The 2022 Winter Wellness Grants Are Now Open!


​This Year’s Theme Is: “Honour, Hope, Healing”​​​​


The grant applications are open until Dec. 3, 2021.

For many people and families, the Winter solstice is a time for reflection and renewal. The past 18+ months have been a challenge for all of us but we are strong and resilient people! As we progress through this challenging time, the winter season can bring a sense of hope and a time to heal. It is important to continue honouring our culture, resilience and community while being mindful of following recommended public health orders.

Unfortunately, despite our ongoing efforts to vaccinate ourselves from COVID-19, we're not quite ready to return to large community events.  With this in mind, the FNHA is providing Winter Wellness Grants to support community-led, virtual events, small gatherings, or a combination of virtual and small scale in-person celebrations in honour of Winter solstice in 2022.

First Nations communities, schools and health and social organizations that provide wellness services to Indigenous British Columbians will be eligible for up to $2,500 to conduct their own virtual and/or small gathering celebration to honour Winter solstice.


Here are community stories that can inspire your event or initiative:
  • Kanuk'wa7'staliha Family Services held a baby ceremony online (photo above)
  • ʔaq̓am Community hosted a photo contest that included a hiking kit and wilderness guide.
  • Members of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation shared stories while attending virtual beading classes.

Grant Criteria:

  1. The Grants are intended to support virtual and small gathering initiatives that encourage First Nations in BC to celebrate and winter solstice.
  2. Activities must be conducted through methods that support physical distancing and in alignment with Orders of the Provincial Health Officer (e.g., virtual gatherings, webinars, and small gatherings with safety precautions).
  3. Eligible recipients include First Nations communities, BC schools, and health and social organizations that provide wellness services to Indigenous people in BC
  4. Recipients are encouraged to collaborate with neighbouring communities and organizations where feasible.
  5. Eligible recipients are able to access a single grant up to $2,500 and completion of a brief closing report will be required to capture the highlights of your initiative. ​

How to Apply:

Applications for 2022 are now closed. If you are looking for applications for the 2023 Winter Wellness Grants, they are not yet open. Those applications will be available in November 2022.

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