First Nations Well Being Fund

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

Applications are now closed

  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 28, May 5 & May 12

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.

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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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ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS!

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ARMA Vancouver provides four Bursary awards each valued up to $500 CAD every year. Two are designated to ARMA members and two are designated for members or employees of First Nations (whether or not they are an ARMA member).

ARMA Vancouver bursaries are intended to provide financial support towards records management education costs such as tuition, certification exams (ICRM & IGP), books, travel expenses, and other education-related costs. The application period runs from September 13 to 27 for 2022.

The ARMA Kelowna Conference is being held from Oct 5-7, 2022, and would be an ideal opportunity for any bursary recipients – plus you can check-out workshop sessions at the conference being led by FNPSS! 

For more information and details on how to apply:  http://ow.ly/VOvI50KQTvt

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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.

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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now!

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.
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Looking to expand your skills in policy development? Register now for the First Nations Public Service Secretariat’s (FNPSS) upcoming Policy Management Training Academy (MTA)! These very popular 3 half-day virtual workshops will explore topics such as the cycle of policy development, risk management, what successful and effective policy looks like and more. For more information and to register, please visit http://ow.ly/iBYh50KIznA 

Spots are limited, and fill up quickly – register now! 

First Nations youth aged 18-29 who are currently working or are interested in working in the areas of policy and administration are also highly encouraged to register for this event. Spots are available for youth at no-cost. For youth registration, please contact info@fnps.ca.

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LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!

Please join the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS) for a Succession Planning Webinar hosted by First Nations HR expert Robin Henry. 
This brief presentation on succession planning for your Nation/Organization will be followed by a group Q&A discussion with First Nations leaders, administrators, and HR professionals to share experiences on succession plan development and implementation and other examples of HR best practices. FNPSS sharing webinars are informal conversations aimed to provide a space for First Nations to discuss progress, challenges, and ideas with those working in similar roles. The webinar will be 60-minutes in duration, with time reserved for a Q&A period.

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