Tahltan Central Government, Box 69, Tatl'ah (Dease Lake), British Columbia V0C 1L0 | Phone: 250-771-3274 | 1-855-TAHLTAN | Fax: 250-771-3020


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The Dease Lake Community Fund is now accepting applications for funding from Tahltan members for community-based programs and projects delivered or based in Dease Lake, IR #9 and IR #13.


The objective of the Dease Lake Community Fund is to contribute to the growth and development of the community of Dease Lake, IR#9 and IR#13.


Tahltan members that live in the community of Dease Lake and IR#9 have consistently provided feedback that they fall into a “grey area” of community initiatives and funding as it relates to community-based programs and projects. With approximately 200-300 Tahltans living in the Dease Lake area, including status members from both the Iskut and Tahltan Bands, it is important that these members have access to programs and initiatives that foster a strong sense of community.


In 2015, the leadership of the Tahltan Central Government, the Iskut Band Council and Tahltan Band Council entered into the Tahltan Governance Protocol. Building from our Tahltan values of respect, fairness, equality and unity, the Protocol was established to support progressive, effective and collaborative governance for the benefit of all Tahltans. As a result of the Protocol, a model for allocating and investing revenues from agreements with government and industry was developed and includes a 10.6% allocation for community development in Dease Lake, Iskut and Telegraph Creek.


To determine what needs these funds could best serve in Dease Lake, IR #9 and IR #13, the Tahltan Central Government, with support from the Iskut and Tahltan Bands, circulated a community survey and hosted two communities, one in April of 2016 and one in late June of 2016. Following the meetings, the Dease Lake Community Funds Committee was formed to help manage and oversee the disbursement of the funds to Tahltan members and the initiatives they support.


About the Committee

The role of the Dease Lake Community Funds Committee is to develop and manage a fair and unbiased process for distributing grant funds to Tahltan members.


The Committee is currently comprised of six (6) representatives from the TCG, Iskut Band and Tahltan Band and Tahltan Community members including:


  1. Tahltan Band Rep-Chief Rick Mclean,
  2. Iskut Band Rep- Councillor Rhoda Jakesta
  3. TCG Rep-Adrian Carlick, Chair of the Committee
  4. Freda Campbell-Community Member
  5. Cheri Frocklage-Community Member
  6. Carol Danielson-Community Member



With the Dease Lake Community Funds Grant we are:


  1. Using Tahltan values to invest in our community in a way that fosters nation building and self-reliance.
  2. Investing in our community for wholistic endeavours.
  3. Investing in the culture, health, and preservation of Tahltan teachings, traditions, and heritage.


Application Deadline

The application deadline will be April 5th, 2017 at 5:00pm. Applications sent after the deadline will not be considered until the next funding call. Time to be determined by the committee and available funds.

Eligible Applicants

We welcome applications from Tahltan members on behalf of community organizations whose proposed programs and projects will be based or delivered in Dease Lake, IR #9 and IR #13.

Eligible Programs and Projects:

The community-based programs and projects that may qualify for grants from the Dease Lake Community Fund will generally fall within one of the following two categories:


Category 1: Language and Culture: Programs or projects that aim to promote and implement the Tahltan Language and Culture. Eligible programs and projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Language program curriculum development and instructor fees;
  • Program supplies (e.g. books);
  • Cultural facilities (e.g. museums, learning and teaching facilities);
  • Classroom/instruction space rentals and upgrades; and
  • Education technology hardware and software purchases/rentals
  • Culture and language promotion events.


Category 2: Health and Community Building: Programs or projects that promote Tahltan community health and nation building. Eligible programs and projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Health and sports program startup costs, curriculum development and instructor fees;
  • Sport tournament fees and purchase or rental of sporting equipment
  • Fundraising and community events; and
  • Community facilities (e.g. construction of baseball diamonds, community gardens)
  • Elders programs.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible programs and projects must:


  • Be community-based and demonstrate a clear benefit to Tahltans living in Dease Lake, IR#9 or IR#13. Programs and projects cannot be for the benefit of an individual.
  • Be delivered in or be based within the Dease Lake community, IR#9 or IR#13.
  • Be hosted by an organization that has demonstrated capacity to deliver them.
  • Include at least one Tahltan member that is identified as the contact person.
  • Applications clearly identify the organization that will receive and administer grant funding.
  • Only applications completed in full will be evaluated by the Committee.
  • Renovation, construction or other infrastructure-related projects must have a detailed plan, budget, and cannot be related to existing structure that is owned by any form of Government, public works or for the purposes of constructing/renovating privately owned businesses structures (e.g. home office).


Application Process

To apply for the Dease Lake Community Funds grant:

  1. Complete the application form below
  2. Gather supporting documents
  3. Send your application and supporting documents by email to: deasefunds@tahltan.org.


Please note: applications submitted to individual Committee members will not be considered.


Application Evaluation

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:


  • Clarity of the community development objective
  • Demonstration of benefit to Tahltan members within the Dease Lake area including IR#9 and IR #13
  • Relevance to one of the two eligibility categories
  • Demonstrated capacity to deliver the program or project
  • Budget


Please note: Funds will be awarded based on merit and depending on the availability of funds.


Release of Funds

Following the Committees review of all applications and approval of grants, all applicants will be informed by email. It is anticipated that applicants will be notified by Friday, April 21. Please do not contact Committee members regarding funding decisions.


The amount of funds dispersed up front will be at the sole discretion of the Committee.


Within 60 days of completion of the program/project, grant recipients are required to provide written reports describing what has been achieved as financial reports detailing how grant funds were spent.