The Aboriginal Funding Continuum is one of the several resources developed by the Water Power Working Group (WPWG). The need for such a tool was clearly identified following a survey of First Nations communities conducted in 2009 by the WPWG. The assessment identified there were significant gaps between First Nation's aspirations and their ability at the community level to participate in waterpower project opportunities.
The Aboriginal Funding continuum is a live web-based visual tool which clearly identifies all funding opportunities available for First Nations interested in becoming a partner in or a proponent of a waterpower project. The continumm is based on the typical development cycle of a waterpower project, and is categorized based on the type of funding being applied for.
The goal of the Continumm is to create an effective, user-friendly tool to assist potential First Nations proponents, partners and industry in navigating through the various funding opportunities, to quickly identify potential funding programs and to understand the criteria to apply.