Indigenous People’s Resilience Fund – Responding towards urgent Community Needs

Indigenous People’s Resilience Fund
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Friday, July 31, 2020

Detailed Description

The Community Foundations of Canada is seeking applications for the Indigenous People’s Resilience Fund – an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience.

This new fund is Indigenous-led, and complementary to the Government of Canada’s Indigenous Community Support Fund and other Government and philanthropic efforts. It will leverage local data and community knowledge alongside philanthropic capital to provide flexible, adaptive and crucial support where it is most needed within Indigenous organizations or communities.

The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund is being developed by Indigenous philanthropic knowledge holders and is being incubated with support from Community Foundations of Canada, the national leadership organization for Canada’s 191 local community foundations.

The Fund is made possible thanks to the contributions of several foundations and funders. Including the All One Fund, The Counselling Foundation of Canada, Laidlaw Foundation, The Lawson Foundation and The McConnell Foundation. As well as VanCity Community Investment Bank and Suncor Energy Foundation.

Funding Information

  • The IPRF offers a range to be effective to organizations working in communities of various sizes and geographies, $5,000 to $30,000 in allocations are available.

Eligible Projects

  • The IPRF will provide immediate financial support for projects that are serving Indigenous populations as they manage the impacts of COVID-19. Applicants may only apply for one project at a time, but no more than 2 applications if they are distinctly separate initiatives. Should you apply for more than one, it must be done at 2 separate intake times. Your project cannot be fully completed at the time of application. Specifically, eligible projects will:
  • Clearly address a pressing social inclusion or well-being need caused by COVID-19;
  • Serve Indigenous peoples (First Nations, Métis, Inuit) and preferably led by Indigenous peoples;
  • Be carried out in a short time-frame with a reasonable budget, before December 31, 2020.

Examples of eligible projects responding to urgent community needs, while taking a long-term view on building community resilience through the provision of:

  • Training and financial support to areas where gaps in funding are needed to strengthen emergency health care efforts (ex: training of new cleaning procedures) and health-related transportation services (ex: purchasing PPE for medical drivers) and community safety initiatives;
  • Sustainable access to food and strengthened local food systems (ex: purchasing food to distribute or cook and distribute to vulnerable groups, and purchasing gardening needs);
  • Training and infrastructure to help communities overcome technological barriers and connectivity challenges (ex: purchasing additional connectivity for community social-distance use, connectivity for summer student support or assisting in training Elders who would not otherwise use Zoom or social media to get connected);
  • Innovation in employment, internships and experiential learning, either virtually or through safe, social-distancing programming;
  • Ensuring access to counselling, mental wellness and health supports where there aremgaps in funding available from government programs (ex: provide mental health or cultural classes virtually to those in need);
  • Innovative techniques for Elders and Healers who provide counselling, traditional medicines and teachings to youth in their communities;
  • Request for funding to fulfill a gap where a shortage of funding for a specific program has been received from another foundation or organization.
  • Operating funds that allows for innovation and gaps in services for to ensure ongoing sustainability for programs of Indigenous led organizations, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities providing support at a community level that have been affected by COVID19;

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants will be required to share how their project assists the Indigenous populations they serve, and the impact of the project on the community.

Examples of eligible organizations include:

  • community groups;
  • registered charities;
  • registered not-for-profit organizations;
  • public bodies performing a function of government in Canada

Those ineligible to apply include:

  • individuals
  • the Government of Canada (federal government);
  • provincial and territorial governments;
  • the Crown; and
  • the United Nations.


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