Actions and Commitments

Call to Action # 20: Health (18-24)

The FNHA Launches Funding Initiative to Support the Urban and Away-from-Home Population

September 20, 2023

NationTalk: One-time funding requests can be made up to $25,000​​

The First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) is excited to introduce the Urban and Away-from-Home (UAH) Funding Initiative.

Grants of up to $25,000 are available to support the Urban and Away-from-Home population in areas of pr​imary care, mental health and wellness, the toxic drug response and/or addressing racism in health and wellness.

Funding can be used to support​ or supplement operations and maintenance funding, capital funding and/or program funding. Consideration will b​​e given to initiatives that have a sustained impact on the UAH population, reach a broad range of First Nations people that live in an urban or away-from-home setting and/or improve the availability, quality and accessibility of health and wellness services for the UAH population.

Eligible recipients

We accept funding applications from BC First Nations communities, First Nations education institutions and health and social organizations that provide services to the UAH population in BC.

Please note that for-profit organizations, Métis Chartered communities and organizations an​d organizations that are not run by First Nations are ineligible for funding.

Funding spotlight: Q’waxsem Place

Q’waxsem Place in Campbell River provides supportive housing, traditional medicines and methods of healing to improve the health and wellness for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

In partnership with Northern Island Medical Clinic, the UAH Funding Initiative (in its internal, pilot phase) provided primary care supplies and equipment for the more than 50 residents of Q’waxsem Place.

How to apply

The deadline to submit an application is Friday October 27, 2023. See full funding criteria or submit an application for funding here.

If you have questions or experience any challenges with the online application form, please send an email to

About the UAH population

The majority of First Nations people in BC live in urban areas or away from home. However, mainstream health services are not always accessible due to systemic, institutional, clinical and individual barriers.

The Urban and Away-from-Home population includes status and non-status First Nations people in BC who live in:

  • a city, urban, rural, remote or isolated area that is not in a First Nations community or on a reserve
  • a reserve that is away from their home community

The FNHA has multiple roles as a service provider, funder, partner and advocate to support the health and wellness of all First Nations people in BC, regardless of where they live or access their health services.

Learn more about the UAH population