions. 
  • Provide a summary of the types of programs delivered, a brief background on your organization and contact information. Applicants are required to identify community partners and funders.
  • Operate in accordance with the CCS program standards, policies and guidelines.
  • Serve an urban area with minimum population requirements: an urban area in Canada has a population of at least 1,000 people, of which 500 must be Aboriginal, where the population density is no fewer than 400 persons per square km. Urban is defined as a city, town, village, or hamlet with populations of at least 1,000. In the case where the urban area has <1000 people, the PTA takes into account the catchment area: “be built and maintained in locations where they would be best utilized by the surrounding population with minimal driving distance”; in the instance where catchment areas are used, the organization will need to demonstrate support from the local communities (e.g.: letters of support). *In light of the realities of the north, exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis for Friendship Centres or urban Aboriginal organizations found in Nunatsiavut, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and the Yukon.
  • The CCS program is not intended to supplement a shortage of funding under another program or initiative of any level of government.

Call for Applications 2016/2017:

The Call for Applications has been re-opened and the deadline to get letters of intent has been extended. The Criteria and Guidelines have changed slightly, so please make sure you have the most recent documents that are posted below. Please see the documents below to learn more about the process of the Calls for Applications, and to determine if your organization may be eligible. Deadlines include:

Letter of Intent due: [Re-opened May 11th, deadline is now May 19th, 2016 for Letters of Intent]
Those that are deemed eligible will be invited to submit a full application.
Applications due: Will be determined after Letters of Intent have been reviewed.

Call for Applications PDF File: Click here to view>
Call for Applications Word Document: Click here to view>
Criteria and Guidelines PDF File: Click here to view>
Criteria and Guidelines Word Document: Click here to view>


Successful Applicants for the 2015/2016 Year:

We are happy to announce the following organizations have met the CCS Criteria and have been chosen to receive CCS funding for the 2015-2016 Year:

  •          Battleford Indian and Metis Friendship Centre
  •          Buffalo Narrows Friendship Centre
  •          Ile a la Crosse Friendship Centre
  •          Indian and Metis Friendship Centre of Prince Albert
  •          Kikinahk Friendship Centre
  •          La Loche Friendship Centre
  •          Newo Yotina Friendship Centre
  •          North West Friendship Centre
  •          Qu'Appelle Valley Friendship Centre
  •          Saskatoon Indian and Metis Friendship Centre
  •          West Flat Citizens Group

If you have any questions regarding the Community Capacity Support Program please do not hesitate to contact:

Susha Weflen: Executive Director
Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan
115 Wall Street
Saskatoon, SK S7K 6C2
306-955-0762 ext 225