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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Funding guidelines are available here
Frequently asked questions are available here
Statement of Readiness Template Mental Health & Wellness MOU Funding (PDF and Word)
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 email@example.com
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
• 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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: (604) 699-3104
Fax: (604) 913-2080
• 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
• 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
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.
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.
• 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.
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 sent by fax:
First Nations Health Authority – Winter Wellness Grants
FluidSurvey Link: http://fnha.fluidsurveys.com/s/2016-Winter-Wellness-Grant-Application
Phone: (604) 693-6575
Fax: (604) 913-2081
Supporting Community-Driven, Nation-Based Wellness Activities
The FNHA is pleased to announce another round of grant opportunities for First Nations communities 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.
• 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 preference and special consideration will be given to:
Funding Amounts Available
• 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)
• 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 Nation communities and/or community members (home or away from home)
• 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 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)
• 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 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.
Communities, organizations 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.
The deadline for applications is October 27, 2014 at 4pm.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
• 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
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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