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Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities Program

View of the coastal village of Percé, Quebec, with a sheer rock formation to the left (Percé Rock) and Bonaventure Island in the background.

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About the Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities Program

The Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities (CRCC) Program will provide funding to enable communities and sectors to work together at a regional scale to co-develop coordinated actions that increase climate resilience in coastal regions. The CRCC received $41 million under the Government of Canada Adaptation Action Plan, which accompanied the release of the National Adaptation Strategy.

Regional-scale approaches provide multiple benefits for advancing adaptation action including: collaborative planning to address complex climate change risks (e.g. sea level rise, coastal erosion, extreme events); more efficient alignment of resources and short and long-term actions; enable innovative solutions; and reduce risk of maladaptation or shifting risks to others.

Natural Resources Canada’s Climate-Resilient Coastal Communities Program (2023 to 2028) will fund up to 25 pilot projects that accelerate adaptation at a regional scale through integrated, inclusive, and innovative actions. The projects will advance systems-based approaches and will involve governments, Indigenous rights–holders, communities and organizations, businesses, academia, and other stakeholders to address key climate change risks.

Up to a total of $30 million in contribution funding may be awarded for pilot projects starting April 1, 2024, and concluding on or before December 31, 2027.

The Government of Canada may fund up to 75% of the total eligible project costs, with the exception of Indigenous-led projects and those led by Territorial governments, where Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) may fund up to 100% of the total project costs.

We welcome proposals for projects that address climate change adaptation on each of Canada’s coasts – Atlantic, North, Pacific and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence. Selected pilot projects will represent diverse types of communities, adaptation challenges, and types of adaptation actions across Canada. 

Please refer to the Applicant Guide for more information.


This Call for Proposals is open to individuals and organizations that are incorporated or registered in Canada, including:

  • Academic institutions;
  • Non-governmental organizations;
  • Industry, research, and professional associations;
  • Companies and businesses;
  • Indigenous communities or governments;
  • Community, regional and national Indigenous organizations; and
  • Provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and their departments and agencies.

How to apply

There is an open call for proposals and a separate application process available for Indigenous-led projects as described below.

Open call for proposals (open to all eligible applicants, competitive process)

  1. Step 1: Read the Applicant Guide in full.

  2. Step 2: Complete the Application Form and prepare the following required attachments:

    • Project budget (to be completed using the Budget template provided);
    • Work plan;
    • Letter of support from each funding source (other than NRCan) that is making an in-kind or financial contribution to the project; and
    • Short CV for the project lead and team members involved in project delivery.
  3. Step 3: Submit your complete application package (Application Form and all of the required attachments) by email to before December 13, 2023 at midnight Eastern Standard Time. Late submissions will not be considered.

    After you apply: Proposed projects will be reviewed and evaluated based on the review criteria detailed in the Applicant Guide. All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by email within 16 weeks of the closing date.

Indigenous-led project application process (non-competitive)

There is an application process for eligible Indigenous applicants who require additional support and/or time to develop their project proposals outside of the Open Call for Proposals process.

Eligible applicants can include:

  • Indigenous communities or governments;
  • Tribal Councils or entities that fulfill a similar function (e.g., general council);
  • National and regional Indigenous councils, and tribal organizations; and
  • Indigenous (majority owned and controlled by Indigenous people) organizations.

For the purposes of this Program, the term “Indigenous” is understood to include First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, or any combination thereof.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Those who wish to apply through the Indigenous-led project application process should contact the Program by email at You will be connected with a contact who will provide you with additional information and assist you with the application process.

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