The BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) provides early support to develop Indigenous communities’ capacity and readiness to advance local or regional clean energy projects. The New Relationship Trust delivers the BCICEI in partnership with Western Economic Diversification Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.
The BCICEI funding supports projects that follow community engagement (such as a community energy plan). This includes activities needed to advance projects to construction stage of a project. Examples of such activities include: feasibility and site selection; environmental review and permitting; project design and engineering; demand side management, clean energy (small scale installation non-utility scale); and pre-construction/pre-Commercial Operation Date. The initiative also supports clean energy development in remote, off-grid, diesel dependent or end of line communities. For more information about the BCICEI visit http://www.newrelationshiptrust.ca/initiatives/bcicei/
The next funding intake for the BCICEI closes February 1, 2021. It is anticipated that interest in this next intake will be as popular as in previous years where up to 50 applications were received. After the submission deadline, applications and an evaluation framework will be shared with the project review committee. Members of the committee will individually evaluate all eligible projects prior to attending the evaluation meeting. At the meeting the committee members will make recommendations to New Relationship Trust, who will take these into consideration during their due diligence process.
The BCICEI secretariat seeking a new Indigenous member for the working group and project review committee. Priority will be given to individuals based in B.C. and that have an understanding of clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Time commitment is anticipated to be approximately 20 hours once a year. The meetings take place in either Vancouver or Victoria or online with travel costs and an honorarium to be provided.
If you think that you would like to be a part of the funding decision making process, please contact Cole Sayers - at firstname.lastname@example.org.