Applications for the First Nations Well Being Fund are now open!

The First Nations Well Being Fund has been developed and is being implemented by the First Nations Public Service Secretariat (FNPSS), which is an initiative of the First Nations Summit. There are two streams of funding. Stream 1 provides up to $35,000 dollars and Stream 2 provides up to $25,000 dollars per applicant First Nation. First Nations may apply to both streams.

Stream 1 provides funding for community projects or programs that will help to promote wellness and to reduce poverty at the community level. Projects could take place in a number of areas, such as:

  • Local food security initiatives
  • Initiatives that provide employment opportunities
  • Training and skills building
  • Cultural initiatives that will strengthen the community and support decolonization,
  • Other initiatives that will promote well-being at the community or Nation level.

Eligible costs have been designed to be fairly broad and include supplies and small capital purchases, for example, freezers, stoves, or electronics devices like tablets, for use in community projects or programs. Please see the attached Program and Application Guide for full details and examples.

Stream 2 provides funding for planning and community discussions around Community Well-Being. If you want to learn more about this topic, FNPSS will be hosting three free knowledge sharing webinars on this topic in April and May. There will be three different sessions in the areas of:

  • Community Engagement – strategies for engaging members both online and in person
  • Planning for Community Well-Being – steps for developing a community-led plan, and Training and skills building
  • Measuring Wellness – developing indicators that speak to community priorities.

The application deadline is May 30, 2021 at 11:00pm and funded First Nations will have until July 31, 2023 to complete their projects. For more information or to download application forms, please see and if you have questions about the Fund please contact or 604 328 5052 and 604 619 9118.


First Nations Well Being Fund 2021