2021 Program & Application Guide

The First Nations Well Being Fund supports First Nations in their efforts to promote well being, increase quality of life for all community members (both on and off-reserve) and reduce poverty at the community and/or Nation level.

The First Nations Well Being Fund offers funding to First Nations and Tribal Councils to support projects related to community well being and poverty reduction. Areas of particular focus for funding will include, but are not limited to, food security, social and cultural supports, employment, education and training, families, children and youth, mental health, and transportation.

Stream 1 – Community Projects Overview

The intent of this funding stream is to support First Nations to undertake local projects in order to promote wellness and to reduce poverty at the community level. This stream may include projects that will assist First Nation members, such as:

Local food security initiatives, such as community kitchens or community gardens / greenhouses that support training and social inclusion

Initiatives that provide employment opportunities

Training and skills building opportunities

Cultural initiatives that will strengthen the community and support decolonization

Available Funding

  1. A maximum of $35,000 per project will be available where one First Nation is the applicant
  2. A maximum of $70,000 per project will be available where there are two (2) First Nations involved under Stream 1 (Community Projects)
  3. A maximum of $105,000 per project will be available where there are three or more partnering First Nations in a region involved

Stream 2 – Planning Projects Overview

The intent of this funding stream is to support First Nations to undertake planning and community engagement activities to develop a plan (or begin discussions on a plan) that will assist in promoting well being and reducing poverty at the community level. A key component of this funding stream is to provide resources to support dialogue within First Nation communities and Nations about how they wish to measure wellness within their community.

Available Funding

  1. A maximum of $25,000 will be available where one First Nation is the applicant
  2. A maximum of $50,000 will be available where there are two (2) First Nations involved, under Stream 2 (Planning)
  3. A maximum of $80,000 will be available where there are three or more partnering First Nations in a region involved

To apply

Deadline to Apply: May 30, 2021

  1. Read the 2021 Program & Application Guide (also attached as a PDF file). It outlines applicant and project eligibility, project types, funding stream definitions, eligible costs and activities, provides application requirements and details the review process.
  1. Complete the Application form and submit the Application in full by the deadline.

Access the Stream 1 – Community Projects Application

Access the Stream 2 – Planning Projects Application

Have questions? Check out the First Nations Well Being Fund Frequently Asked Questions document, below.

Knowledge Sharing Sessions: Register now!

Wednesdays - April 28th, May 5th, & May 12th

This series of knowledge sharing sessions focuses on supporting communities in undertaking planning and community engagement activities and exploring opportunities for measuring wellness. Speakers in the series include Gwen Phillips (Ktunaxa Nation), Jessie Hemphill (Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations), Cara Basil (Secwepemc Nation), and Trish Porter (Secwepemc Nation), along with guests from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and First Nations Public Service Secretariat.

  • Planning for Well Being: Developing a Community-Led Plan
    • Wednesday, May 12th, 10:30am - 12:00pm
    • Join Cara Basil (Secwepemc Nation) and Jessie Hemphill (Gwa'sala-Nakwaxda'xw Nations), as they review planning basics and discuss the importance of determining what wellness means for your community, starting where you are at, and incorporating language, culture, and unique elements for your community. A representative from the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) will share information on the "Health and Wellness Planning Toolkit for BC First Nations" and the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) will provide an overview of funding opportunities through the new First Nations Well Being Fund.
      Click here to register.

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Organizer

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (an initiative of the First Nations Summit Society).

Funder

The Province of British Columbia has provided funding for this initiative as part of its actions to reduce poverty in British Columbia. For more information about the BC Government’s poverty reduction strategy, see: TogetherBC: British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy.

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Don't miss out on the second of #FNPSS' Well Being Fund Knowledge Sharing Sessions this Wednesday, May 5 at 10:30am! This virtual session on measuring wellness will ask: "What are indicators and why do they matter?"

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If you want to learn more about making your website a more effective communication tool, then our next Stream In webinar is for you! Please join us on May 4, from 10:00 am-11:30 am PST to learn Website Best Practices for Effective Communication!
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Staring May 4, #FNPSS is inviting #BCFirstNations to participate in online dialogue sessions about the ways that we can support First Nations to strengthen their admin & governance capacity. Learn more and register for a session: https://t.co/mWi8l6pwcj. We thank you in advance.

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