Funding can be used to support or supplement operations and maintenance funding, capital funding and/or program funding. Consideration will be given to initiatives that have a sustained impact on the UAH population, reach a broad range of First Nations people that live in an urban or away-from-home setting and/or improve the availability, quality and accessibility of health and wellness services for the UAH population.
We accept funding applications from BC First Nations communities, First Nations education institutions and health and social organizations that provide services to the UAH population in BC.
Please note that for-profit organizations, Métis Chartered communities and organizations and organizations that are not run by First Nations are ineligible for funding.
The UAH population includes status and non-status First Nations people in BC who live in:
In 2022-2023, this grant was piloted internally by the FNHA. Regional teams worked with BC First Nations communities, as well as health and social organizations that provide services to the UAH population. Some examples of initiatives that were supported include:
In partnership with Northern Island Medical Clinic, the UAH Funding Initiative provided primary care supplies and equipment to Q'waxsem Place in Campbell River. Q'waxsem Place provides supportive housing, traditional medicines and methods of healing to over 50 residents to improve the health and wellness for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Q'waxsem Place primary care providers and employees outside the centre.
Hulitan Family and Community Services Society
With support from the UAH Funding Initiative, Hulitan Family and Community Services Society purchased necessary clinical supplies and equipment to better establish a primary care space to connect 250 clients with a primary care provider. This included children, youth and adults from Kwakwaka'wakw, Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and/or living away from home.
The Hulitan Family and Community Services Society team outside the primary care clinic space
The FNHA's Northern Region Team supported 16 warming centres to increase access to food and supplies in the event of extreme weather events. Approximately 320 clients were supported across the North Central, Northwest and the North East regions throughout the winter of 2023.
Northern Region Team assembling food and winter care packages for organizations to prepare for extreme weather events in the Northern Region.
The deadline to submit an application is Friday October 27, 2023. See full funding criteria or submit an application for funding here.
If you have questions or experience any challenges with the online application form, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. A phone call can be set up if needed. .
1. Who can apply to the UAH Funding Initiative?
Funding applications must be received from:
Please note: for-profit organizations and Métis Chartered Communities/organizations, non-BC First Nations not-for-profits organization/societies, and non-BC First Nations educational institutions are ineligible for the UAH Funding Initiative.
2. Can an individual apply for a grant?
No. The funds cannot be distributed to an individual. The FNHA encourages people with an idea or concept to match and connect with a group that meets the criteria described in question one.
6. Can I use the funds for an Elder Honorarium?
Yes. The funds can be used to provide an honorarium to an Elder for their services.
Funds may not be used for the following:
7. Who can I contact for more help or to answer other questions?
Team members are available during regular business hours by email and can set up a phone call if necessary.
If you have any questions, please email UAH@fnha.ca.