External Funding Opportunities

Funding Awards for Indigenous Post-Secondary Students in British Columbia (click to view our PDF document)

Pages 1-9 cover BC NEIHR Funding Opportunities. Pages 10-14 list External Post-Secondary Awards available. 

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ICCO* Funding Opportunities across British Columbia

*Indigenous communities, collectives and organizations.


The BC NEIHR spans across all 198 First Nations, 39 Métis chartered communities, 25 Friendship Centres, and many other ICCOs in British Columbia. ICCOs who are registered with our network (to register click here) are welcomed into an Indigenous-led and governed network community. 

We have five (5) Indigenous Health Research Facilitators (IHRFs) by region to support ICCO research development and knowledge sharing. The IHRFs are based in the following regions of BC: Vancouver; Fraser Valley; Northern Region; Interior Region and Vancouver Island. For every ICCO in BC there is an Indigenous Health Research Facilitator who is prepared and ready to support you in your funding application process. While the BC NEIHR hosts many funding opportunities, we recognize the systemic barriers in place for Indigenous communities to gain and access funding for their specific needs. This page hosts many funding opportunities for your Indigenous community, collective and/or organization (ICCO) in which our support network can help you with every step of the way.

You are not alone in this process.

Reach out to the IHRF in your region and they will be ready to help you with whatever questions and support that you may need. This can range from writing support, editing, Q&A, phone/zoom consultation, and/or anything else that may require support.

We support you, we hear you and we are here to help.

  • ZOE VERLAAN (VANCOUVER/FRASER VALLEY) Political Collectives; Indigenous Feminism & Queer Theory; Solidarity. Email: zverlaan@uvic.ca Phone Number: (905)-392-6458
  • LAURA MCNAB-COOMBS (NORTHERN/INTERIOR REGIONS) Indigenous Health; Decolonizing HealthCare; Indigenous Methodologies. Email: lauramcnabcoombs@uvic.ca Phone Number: (905)-392-6458
  • JIMENA GARCIA (VANCOUVER ISLAND) Indigenous Medicine; Leadership For Change, Cross-Cultural Communication. Email: jimenachalchi@uvic.ca Phone Number: (250)-588-8531

The funding opportunities listed below are sorted by category.

However, all ICCO requests are unique and complex in their own way. It is highly encouraged to read through every category. A lot of these opportunities can be fitted into your unique request. Keep an open mind when scrolling through, nothing needs to be set in stone, and your IHRF is here to work with you and the funding organization to ask questions and mediate on your behalf.

For example, a Food Sovereignty project to build a Smokehouse, could also technically be classified sometimes as an ‘Arts & Culture grant and/or Community Health Research. Many of these funding opportunities may not be Indigenous-led and therefore may not understand the interwoven approach many Indigenous communities take. Whatever the case may be, read the description, and your IHRF will help navigate the rest.



This section includes community ‘health’ grant applications. This can mean anything from cultural revitalization and mental health to general categories around community resilience.

Arts, Culture & Other


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