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Indigenous Program Funding Criteria

Program Funding Categories

The Indigenous Development Program has developed two funding initiatives to accompany, work and collaborate with Indigenous communities. These categories are:

  1. Strategic Partnerships aim at supporting Indigenous communities / organizations in their efforts to strengthen their communities through initiatives designed to build stronger, healthier and more self-sufficient communities. This category seeks a long-term partnership.
  2. Responsive Programs intend to further enhance partnerships with Indigenous communities by responding timely to funding requests towards solutions to their identified emerging priorities. This category expects project submissions from Indigenous communities / organizations that are qualified donees -charitable registered entities. Some of these projects could be considered pilots for further and longer-term programs. Partners who may have received funding from PWRDF in the past, are welcome to apply with a new proposed initiative

The Responsive Program is a complement to the Strategic Partnerships funding. Both funding initiatives have been designed and implemented as was consulted, envisioned, and planned with, by and for Indigenous communities and organizations over many years. Further recognition and appreciation of relationships built have helped to develop long lasting and good partnerships and good programs. PWRDF has been receiving and working strategically with Canadian Anglicans. Their support and other funding supporters and allies have ensured our commitment in Walking Together in Harmonious Relationship with indigenous communities.

Program Funding Approval Process

PWRDF staff will review all applications and make recommendations to the Management Team, as per our current process of review for project initiatives.

Program Funding Considerations

Since 1997, Indigenous partners have carried out initiatives aimed to strengthen, restore and preserve Indigenous languages, culture and traditional knowledge; for them, their Indigenous languages represent a significant part of the culture, identity and general well-being of individuals, families, and communities. They have also implemented empowerment and self-sufficiency, as well as healing and health programs for women (i.e., maternal and midwifery support, FASD and family violence) and for youth (i.e., skills training, job opportunities and entrepreneurships development, and suicide prevention programs).

Since 2013, we have responded to Indigenous partners’ critical needs and raised concerns about water access and climate change threats. We act and strongly acknowledge, recognize and support the premise of safe water, water for all, water as a human right. Also, we work with partners on strategies to mitigate the impact of climate change.

Responsive Program funding criteria

PWRDF welcomes project applications based on the following considerations:

  • The applicant must be an Indigenous community/organization and have proven support and endorsement of their local Indigenous community leaders, agencies and/or institutions. We will also accept applications from a Diocese of the Anglican Church of Canada working with an Indigenous community/organization.
  • The applicant must ensure the intended beneficiaries were involved in the need identification and project development.
  • The program funding amount limit per applicant is $5,000 to $15,000 for Responsive Programs. There may be opportunities for further funding in subsequent applications consequent to the achievement of results per budget. This would be as per discussion with PWRDF and PWRDF’s own budget availability.
  • The applicant must contribute towards the project implementation with other confirmed funds and/or in-kind committed support to complement funding from PWRDF .
  • PWRDF would consider providing support to areas / sectors as following:
    • Community Health (i.e., programs aimed to foster awareness, educate, deliver and support to the Indigenous community in areas/sectors such as suicide and additions prevention, family violence, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), HIV and AIDS, mental health promotion, traditional caregivers, midwives and doula/birth work support, etc.).
    • Youth Engagement (i.e., initiatives that promote knowledge, expertise, empowerment, self-sufficiency and practice of traditional cultural values, such as youth self-esteem and identity strengthening, leadership and entrepreneurship training and development, revitalization of their culture and language through connections to the land, knowing their history and values, etc.). We affirm partners’ priority on youth’s aspirations for the future.  
    • Climate Action (i.e., programs that assess and promote alternatives, opportunities and development of training and job creation in areas of Indigenous farming, trapping, fishing activities, including dissemination of community findings as response to climate change).
    • Safe Water: (i.e., programs that support work experience and training on maintenance and operation of drinking water infrastructure, including water treatment plant; as well as skills development in installation of water and wastewater systems as part of local strategic initiatives aimed to ensure safe, clean, drinking water in Indigenous communities).
  • Proposed budget and activities need to show clear goals and a time frame (a budget line for each major activity including cost per unit and number of units if applicable), as per the Project Funding Application Form, including expected revenue from all sources: own and others.
  • The applicant must ensure the project aligns and supports the United Nations Declaration on the Rights on Indigenous People, as well as with the with multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The following types of expenses or projects are not eligible:

  • Scholarships, fellowships, dinners or event sponsorships
  • Capital costs relating to purchase, improvement or renovation of any facilities, including land, major equipment and motor vehicles
  • Media campaigns or programs except as part of an overall project
  • Annual fund drives or capital or endowment campaigns
  • Research efforts without direct practical development application
  • Political campaigns and lobbying activities
  • Financing of deficits
  • Activities that have already happened