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Charities for Programs to Benefit Indigenous Communities

NIB Trust Fund Grants

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NIB Trust Fund

Deadline Date:

01/14/22 5:00 PM EST


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Grants to Canada qualified donees and registered charities for initiatives to benefit Indigenous communities. Funding is intended for programming to enhance the quality of life for Métis and First Nations people. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to cultural centers, educational institutions, societies, friendship centers, and First Nations and Métis communities, governments, and organizations.

The 2022-2023 Group/Organization Call for Applications for programs aimed at education, healing and reconciliation, training certification, cultural and traditional knowledge building. The goal of the NIB Trust Fund is to help First Nations, Métis people and communities address the impacts of the Indian residential school's system, and to provide resourcing to create meaningful opportunities that improve the quality of life for First Nations and Métis people.

Applicants can apply for funding to support a wide range of programming such as: 

  • Traditional education programs; back to the land activities, elder and knowledge keeper activities
  • Youth camps
  • Employment training programs
  • Language and curriculum development programs
  • Community radio
  • Leadership and management programs
  • Cultural exchange
  • Mentorship
  • Dramatic art, theater, dance programs
  • Wellness programs
  • Family connection, and kinship programs
  • Healing programs
  • Empowerment programs
  • Online activities, workshops, etc.
  • And more

For eligible expenses, see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200517

Estimated Size of Grant:

• The maximum request for a local/community project is $200,000
• The maximum request for a provincial project or program is $200,000
• The maximum request for a national program is $400,000

Term of Contract:

Applications are fixed for one-year or multi-year terms to a maximum of 5 years. This program commits to activities that take place between April 1, 2022, to March 31, 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The NIB Trust Fund accepts applications from groups and organizations with Qualified Donee status or a charitable number registered with the Canadian Revenue Agency. Groups and organizations may be:
- First Nations and Métis communities
- First Nations and Métis organizations
- Cultural Centres
- Educational Institutions
- Societies, Foundations, Charities, Associations
- Friendship Centers
- And more

To see if your organization is a registered charity please visit:

To check if you are a “qualified donee” and/or apply for “qualified donee” status here:

For ineligible uses of funding, see

Pre-Application Information:

The application opens every year in November and closes in January. All funding decisions will be released by email by March 31st of each year.

Applications must be submitted by January 14, 2022, at 5:00 pm EST. No late applications will be accepted.

NIBTrust will accept multiple applications for different programming from one organization, however, it is not encouraged.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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For support, contact the NIB Trust Fund offices by email:, or by telephone: 1-888-268-0520 Ext. 0.

46 Irene Roundpoint Lane
Akwesasne, ON K6H 0G5

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

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