Grant Name: Indigenous Community Support Fund





The request process for needs-based support is open and Indigenous communities and organizations can request funding now.

For formula-based funding allocated directly to First Nation, Inuit and Métis Nation communities, there is no deadline or request process. The funding flowed through existing agreements.


The health, safety and well-being of all people in Canada, including First Nations, Inuit and Métis is and will remain a top priority for all.

Canada recognizes that First Nations, Inuit and Métis are among the most at-risk and that during this crisis, in particular, those in remote and fly-in only parts of the country are uniquely vulnerable. Communities are incredibly resilient and full of solutions and innovative ideas. This is why we must support distinctions-based measures to improve public health response for Indigenous communities and provide them with the flexibility they need to address the specific needs identified by communities and their members.

This fund provides Indigenous leadership and organizations with the flexibility needed to design and implement community-based solutions to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. These funds can be used for measures including, but not limited to:

  • support for Elders and vulnerable community members
  • measures to address food insecurity
  • educational and other support for children
  • mental health assistance and emergency response services
  • preparedness measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Although the fund was created to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19, we recommend communities speak with their regional First Nations and Inuit Health Branch contacts, or First Nations Health Authority contacts (in British-Columbia), for the most up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccine distribution and support for the rollout on reserve and in Inuit Nunangat.


  • First Nations communities and organizations, including self-governing and modern treaty nations
  • Inuit communities and organizations in Inuit Nunangat
  • Métis Nation communities and organizations

urban and off-reserve Indigenous communities and organizations

How to Apply?

Needs-based funding

Needs-based funding is currently available through the following request process, to:

  • all First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations
  • Indigenous communities and organizations serving Indigenous peoples, including those living in urban centers and First Nations living off reserve.

First Nations

On-reserve and self-governing First Nations communities received formula-based funding directly from Indigenous Services Canada (ISC).

The amount provided to each community took into account a base amount per community, the total population residing in community (based on 2016 Census population) and was adjusted for remoteness and Community Well-Being Index scores.

Landless bands received $50,000, as their amounts are not able to be adjusted based on population residing in community, remoteness and Community Well-Being Index scores. A landless band is defined as a band with no corresponding land on the Indian Lands Registry System.

Additional funding announced on August 12, 2020, November 30, 2020 and April 19, 2021 followed the same methodology, but the base amount was $25,000 per community.


Inuit Nunangat regions received formula-based funding directly from ISC. Distribution of all funding among the Inuit land claims and representative organizations of Inuit Nunangat was in accordance with the general regional allocation funding formula determined by the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Board of Directors.

Métis Nation

Métis Nation governing members received formula-based funding through existing mechanisms to facilitate funding distribution. A standard model was applied to decide how much each region received, consistent with governing members historical application to federal funding.

Urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities

Approximately $235 million was allocated in 2020-2021 to Indigenous organizations serving urban Indigenous peoples and First Nations living off reserve.

$150 million of the funding proposed on April 19, 2021 is supporting urban and off-reserve Indigenous organizations and communities. These funds are available through the needs-based funding request process.

Funding Amount


Contact Information

To find out more please contact your regional office.




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