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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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The NIB Trust Fund is accepting applications for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building. The funds in NIB Trust have been made available through the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and are available to First Nations and Métis citizens and organizations to access through a competitive application process.  There are two funding types – group and individual.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Groups

The NIB Trust Fund is accepting applications for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building. The funds in NIB Trust have been made available through the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and are available to First Nations and Métis citizens and organizations to access through a competitive application process.  There are two funding types – group and individual.

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A: There is a competitive application process to access funding through NIB Trust.  Funding is available to groups and individuals. There is a separate application process for each.

  1. “Groups”are any First Nation and/or Métis governments and/or communities listed as a “qualified donee” with Canada Revenue Agency at the time of application; OR First Nation and/or Metis non-profit organizations or societies listed as a “qualified donee” with the Canada Revenue Agency at the time of application. This includes other organizations that provide educational programs to First Nation and/or Métis individuals.

Groups require specific designations by Canada Revenue Agency:

  • In order for an organization (university, college, or other incorporated entities) to be eligible for funding through NIB Trust, it must have charitable status as acknowledged by Canada Revenue Agency at the time of application.  Provincial designations of charitable status are not acceptable – it must be recognized federally.  To see if your organization is a registered charity please visit:  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/lstngs/menu-eng.html
  • In order for a First Nation, Tribal Council, PTO to be eligible for NIB Trust funding, it must have “qualified donee” status as recognized by Canada Revenue Agency at the time of application. If your group is not on “The List of Municipalities or Public Bodies Performing a Function of Government in Canada” you are not eligible.  You can check to see if you are a “qualified donee” and/or apply for “qualified donee” status here:  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/qlfd-dns/menu-eng.html

 

A: “Qualified donee” status is recognized by Canada Revenue Agency – a process that may take 3 to 8 months to obtain; depending on what status your organization/First Nation is applying for.  By federal law, charitable foundations in Canada are only permitted to make grants to qualified donees.  Historically, there was no need to apply for this special status but the rules have recently changed.  If a First Nation or Aboriginal organization needs qualified donee status, it must make an application to CRA and have its name added to a list.  With qualified donee status, an organization can receive grants from other charities/foundations in Canada to support programming. Qualified donees can also issue official donation receipts for gifts they receive from individuals or corporations.

Please refer to Canada Revenue Agency’s web site for specifics on charities and whether or not you are a “qualified donee”: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/chrts-gvng/menu-eng.html

A: Eligible expenses for group applicants include:

  • With respect to traditional education programs, Elder fees, guide fees, equipment, supplies, travel, fuel and other similar incidental costs;
  • Instructional delivery wages and mandatory employment related costs;
  • Tuition and associated fees;
  • Purchase/development of course materials and supplies;
  • Adaption of current course material to add First Nation/Métis content;
  • Clothing specific to the training requirements (uniforms, steel toed boots, raingear, etc.);
  • Transportation;
  • Accommodations and Meals;
  • Daycare; and,
  • Other living expenses incidental to the participation in educational programs.

A: Successful funding for groups will be dispersed through:

  • Grants: a grant is a non-repayable fund to a recipient. Grants are made to fund a specific project or targeted research. Grants may require some level of compliance and reporting.
  • Sponsorships: The NIB Trust may assist community organizations to provide sponsorship to individuals to attend educational and career programs so young people from their local communities have opportunities to purse college, university and career success.

A: Currently regional, provincial, local, and community groups can apply for up to $200,000 per year. National groups can apply for up to $400,000.

A: Yes. Applications are fixed for one year terms or multi-year to a maximum of five years. Each successful organization is limited to two agreements within a ten year period.

A: NIB Trust Fund anticipates a large number of applications.  In order to ensure an adequate assessment and review of each, the screening and selection process for applications could take approximately four months.

A: Plans are in place to ensure the longevity of the NIB Trust Fund, with the goal of offering funding for First Nations and Métis individuals and organization through a competitive application process for the next 20 years.  

A: The funds currently available in Trust were identified in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement for education programs aimed at healing and reconciliation.  This is not a formal compensation package for former students of Indian residential schools. The Common Experience Payment, Independent Assessment Payment and Personal Education Credits are complete. The funds now in Trust are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations.  Preference will be given to former students. 

A: Education programs refer to the advancement of an individual’s education and personal development which relate to literacy or trades, as well as programs which relate to the preservation, reclamation, development or understanding of First Nations or Métis history, cultures or languages.

For the purposes of the NIB Trust Fund, educational programs are those provided by education institutions, cultural centres, organizations, communities and individuals/groups, whether short or long-term, informal or formal, or certified or non-certified.

Educational Programs include, but are not limited to, those that:

  1. Strengthen education and employment training;
  2. Promote First Nations and the Métis languages and cultures; or,
  3. Foster community and personal development, including access to counselling and other programs to heal communities from harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools.

A: Assessments of all applications comply with specific principles and guidelines set out by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the NIB Trust Fund. Applications are screened to ensure they’ve been received by deadline and contain all necessary documentation, including eligibility. Only completed applications will be evaluated and forwarded to the Selection Committee for consideration.

Upon receipt of applications the NIB Trust Fund will verify that all appropriate documentation is included and if deemed complete will be forwarded to the Selection Committee for assessment and scoring. The Selection Committee shall make recommendations to the Trustees on whether or not applications should be accepted or declined. After a reasonable period of time, the applicant will be informed of the committee’s decision.

A: Yes.  The application will be screened along with other applicants in the competitive process.

A: Yes. The application will be screened along with other applicants in the competitive process.

A: The funds cannot be used to reduce, replace or duplicate existing support available through federal, provincial, territorial or local governments, but may be used to augment and complement this funding.

A: The NIB Trust Fund cannot disburse or distribute funding for the following:

  • Supplementation or compensation of an individual’s Common Experience Payment or Personal Credits amount;
  • Claims for compensation;
  • Legal action;
  • Entrepreneurial activities
  • Capital costs
  • Activities outside the NIB Trust Fund’s objects;
  • Partisan and/or political activities;
  • Payments for past student loans or debts; or
  • Programs for unqualified applicants.

A: There is an administration plan consistent with the Settlement Agreement that has been approved by the courts. The NIB Trustees will review, evaluate and make final decisions on applications.  Distribution of funds by the NIB Trust will comply with all applicable laws regarding trusts, charities and tax. 

A: Application deadlines are at 5:00 pm EST (Eastern Standard Time) on the date stated on the application form.

A: Yes. The appeal process document can be found here.  The appeal process does not guarantee funds.  Groups and individuals that/who have not received funding are encouraged to apply again in the next round. 

A: This would have to be answered by existing funders.  Funds received by NIB Trust cannot be used to reduce, replace or duplicate existing support available through federal, provincial, territorial or local governments, but may be used to augment and complement this funding.

A: National Programs

National Education Programs are programs that have a cross Canada scope.  All programs must promote an education program for First Nations and Metis Citizens on a national level.

A national program may be funded for a combined maximum period of up to 5 yrs. The maximum amount payable for National Programs is $400 000 annually. The program activities will require annual proposals, budgets, and reports.

Regional Programs

Regional Education Programs are programs that have a Provincial scope. All organizations must promote  an education program for First Nations and Metis Citizens on a provincial level. 

A regional program may be funded for a combined maximum period of up to 5 yrs. The maximum amount payable for regional programs is $200 000 annually. The program activities will require annual proposals, budgets, and reports. 

Local/ Community Programs

Local/Community Education Programs are programs that have a local community scope. All organizations must promote a local education program for First Nations and Metis Citizens.

A local/community program may be funded for a single year or a combined maximum for up to 5 yrs. The maximum amount for local/community programs is $200 000 annually.

A: Only on-line at www.nibtrust.fluidreview.com

Faxed, email, posted applications will not be accepted. The application must be completed on-line.

For more information, requirements
and eligibility contact us
.

Toll-free: 1-888-268-0520
Fax: 613-686-6757
Email: info@nibtrust.ca

For more information, requirements
and eligibility contact us
.

Toll-free: 1-888-268-0520
Fax: 613-686-6757
Email: info@nibtrust.ca