Indigenous Community Support Fund
This fund helps Indigenous communities prevent, prepare and respond to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
On August 12, 2020, the Government of Canada announced additional needs-based funding through the Indigenous Community Support Fund. The funding is available, through an application process:
Indigenous Community Support Fund: Needs-based funding application
About the fund
The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis is and will remain a top priority for all.
Canada recognizes that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are among the most at risk and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.
This fund provides Indigenous leadership with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. These funds can be used for measures including, but not limited to:
- support for Elders and vulnerable community members
- measures to address food insecurity
- educational and other support for children
- mental health assistance and emergency response services
- preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19
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As shown in the map, as of October 5, 2020, the Indigenous Community Support Fund is allocated as follows:
- $322,672,639 for First Nations, allocated to each First Nation based on population, remoteness and community well-being
- $67,500,000 for Inuit, which has flowed to each of the 4 land claims organizations through an allocation determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and regional Inuit land claims organizations
- $45,000,000 for the Métis Nation communities, which has flowed through each of the governing members
- $90,000,000 for Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or off reserve
- $159,827,361 for needs-based funding for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nation communities, as well as Indigenous organizations serving Indigenous Peoples, including in those living in urban centres and First Nations community members living off reserve
- This funding is available through an application driven process
Funds have been allocated regionally as follows:
- British Columbia
- First Nations $59,370,331
- Métis Nation of British Columbia $5,625,000
- First Nations $39,444,536
- Métis Nation of Alberta $11,250,000
- First Nations $45,246,700
- Métis Nation - Saskatchewan $11,250,000
- First Nations $54,025,342
- Manitoba Metis Federation $11,250,000
- First Nations $56,378,563
- Métis Nation of Ontario $5,625,000
- First Nations $37,350,509
- Inuit $16,875,000
- First Nations $15,851,869
- Inuit $8,032,500
- First Nations $5,710,088
- Northwest Territories
- First Nations $9,294,707
- Inuit $8,775,000
- Inuit $33,817,500
- Indigenous organizations
- $90,000,000 was set aside for funding that was distributed through a call for proposals process for urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities
For funding announced March 18, 2020 and May 21, 2020, a list identifying Indigenous Community Support Fund allocations to each community and organization is available but does not yet include the additional August 12 funding.
Who this supports
- First Nations communities and organizations, including self-governing and modern treaty nations
- Inuit communities and organizations in Inuit Nunangat
- Métis communities and organizations
- Urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations
For needs-based COVID-19 support funding, applicants are asked to submit their applications no later than November 30, as funding must be disbursed by Indigenous Services Canada by December 31, 2020.
A streamlined review process is in place so that applications are reviewed quickly and efficiently.
Funding will be delivered to successful applicants as soon as possible. Applicants are encouraged to send their applications as needs for additional resources arise, as applications will be assessed for eligibility and prioritized on a case-by-case needs-basis. Applications will continue to be accepted and evaluated until needs-based funding is exhausted.
For formula-based funding allocated directly to First Nation, Inuit and Métis Nation communities, there is no deadline for communities. The funding is flowing through existing agreements, as per amounts identified in the map above.
The $90 million dedicated to Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or First Nations peoples off reserve was allocated through a call for proposals. This process is now closed.
How it works
On-reserve and self-governing First Nations communities are receiving formula-based funding directly from ISC.
The amount provided to each community took into account a base amount per community, the total population residing in community (based on 2016 Census population) and was adjusted for remoteness and Community Well-Being Index scores. Landless bands received $50,000, as their amounts are not able to be adjusted based on population residing in community, remoteness and Community Well-Being Index scores. A landless band is defined as a band with no corresponding land on the Indian Lands Registry System.
Additional funding announced on August 12 followed the same methodology, but the base amount was $25,000 per community.
Landless bands received $50,000, as their amounts are not able to be adjusted based on population residing in community, remoteness and Community Wellbeing Index scores. A landless band is defined as a band with no corresponding land on the Indian Lands Registry System.
Inuit Nunangat Regions received formula-based funding directly from ISC. Distribution of funding among Inuit Regional Corporations was in accordance with the general regional allocation funding formula agreed to by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Board of Directors as set out in Resolution #B20-03-01 of March 23, 2020. This was continued on September 14, 2020 with the allocation of an additional $22.5 million from the Indigenous Community Support fund as noted in Resolution #B20-09-02.
Métis Nation governing members received formula-based funding through existing mechanisms to facilitate funding distribution. A standard model was applied to decide how much each region received, consistent with governing members historical application to federal funding.
Past call for proposals for urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities
Indigenous organizations and communities providing services to Indigenous peoples in urban centres or First Nations peoples off reserve applied for this funding through a call for proposals. This call is now closed and the funding is being distributed. Organizations are now encouraged to apply for needs-based funding through the Indigenous Community Support Fund.
On August 12, 2020, the Government of Canada announced needs-based funding through the Indigenous Community Support Fund. This funding is available, through the following application process, to:
- all First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities and organizations
- Indigenous communities and organizations serving Indigenous peoples, including in those living in urban centres and First Nations living off reserve.
How the fund developed during the pandemic
- March 18, 2020, the Government of Canada announced $305,000,000 for a new, distinctions-based Indigenous Community Support Fund through its COVID-19 Economic Response Plan to address immediate needs in First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities
- May 21, 2020, funding for regional, urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations was increased to $90,000,000 in total
- August 12, 2020, an additional $305,000,000 was announced, increasing the total fund to $685 million. This includes $145,172,639 in distinctions-based allocations, as well as a further $159,827,361 in needs-based COVID-19 support
- October 30, 2020, needs-based funding call for proposals announced
To find out more please contact your regional office.