Request For Proposals

The Indigenous Innovation Initiative was started to address health, social, and economic challenges and spark community-led Indigenous innovation. Our vision is to improve all life through Indigenous innovation. The core principles of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative are to:  

  • Honour Indigenous ways of knowing and being; 
  • Honour Indigenous laws and rights; and 
  • Honour the Land and Water. 

We are pleased to launch the next phase of its program: Advancing Indigenous Gender Equality through Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship.  

We are seeking bold and transformative projects that are led by First Nations, Métis, or Inuit female, Two Spirit, queer, trans, non-binary, or gender-diverse persons in Canada that align with one (1) of our four (4) investment priority areas: 

  • Land story (environmental sustainability) – solutions that directly address or mitigate climate change 
  • Food sovereignty (agriculture) – solutions that help address food security, including supply chains, food production and food access   
  • Tech (digital access and data sovereignty) – tech innovations that increase digital access or data sovereignty for Indigenous communities  
  • Wellness – solutions that address the mental health and well-being of people using an Indigenous approach. We are particularly inviting projects that focus on youth mental health.  


All projects should speak to how their project will directly and/or indirectly honour the Lands, Waters, and Skies (environmental sustainability practices) and how they are grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and being. 


Applicants will be able to self-select requests for innovation funding for projects at either the proof of concept (Seed) or transition to scale (TTS) stage.  

In this Request for Proposals (RFP) you will find background information, funding overview, program scope and eligibility, the application process, the review process, the evaluation criteria, and instructions for applying. This information will help you submit a proposal for funding from the Indigenous Innovation Initiative. You can submit your application anytime. Application reviews will be ongoing, beginning in the Spring of 2023 and until the RFP is withdrawn by the Indigenous Innovation Initiative. Projects will be selected for support on an ongoing basis, pending the availability of funding. 

Apply here.

For any support or questions, please e-mail:

RFP (English)

RFP (French)

RFP Social Media

RFP Two-Pager (English)

RFP Two-Pager RFP Two-Pager P.2


Please click on each image to obtain JPEG versions of the social media content. 

RFP Social Media

Text: #RFP The Indigenous Innovation Initiative is pleased to announce the launch of its next phase of the #Indigenous Innovation Initiative program: Advancing Indigenous #Gender Equality through #Innovation and Social #Entrepreneurship. #DreamMedicine

We are seeking bold and transformative projects that are led by First Nations, Métis, or Inuit female, Two Spirit, queer, trans, non-binary, or gender-diverse persons in Canada! Check out our website for more information, important dates and applicant resources at! Please e-mail us at if you have any questions. #Grant #Application #Indigenous #innovation

Hashtags: #DreamMedicine #Indigenousinnovation #Grant #Application #Social #Entrepreneurship

Below are links to the posts for the four different investment priority areas:


Food Sovereignty  

Land Story   



Social Media Handles:
FB: @Indiginnovate
IG: @indiginnovate
Linkedln: @Indigenousinnovate
Twitter: @Indiginnovate

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Important Dates:

Please note that this application cycle will start on March 13th, 2023 and end on April 12th, 2023, at 3 PM ET. If you need more time to submit your application, you can always submit your application for the following cycle. Please e-mail if you have any questions or concerns.


Application Form: 

If you would like to preview the application form, please use the links below.

Application Form (English)

Application Form (French)



Please note that we will be hosting webinars and live sessions to ensure we answer all your questions. 

The first webinar will be on March 16, 2023, at 11 AM ET. Please register using the following link

Webinar #1 Registration (Registration has closed)

Webinar #2 Registration (Coming soon)

Webinar Recordings:

Webinar Recording #1:

In this webinar, you will get an overview of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative, Grand Challenges Canada, the request for proposal, eligibility and how to apply. 


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

The FAQs document may help answer questions you may have about this Request for Proposals. These questions are grouped by topic; you can click on a question in the list to jump to the answer.

If you need more information or do not see your question, please email

FAQs (English)

FAQs (French)


The Scoring Matrix:

Full applications will be scored internally by members of the Indigenous Innovation Initiative. The full scoring will evaluate the proposed idea, its potential for impact and scale, and its alignment with Indigenous Innovation Initiative principles and priorities.

The Indigenous Innovation Initiative team will use the Seed Project Scoring Matrix for this step. Applications must achieve a minimum threshold score and be ranked amongst the highest-scoring projects to move to step 4.4. Applications scoring less than the threshold score and/or not selected to move to the next stage will be returned with feedback for applicants to refine and re-apply if desired. We anticipate we will receive a large number of very high-quality proposals.

Seed Project Scoring Matrix (English)

Seed Project Scoring Matrix (French) 

Please keep visiting this page for FAQ updates and other applicant supports.