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The NIB Trust Fund accepts applications for funding for programs aimed at education, healing and reconciliation, and cultural 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.

How to Apply

Applications are Open!

Individual Applications

The NIB Trust Fund is accepting applications from First Nation and Métis individuals to support education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building.

All First Nations and Métis citizens over the age of 18 and with a valid social insurance number are eligible for funding through a competitive application process.  Priority will be given to former students of residential schools and their family members .

 Application Process:

  • Scholarship for post-secondary education
    Only online applications will be accepted
  • Bursary for training/certification
    Only online applications will be accepted
  • Award for cultural/traditional/language knowledge building
    We will accept online applications, or you can download the application form and send it by email or mail. 

    Please note:  We will not accept handwritten applications or applications sent by fax.


Applications for individuals opens in April and closes in early June.

Group Applications

The Call for Groups/Organizations Applications is currently closed.

We are no longer accepting Group/Organization Applications as the deadline was November 20, 2019, 5:00PM EST (Eastern Standard Time). The next call for Groups/Organization Applications will be available in November 2020.

Please contact the NIB Trust Fund to find out if your program is eligible.

Group Applications are Closed

Applications for groups open in November and close in early January.
Only complete applications will move forward to the Selection Committee for consideration. The NIB Trust Fund application is a competition-based application. The funds from the NIB Trust Fund are not guaranteed upon application, the process is highly competitive and not all applicants will receive funding.