Learn how to use apply as a group or organization, how funding decisions are made, restrictions on funding and other questions.
There is a competitive application process to access funding through NIB Trust Fund. Funding is available to groups and individuals. There is a separate application process for each. The Individual application is available online in April of each year, and the Organization application is available online in November of each year.
Groups require specific designations by Canada Revenue Agency:
“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
Eligible expenses for group applicants include:
Successful funding for groups will be dispersed through:
Currently provincial, regional and community groups can apply for up to $200,000. National groups can apply for up to $400,000.
NIB Trust Fund receives 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. Group funding decisions are usually released end of March, individual finding decisions are usually released at the end of September.
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 organizations through a competitive application process for the next 20 years.
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 Indian Residential School students.
Yes. The group and individual applications are separate processes and will be screened separately through a competitive process.
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. The funds cannot be used to pay debts.
The NIB Trust Fund cannot disburse or distribute funding for the following:
Assessments of all applications comply with specific principles, key criteria, priorities, and guidelines set out by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement, Administration Plan and the NIB Trust Fund. The Board of Trustees appoints the Selection committee who will review all complete applications and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees for funding.
Applications are screened to ensure they’ve been received by the deadline and contain all requested documentation. Only complete applications will be evaluated and forwarded to the Trustees for consideration.
Assessment of all applications comply with specific principles and guidelines set out by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the NIB Trust Fund’s Terms and Conditions and Administration Plan.
Applications are screened to ensure they’ve been received by deadline and contain all necessary documentation, including eligibility. Only complete applications will be evaluated and forwarded to the Trustees for consideration.
Once an application is deemed to be complete it is forwarded to the Selection Committee for assessment and scoring. The Selection Committee makes recommendations to the Trustees on whether applications should be accepted or declined. The applicant will be informed by email or mail of the Board of Trustee’s decision.
Application deadlines are at 5:00 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on the date stated on the application form.
Education programs refer to the advancement of an individual’s education and personal development which relate to literacy or trades, as well as programs that 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 centers, 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 counseling and other programs to heal communities from harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools.
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.
The maximum amount payable for National Programs is $400,000 annually. The maximum amount payable for regional or local programs is $200, 000 annually.
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.
Local/ Community Programs
Only online at https://nibtrust-apply.smapply.io
Faxed, email, posted applications will not be accepted. The application must be completed online.
Yes, the NIB Trust Fund Call for Applications from Groups/Organizations is accessible to non-Indigenous groups/organization if the programming is intended for First Nations and Métis individuals.
No, the applicant must have confirmed Qualified Donee status at time of application
Yes, the partner organization must have charitable status or Qualified Donee status at the time of application and will become the grantee
Acceptable documents can include a Statement of Income or Statement of Cash Flows, anything that showcases the financial capacity of the organization that is either the Registered Charity or Qualified Donee.
Yes. However, it is not encouraged. Organizations who are submitting for different programs are in competition with each other.
No. The NIB Trust Fund application is only available to view once the application opens. The application opens every year in November and closes in January.
View our new How To Apply Toolkit! The toolkit will help applicants understand the format of the application, provide insightful tips, and provide group applicants with a general outline of what to expect when applying to the NIB Trust Fund 2022-2023 Call for Applications.