Indigenous Climate Health Action Program Funding Available for BC First Nations

7/24/2020

​​Funding opportunity supports First Nations to create and strengthen programs related to climate change impacts on health. ​

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The FNHA is now offering funding through its Indigenous Climate Health Action Program (ICHAP). ICHAP funds community-driven projects that strengthen the resilience of First Nations people to the impacts of climate change on physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health.

First Nations communities in BC share an understanding that human health and the health of the environment are connected. Climate change affects physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health in many different ways. ICHAP funding can be used to strengthen a range of environmental, social, cultural and economic factors that help strengthen community health and wellness and resilience in the face of climate change.

ICHAP funds can be used for:

 Developing a strategy or plans to reduce climate change impacts on health and wellness,

 Training and skill building,

 Creating communications materials, and

 Hiring a sub-regional climate change and health coordinator to coordinate efforts in planning and strengthening community resilience (requires collaboration of multiple communities).

Proposed projects need to focus on climate health. Proposals should include information on how the project will engage youth, incorporate traditional knowledge, and aim to strengthen community climate health resilience through new knowledge and skills. 

Due to challenges related to COVID-19, there is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. 

Learn more about this program at the new FNHA ICHAP webpage, where you can find up-to-date information on funding, how to apply, and an application guide and brochure. 

Resources and Contacts:




 Contact FNHA's Climate Change and Health Specialist at Paivi.Abernethy@fnha.ca ​or by phone 250.208.6139.​

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