The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF) is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience.
With the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic, communities across Canada and around the world are facing an unprecedented moment; one that is challenging our collective ability to deliver services that communities depend on. For Indigenous communities and Indigenous-led organizations working to respond to COVID-19 in the context of pre-existing economic and health disparities, the impacts are even more pronounced.
The Fund is governed by an Indigenous Advisory Council that approves all governance, resilience fund projects, communications and fund‐raising strategies and recommendations related to the work of fulfilling the purpose of the IPRF.
Any Indigenous-led organization or Indigenous-serving organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Metis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency funds ranging from $5,000 to $30,000. For examples of eligible projects, see the Applicant Guide.
The Fund is made possible thanks to the contributions of several foundations and funders. Including Donner Canadian Foundation, Edmonton Community Foundation, Frontline Fund, Green Shield Canada, Metcalf Foundation, The Sprott Foundation, Suncor Energy Foundation, Toronto Foundation, Trottier Family Foundation, VanCity Community Investment Bank, Vancity Credit Union, and Vancouver Foundation and several anonymous donors.
We warmly invite others to join us on this journey to advance community resilience for Indigenous Peoples.