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Current Opportunities​

Today the First Nations Health Authority released funding guidelines for the tripartite $30 million mental health and wellness fund. The Fund supports Nations and aggregations of First Nations to come together to plan, design and deliver a full continuum of culture and strength-based mental health and wellness services, including prevention and early intervention, over two years (2019-2021).

The funding approach recognizes that each community and Nation is at a different place in mental health and wellness design and delivery, as such, eligible activities include planning, collaboration, design and demonstration.

The First Nations Health Council, First Nations Health Authority, Government of Canada and Province of BC share the perspective that better mental health outcomes require service coordination across ministries and government agencies. In addition to the $30 million financial commitment, the partners stand ready to work differently and engage their respective systems through a broader lens of Social Determinants of Health.

Support from FNHA regional teams and other partners is available for BC First Nations seeking to access the mental health and wellness fund. Funding guidelines and FAQ's are available below, or email mhwmou@fnha.ca

Funding guidelines are available here

Frequently asked questions are available here

Statement of Readiness Template Mental Health & Wellness MOU Funding​ (PDF and Word)​

Background

On July 26, 2018, the Government of Canada, the Province of BC and the First Nations Health Council (FNHC) signed the Memorandum of Understanding: Tripartite Partnership to Improve Mental Health and Wellness Services and Achieve Progress on the Determinants of Health and Wellness ("MOU"). ​

The MOU aims to transform mental health and wellness services by putting Nations at the center of the design and delivery of these services. It is activated by a $30 million collective commitment from Canada, BC and FNHA over two years- providing flexible funding to support Nation-Based Mental Health and Wellness planning activities and demonstration sites. ​

Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Implementation of Tripartite MOU on Mental Health and Wellness

The questions below reflect feedback voiced through various engagement opportunities including the First Nations Health Directors Association Annual General Meeting and regional caucuses held in the fall of 2018. This Frequently Asked Questions document will continue to evolve as implementation gets underway.

 

Q: How much funding is available?

The total funding commitment is $30 million—Canada, BC and the FNHA each contributed $10 million to be allocated over the next two years. Target regional allocations have been set and may need to be adjusted as needed to respond to the decisions of communities and Nations on how they wish to work together. Importantly, these won't be constrained by regional health boundaries.

In addition to this core funding, both levels of government have committed to working throughout their systems to explore opportunities to align existing funding and services to support Nations' mental health and wellness plans and demonstration sites.

For more information see funding guidelines page 3.

 

Q: Is this funding intended to cover the treatment centre renovations and construction of new treatment centres?

No, additional funding is being identified by the tripartite partners to support the build, repair, renovation and expansion of a number of FNHA funded treatment centres in BC. This additional funding has been earmarked to renovate six existing treatment centres and build two additional ones.

 

Q: How do Nations and communities access the $30 million in new funding?

Nations and communities will develop a Statement of Readiness with the support of the regional FNHA team that outlines the activities and outcomes that the funding will support.  Each Statement of Readiness will be submitted to the Mental Health and Wellness Table for review and approval of funds.  Collaboration is strongly encouraged and is a core criteria for funding.  The governments of Canada and BC will facilitate departmental and ministerial partnerships as appropriate.

No specific format is required; however, templates are available to support development of Statements of Readiness.  Use of these templates is optional. The DRAFT Health and Wellness Planning Toolkit is also available and can be used to help develop mental health and wellness plans. Statements of Readiness can be sent to mhwmou@fnha.ca

For more information see funding guidelines page 5-7.

 

Q: Who can access the $30 million in new funding?

Funding will be provided directly to Nations and communities as per the identified body (i.e., Nation, Tribal Council, etc.) in the Statement of Readiness.  Nations and communities may choose to collaborate with others, such as a health service delivery organization, in the design and delivery of their plan.


Q: What are the funding quadrants?

Funding is available for the each of following quadrants:

• Pre-planning/Planning

• Collaborate

• Design

•​ Demonstrate

Statements of Readiness can be submitted for any quadrant. For more information see funding guidelines page 4-5.

 

Q: What is the deadline to submit a Statement of Readiness?

Statements of Readiness will be accepted on an ongoing basis. A number of demonstration sites will be selected early on in the process as they are intended to inform the development of the ten-year tripartite social determinants of health strategy. Please note that plans for demonstration sites that are ready later in the process may still be submitted for two year funding and will depend on timing and funding availability.


Q: Who will review and approve Statements of Readiness?

The Mental Health and Wellness Table will review and approve Statements of Readiness. The Table is comprised of representatives from multiple ministries in the Province of BC (Ministries of Mental Health and Addictions, Health, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and Children and Family Development) and the First Nations Health Authority. While representatives of Indigenous Services Canada also participate on the Mental Health and Wellness Table, it is in an advisory capacity only as it relates to funding matters consistent with the agreements signed under the BC Tripartite Process.​


Q: How will funding be approved?

The Mental Health and Wellness Table will be reviewing Statements of Readiness from a wholistic, strengths-based, family-focused and Nation-based perspective in alignment with the Guiding Principles (see funding guidelines appendix B). We are encouraging a new, innovative and transformative approach to services that meets the needs of the Nation.

Funding for each Statement of Readiness submitted to the Mental Health and Wellness Table may be fully approved, approved in principle, or recommended for further development with specific guidance and support provided. If a request is approved in principle, requestors will have a two-month window to bring the request back to the Mental Health and Wellness Table for approval, or funding may be reallocated.

For demonstration sites, the Mental Health and Wellness Table will be reviewing Statements of Readiness for the following:

• Nation-based governance structure for the project in place

• Readiness to implement

• Integration of culture and traditional wellness

• Builds on existing assets

• Wholistic approach

• Partnerships in place

• Detailed plan for people and budget

For more information see funding guidelines page 7.


Q: Can Nations and communities apply for funds more than once?

Yes.  Statements of Readiness can be aligned to any of the planning quadrants (pre-planning/planning, collaborate, design, demonstrate) to support each community and Nation wherever they are on their journey to health and wellness. Nations that are ready to implement demonstration sites immediately can request support accordingly.

 

Q: Can funding be used to support projects that broadly address the social determinants of health and wellness?

Yes. The MOU recognizes that wellness at the individual, family, community and Nation level is affected by housing conditions, concern for child welfare, cultural connectedness, employment or underemployment, access to education and involvement in the criminal justice system to name a few. Statements of Readiness that address these social determinants are encouraged alongside those that promote prevention and early intervention to address root causes.

 

Q: Can Nations and communities use this funding for capital projects?

Capital funding for new buildings or assets are out of scope of this investment, however, some leased costs could be covered.  For example, if additional leased office space is needed to deliver new demonstration site services or a vehicle is needed for mobile team services then the associated lease payments could be included as part of the costs detailed in the Statement of Readiness. Provincial and federal partners may also be able to assist in identifying potential capital funds for specific projects within their existing programs.


Q: When will funds be released?

The Mental Health and Wellness Table will meet monthly to review and approve Statements of Readiness. Release of funding for approved initiatives will occur shortly thereafter if all necessary information is available.


Q: When does the funding need to be used by?

Funding is intended to be used prior to 2021.


Q: Will I have to report on this funding?

Yes, and reporting will be as simple as possible. Reporting on the planning quadrants will be on an annual basis, the demonstration sites may need to report more frequently.

 

Q: What are the overall timelines?

• October 2018 Implementation plan finalized

• December 2018 Caucus engagement completed and funding guidelines finalized

• January 2019 Begin reviewing Statements of Readiness and administer funding

•​ Summer 2019 Review early reporting and share learnings to date

For more information, please visit www.fnha.ca


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Past Oppor​tunities​:​​

2017 Day of Wellness Event Grant Application​


Apply online at the link below or download a copy of the Wellness Grant application form​.  Applications can be received via email or fax no later than May 5th, 2017. If a fax is being sent then please first call the phone number below to let them know that your entry will be received that way.​

First Nations Health Authority – Wellness Event

Email: active@fnha.ca​  Phone: (604) 699-3104 

Fax: (604) 913-2080


​​​​​Apply online here!


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​2016 Day of Wellness Event Grants​

​​​​“Join th​e Wellness Move-ment!”

Hosting Wellness Activities on National Aboriginal Day: June 2​1, 2016

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The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is a committed wellness partner for each and every First Nations person and community in British Columbia. FNHA has a vision of wellness, doing so in a manner that honours First Nations inherent teachings, values our diversity and respects traditions and culture. FNHA wants the June 21 Day of Wellness events to become an annual wellness movement for First Nations peoples in BC. 

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This year we are requesting all successful applicants host their wellness activities on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st 2016 to promote BC First Nations as a whole celebrating Wellness in a unified effort on this day. 

Grant Eligibility and Criteria

• BC First Nations Community
• First Nations School in BC
• Organizations or agency delivering health service to BC First Nations and/or Aboriginal people
• Combination of the above (3)
• Event must held on National Aboriginal Day, June 21st 2016
• Proposals must be received by: April 29th 2016

Proposals will be assessed ensuring funding is distributed equitably to First Nations communities across all five regions, with the preference and consideration given to the following:

• BC First Nations community based applications
• Applications where collaboration or partnership with other communities is possible and demonstrated
• Quality and detail of application with clear description of how the proposed event fits into the respective wellness streams
• Closing Reports received from previous successful applicants
• Only fully completed applications will be considered

Applications can be received via email, fax or via the Fluid​Survey link no later than: April 29th 2016. If a fax is being sent then please first call the phone number below to let them know that your entry will be received that way.

First Nations Health Authority – Wellness Event
Email: active@fnha.ca  
Phone: (604) 693-6575  
Fax: (604) 913-2080


Download the 2016 Day of Wellness Grant Application here (PDF 284 KB)


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The First Nations Health Authority envisions healthy, self-determining and vibrant BC First Nations children, families and communities playing an active role in decision-making regarding their personal and collective wellness. In line with Directive 1 - Community-Driven, Nation-Based, the FNHA is encouraging First Nations to create their own health event or initiative!

The 2015-16 theme is around new year's resolutions. What is your community or individual resolution this year? Wellness events and initiatives should include a change-focused/ transformational aspect participants can implement in their lifestyles or communities for the rest of the year. The FNHA wants Winter Wellness events to encourage and sustain wellness in individuals, families, and communities throughout the year – see some examples below.


​Grant Eligibility

Organizations, schools and agencies that are engaged in direct health service delivery to BC First Nations and/or Aboriginal people may be eligible for funding to host a Community-Driven Winter Wellness Event or initiative. To be eligible the event or initiative must be held between; January 1 – February 15, 2016. The deadline for applications is December 3rd, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.

Applications will be weighed against the following criteria:

• Includes a change-focused/transformational aspect participants can implement within their lifestyle/community throughout the year.
• Event or initiatives that focus on one or more of the FNHA Wellness Streams.
• BC First Nations community-based applications (single or multiple).
• Applications where collaboration or partnership with other communities is possible and demonstrated at the regional, or sub-regional level .
• Fairness and equity within and across the five regions.
• Host organizations that can involve higher numbers of participants.
• Past Day of Wellness grant recipients who have submitted closing reports for previous years' grant.


Samples of FNHA Wellness Streamed initiatives and events:

1. Nurturing Spirit: Organize a Volunteer week! Have registered participants commit to a certain amount of hours to volunteer in the community during a week in January and celebrate the good work and feelings spread across the community by having a community meal and circle to share your experiences throughout the week. 

2. Respecting Tobacco: This could range from abstinence to harm reduction to respective tobacco use. Community members pledge to go 48 hours smoke-free, as a group or through the FNHA Tobacco Timeout initiative (www.quitnow.ca/contest/tobaccotimeout​).  A 5 km walk can be held and at the end of the walk the community members who have gone smoke free will be acknowledged and rewarded. Tobacco pouches could be made and handed out and the conclusion of the initiative. 

3. Being ActiveA Snowy 5K - Snowshoe, ski, sled, walk, Spirit pole! Don’t let the snow outside stop you! Organizing a 5K through the winter weather can be a great way to promote continuous physical activity through our winter months. Prepare a nice hot community meal at the finish line. 

4. Eating HealthyHaving an Elder provide information to youth on how our relatives ate and prepared food during the month through an interactive event. Provide youth with food and resources so they can follow along with the teaching!

Browse more Winter Wellness events from last year​

Application Form

To apply for a grant, please complete this form. Funds may be used for any required costs necessary to carry out the event or initiative (except assets or infrastructure). Only fully completed application forms will be considered.

2016 Winter Wellness Grant Form (PDF 170 KB)

2016 Winter Wellness Grant Form (Word 103 KB)

2016 Winter Wellness Grant Poster (PDF 83 KB)

Applications can be received via email, fax or via the Fluid Survey link no later than December 3rd, 2015 at 4 p.m.

Please Note: If a fax is being sent please first call the phone number below to let them know that your entry will be se​nt by fax:

 

First Nations Health Authority – Winter Wellness Grants

FluidSurvey Link: http://fnha.fluidsurveys.com/s/2016-Winter-Wellness-Grant-Application

 

Email: active@fnha.ca   

Phone: (604) 693-6575 

Fax: (604) 913-2081​​




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Supporting Community-Driven, Nation-Based Wellness Activities 

The FNHA is pleased to announce another round of grant opportunities for First Nations commu​nities and health service partners to host a wellness event in your community this summer in celebration of National Aboriginal Day. Last year 99 Aboriginal Day of Wellness events​ brought together over 20,000 people.

Community-based, partnership-focused, participant-driven applications will be assessed with fairness and equity within and across the regions.

Grant Eligibility

​Organizations and agencies engaged in direct health service delivery to BC First Nations and/or Aboriginal people may be eligible for funding to host a run, walk, or traditional activity (not including federal or provincial governments). To be eligible this event must be held on June 21, 2015 or within seven days (either side) of this event.

Funding preference and special consideration will be given to:

• BC First Nations community based applications (single or multiple)
• Applications where collaboration or partnership with other communities and partnership investment is possible and demonstrated at the regional, or sub-regional level (3 or more communities)
• Fairness and equity within and across the regions
• Host organizations that can involve higher numbers of participants (urban setting)
• Applicants that have submitted the required Closing Report for previous FNHA wellness grants

NOTE: If multiple applications are received from the same community or organization, those applicants may be asked to collaborate with each other.

Funding preference and special consideration will be given to:

​• BC First Nations community based applications (single or multiple)
• Applications where collaboration or partnership with other communities and partnership investment is possible and demonstrated at the regional, or sub-regional level (3 or more communities)
• Fairness and equity within and across the regions
Host organizations that can involve higher numbers of participants (urban setting)
•​ Applicants that have submitted the required Closing Report for previous FNHA wellness grants

Funding Amounts Available

AmountTypical Applicant Type
Category 1: $4000-5,000Nation, Regional or Sub regional  with multiple collaborating communities and multiple partner investments
Category 2: $1,000-3,999Multiple (4 or more) BC First Nations Community(s), andpartner agencies Groups, or Organizations
Category 3: Up to $1,000Single Community or Organization or Group serving BC First Nations

Funding Category 1: $4,000-5,000 

Nation-based or regional scale events with multiple collaborating communities or groups and multiple partner investments

• First Nations communities and organizations (excluding provincial and federal governments) providing health services to BC First Nations
• BC First Nation groups or organizations may submit requests for funding or partnership investment that benefit a greater number of BC First Nation communities and/or community members (home or away from home)

Funding Category 2: $1,000-$3,999​

Sub-regional level event (multiple community collaboration of 4 or more)

• First Nations communities (4 or more) and organizations (excluding provincial and federal governments) providing health services to BC First Nations
• BC First Nation groups or organizations may submit requests for funding or partnership investment that benefit a greater number of BC First Natio​n communities and/or community members (home or away from home)

Funding Category 3: Up to $1,000

Single BC First Nation community or small collaboration of communities (1-3) that is/are isolated and/or remote

• A remote or isolated individual First Nation Community
• A collaboration of 1-3 communities that are relatively remote or isolated (ie. First Nations Health Center serving multiple communities) with less than 200 participants expected



Application Form Please complete this form if you are interested in hosting an event on behalf of your BC First Nation or Aboriginal Community/Organization. This application form is for use by all BC First Nations, Aboriginal Community/Organizations in their application for funding to support the planning and delivery of their community Wellness Event. Funds may be used for any required costs necessary to carry out the event (except assets or infrastructure). Only fully completed application forms will be considered.

Applications can be received via email, fax or via the Fluid Survey link no later than April 23, 2015​. If a fax is being sent then you must first call the phone number below to let them know that your entry will be received that way:

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First Nations Health Authority – Wellness Event
Email: active@fnha.ca Phone: (604) 693-6575 
Fax: (604) 913-2081

Application deadline by email, fax or Survey link is April 23, 2015.

Apply online here: https://fnha.fluidsurveys.com/s/Day-Of-Wellness-2015/​

Download a PDF application here​ (188 KB)

Download a Word application here - Right-click, save as (95 KB)

Download a PDF copy of above poster​ (148 KB)​



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​The First Nations Health Authority Environmental Contaminants Program (ECP) is now accepting Environmental Contaminants Research Proposals for the 2015-16 fiscal year. The ECP Guidelines for Proposals booklet provides tools and information regarding the proposal development and application process. If you have any questions regarding the Program, please contact Environmental.Health@fnha.ca​
 
The proposal selection process will be concluded in late March 2015.

PROPOSAL DEADLINE: February 16, 2015 at Midnight

Submit your completed proposal by courier/mail,

email or fax to:
Environmental Public Health Services
First Nations Health Authority
404 -1138 Melville Stree​t
Vancouver, BC V6E 4S3
Fax: 604-666-3356

There have been some key changes to the program that are highlighted below:

 Collaboration & Partnerships Approach: While we will continue to support individual community projects, we encourage communities with similar concerns to partner and collaborate. Recognizing the significant value in investigating common issues together, economies of scale, shared community expertise and learning.

 Duration: Projects that span multiple years will be accepted. The duration funded will depend on the expiry date of the health funding agreement held by the community.

​​ Funding: While the maximum budget amount has been removed, proposal budgets must be reasonable and appropriate based on the objectives and activities of the project. Communities should seek additional sources of funding, including in-kind, to ensure that funding support can be provided to as many projects as possible.

​​The changes above have been made as part of FNHA’s increased flexibility in program design, and to address limitations in the former BC First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program. Please note: funding under the National First Nations Environmental Contaminants Program is no longer available in British Columbia.  



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​Winter Wellness​ Grants​

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The FNHA is offering Winter Wellness grants to encourage the development of innovative, culturally grounded health promotion events and campaigns. Grants between $1000-$5000 will be offered depending on the number of communities involved and the creativity/complexity of the Challenge.

HOW

Communities, org​anizations and agencies engaged in direct health service delivery to BC First Nations and/or Aboriginal people may apply. Eligible Challenges will be based on the four wellness streams of Being Active, Healthy Eating, Nurturing Spirit, and Respecting Tobacco. The challenge can run over an extended period of time or be a single event.

WHEN

The deadline for applications is October 27, 2014​ at 4pm.

Criteria

Applications ​will be weighed against the following criteria:

• BC First Nations community based applications (single or multiple)

• Applications where collaboration or partnership with other communities is possible and demonstrated at the regional, or sub- regional level

• Fairness and equity within and across the regions

• Host organizations that can involve higher numbers of participants

•​ Past Day of Wellness grant recipients have submitted final reports for last year’s grant.

•​ Challenges that focus on the FNHA Wellness Streams​


Email us at: active@fnha.ca, or 

Applications are now closed.

Event page: 
http://www.fnha.ca/about/news-and-events/events/winter-wellness-grants​​​

​Aboriginal Day of Wellness Grants

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 The FNHA is pleased to announce the second annual Aboriginal Day of Wellness Grants. As your health and wellness partner the FNHA is providing small strategic investments today in support of our motto “Health through wellness.” This second annual funding call represents the FNHA’s growing capacity to support wellness related initiatives in First Nations and Aboriginal communities. Our goal is to have every First Nations and Aboriginal person in BC connecting with their active spirit on National Aboriginal Day.

Grant Eligibility

Organizations and agencies engaged in direct health service delivery to BC First Nations and/or Aboriginal people (not including federal or provincial governments) may be eligible for funding to host a run, walk, or traditional activity. To be eligible the event must be held on June 21, 2014 or within seven days (either side) of this event.

 Grants this year will be awarded differently from 2013. For each region there will be one Category 1 grant available, up to three Category 2 grants and multiple Category 3 grants awarded (further information about categories can be seen on pg. 5 of the application). Funding preference and special consideration will be given to:

·  BC First Nations community based applications (single or multiple)
·  Applications where collaboration or partnership with other communities is possible and demons​trated at the regional, or sub-regional level (3 or more communities)
·  Fairness and equity within and across the regions
·  Host organizations that can involve higher numbers of participants (urban setting)​​

Closing deadline: April 9th, 2014
Application date has closed. 
If you have an questions about your application please email active@fnha.ca​

View the 2014 Aboriginal Day of Wellness Events here: 
View a map of the 2014 Aboriginal Day Wellness Events here: 



​Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Event Travel and Accommoda​tion Subsidy

For survivors attending the Sept 16-22, 2013, TRC and Reconciliation Canada events in Vancouver, BC

Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Development Canada and the United Church of Canada have contributed a total of $200,000 to support First Nations residential school survivors participation in Truth and Reconciliation and Reconciliation Canada events September 16-22, 2013.

The FNHA will administer the TRC travel and accommodation subsidy to supplement the travel and accommodation costs to survivors who will be attending the Sept 16-22, 2013 event in Vancouver, BC. The FNHA will administer these funds and leverage our relationships with travel vendors to offer discounted airfare and ferry fare for survivors, information will be posted on TRC, Reconciliation Canada and FNHA websites.

Due to the last minute nature of this opportunity, the FNHA will manage all subsidy requests with the intention to support the highest number of survivors possible. The TRC expects over 2000 survivors to attend the event, and depending on demand, there is no guarantee that a subsidy will be provided. Please note that all applications will be handled with the utmost of confidence.​

For more information please email: TRCsubsidy@fnha.ca


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