Henvey Inlet First Nation: The Eastern Georgian Bay Initiative – 2021 Call for Proposals


Henvey Inlet First Nation.


The Eastern Georgian Bay Initiative - 2021 Call for Proposals


Ganawenim Meshkiki ("GMI") is the Trustee of the Eastern Georgian Bay Initiative (“EGBI”), a program to support conservation projects and the advancement of scientific knowledge that will benefit species at risk (“SAR”) and biodiversity in the Eastern Georgian Bay Region.

Priorities for EGBI were established to address residual impacts to SAR from the construction and operation of the Henvey Inlet Wind Energy Centre. EGBI-supported projects must contribute to the survival and recovery of the following targeted species:

  • Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii);
  • Massasauga rattlesnake (Sistrurus catenatus);
  • Eastern foxsnake (Pantherophis gloydi);
  • Eastern hog-nosed snake (Heterodon platirhinos);
  • Blanding’s turtle (Emydoidea blandingii);
  • Eastern musk turtle (Sternotherus odouratus); and,
  • Spotted turtle (Clemmys guttata)

GMI is seeking project proposals that contribute to the survival and recovery of the targeted snake, turtle and avian SAR species. The following is a non-exhaustive list of the types of projects that GMI is seeking to support:

  •  Projects that address threats to affected SAR species within their Ontario range (e.g. installation of eco-passages for reptiles on roads with high mortality);
    • Acquiring or stewarding new habitat for the benefit of SAR;
    • Enhancing biodiversity to support the targeted SAR on First Nations reserves in the region (e.g. restoration of degraded habitat); and
    • Supporting public education programs related to SAR (e.g. anti-persecution initiatives) and preserving Indigenous SAR-related ecological knowledge.

Projects that address physical threats on the landscape will be prioritized for funding over research-based projects.

In addition to this call for proposals, GMI may provide direct awards to projects that fill a gap or meet a need of the EGBI mandate. Up to 5 years of consecutive funding may be available under a single approval.


Proposals may be submitted by Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations, non- government organizations, researchers, communities, municipalities, individuals, landowners or students. Proposals from Indigenous organizations or communities are strongly encouraged.

For more details on eligibility and eligible expenses, please visit the Henvey Inlet First Nation website.

Funding Availability

GMI may award project funding of up to $750,000 to one or more projects in each calendar year.

Indirect Costs


Special Notes

Please note that research activities carried out in the context of COVID-19 need to adhere to the University of Guelph COVID-19 research principles, policies, guidelines and processes as they may be updated from time to time and communicated on the Office of Research web-page.


If College-level review is required, your College will communicate its earlier internal deadlines.

Internal Deadline

Please submit a PDF copy of application, along with an OR-5 Form to research.services@uoguelph.ca.

External Deadline

Applicant submits application to gmi@henveyinlet.com.

How to Apply

For proposal guidelines and evaluation criteria, please visit the Henvey Inlet First Nation website.

Proposals are due by December 11, 2020 and should be sent electronically to gmi@henveyinlet.com

For Questions, please contact

Questions about the application process may be sent to gmi@henveyinlet.com and must be received by November 27, 2020.

Office of Research

Vanessa Knox, Awards and Agreements Officer
Office of Research Services
519-824-4120 x53429

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