NEW! Funding for First Nation Community Health Initiatives

Deadline: August 17th, 2012

A happy Tuesday to you, Funds Fans!  We have some exciting news for those of you involved in First Nations health services.  The First Nations Health Council has recently issued a Call for Letters of Interest under their new funding envelope called Community Health Initiatives (CHI).

Funding is intended to support new and improved ways to deliver health services to BC First Nations.  CHI funding will be allocated to projects promoting innovation and collaboration in health service delivery and will honour First Nations approaches to maintaining health and well-being. CHI funding will support health service delivery initiatives and projects that are not currently funded by federal and provincial governments.

Two funding categories have been identified as follows:

Funding Category 1: Single BC First Nation Communities and/or Collaborations amongst First Nations

Funding Category 2: Organizations serving BC First Nations in Health

Deadline: August 17th, 2012.  Maximum Grants as per Table 1.

Table 1: Funding Amount Typical Applicant Type
Up to $10,000 Single Community or   Organization or Group serving BC First Nations
$10,000-$25,000 Single or Multiple (3 or   more) BC First Nations Community(s), and partner agencies Groups, or   Organizations
$25,000-$50,000 Multiple (3 or more) BC First   Nations Community(s), and partner agencies Groups, or Organizations
Greater than $50,000 Collaboration of BC First   Nations Communities/Nations or Regional collaborations of First Nations,   Partner Agencies

Please note: There may be exceptions to the above categorizations which will be made by the funding decision maker. In addition, all funding initiative investments are considered as one time only. Further, the latter category (greater than $50,000) may be multi-year and preferably leverages partner resources with the main goal of sustainability and shared investment through partnerships with health authorities and other funding agencies.

Essential principles for this Call for Letters of Interest include:
• Make Room for Everyone: the application process for CHI funding is simple and straightforward so as not to advantage larger and more established communities in the process.
• Honouring First Nations approaches: Projects that focus on First Nations approaches to wellness or the integration of traditional and western medicine are preferred.
• Sustainability: preference will be given to those proposals that illustrate an approach to sustainability.
• No duplication of funding: Health services that are currently the responsibility of the provincial or federal government are ineligible for funding under the CHI fund.

Timelines for Letters of Interest
• Call for Letters of Interest issued: July 20, 2012
• Letters of Interest Submission Deadline: August 17, 2012
• Funding Panel Convenes: by August 28, 2012
• Communication of decisions: August 31, 2012

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