FNHA: The 2022 Winter Wellness Grants Are Now Open!

Press Release

​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:

Deadline to submit an application is Friday, Dec. 3, 2021 at 4 p.m​.

There are three ways to submit an application:

1. Complete the online application form (preferred method)

2. Complete the application form and email to active@fnha.ca

3. Complete the application form and fax to 604-666-3867 – it is your responsibility to confirm the application has been received by calling (250) 833-8354

For more information, please email active@fnha.ca.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can apply for the Wellness Grants?

The funding applications for a Community Wellness Grant must be received from: (1) a First Nations Community/Band/Village Council.  (2) an organization or agency that services Indigenous People and is a registered society, or (3) a school or educational institution.

2. Can an Individual apply for a grant?

No. The funds cannot be distributed to an individual. The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) encourages people with an idea or concept to match and connect with a group that meets the criteria described in question one.

For example: if you are a certified yoga instructor who wants to provide online courses, this may be an opportunity to work with a local school or First Nations community.

3. When can the event or initiative take place?

The FNHA recommends the event or initiative take place between Jan. 1 and Feb. 25, 2022. If there are goals outside this timeframe, please contact Wellness@fnha.ca.

4. Can I use the funds for an Elder Honourarium?

Yes. The funds can be used to provide an honourarium to an Elder for their services. Funds may not be used for the following: (1) the purchase of alcohol, (2) the purchase of concession items, (3) prize money, or (4) illegal purchases. The grant funds may be used for other forms of prizes, including gift cards.

5. Who can I contact for more help or to answer other questions?

Team members are available during regular business hours by phone or email.

If you have any questions, please email ac​tive@fnha.ca.

If you would like to speak to a team member by phone, call (250) 833-8354​


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