FNHA Announces Call for Proposals for Services to Support Healing From Trauma



Available funding

Application Extended until Dec. 31, 2021

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is offering funding for mental health, cultural and emotional services to support healing from trauma in response to the impact of Indian Residential School (IRS) findings on the health and wellness of Indigenous peoples and communities across BC. 

A total of $7 million ​in off-cycle funding is available until end of fiscal year 2021/22. This funding is availa​ble to current IRS contribution agreement holders with the FNHA to expand existing services provided through the Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program (IR RHSP), Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Health and Cultural Supports (MMIWG HS), Indian Day Schools Health and Cultural Supports (IDS HS) and new service providers.

The amount of funding offered will depend on type, capacity and reach of services and how these services will fill identified service gaps at the community, regional and/or provincial level.

Use of IRS funding

First Nations organizations or communities engaged in direct health service delivery to BC First Nations people may apply. Trauma-informed cultural and emotional supports may include community-based cultural and emotional support services currently provided through the IR RHSP, MMIWG HS and IDS HS programs as well as expanded trauma-informed emotional and cultural supports for Status First Nations who are not otherwise eligible through the above programs.​

Application Criteria

All applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant is a First Nations organization or First Nations community
  • Preference will be given to organizations with current IRS RHSP Funding Agreements with the FNHA
  • Complete and attach a work plan and budget (using template provided)
  • Identify how funding will fill a known gap in trauma-informed cultural and emotional supports available to First Nations in BC
  • Provide supports to any First Nation individual who is seeking trauma-informed cultural and emotional support services
  • Demonstrate a network of trauma-informed health and cultural support providers with experience providing support to residential school Survivors and their family members 

If you are a First Nations organization serving Urban and Away from Home members please also submit

  • Two Letters of Support from communities you plan to serve or organizations that can speak to your work
  • Registered as a Society

There are two ways to submit an application:

  1. Complete the online application (preferred method)
  2. Complete the below forms and email to IRSneeds@fnha.ca

a. Application form

b. Workplan template (include an attached budget)

Please ensure to review the reporting template outlining required reporting following receipt of this funding.​

Application Deadline: Dec. 31, 2021

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