COVID-19 Relief Funding for First Nations and First Nation Businesses
The purpose of this webinar will be to present information regarding Indigenous Service Canada's COVID-19 relief programs in BC Region. We will be going over eligibility, application process, funding levels, and further program details.
August 10, 2021 from 11:00am-12:00pm
Join us for 30 minutes of presentations followed by a Q&A period.
Indigenous Community Business Fund (ICBF)
The ICBF program is providing non-repayable funding to help support First Nations, Inuit and Metis community or collectively-owned businesses and microbusinesses whose revenues have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses can apply for funding to support operational losses, debt servicing and adaptation costs.
Stephanie Stewart - ICBF Lead Officer at Indigenous Services Canada, BC Region
Own Source Revenue in Indigenous Communities Initiative (OSRICI)
The OSRICI is a funding initiative providing a one-time special economic response to support First Nations that have experienced a decline in their ability to provide core community programs and important services due to a loss in own-sourced revenue (OSR) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tyler Fong - OSR Lead Officer at Indigenous Services Canada, BC Region
Indigenous Community Support Fund (ICSF)
The ICSF program provides funding to help support First Nations, Inuit and Metis organizations to design and implement community-based solutions to prevent, prepare and respond to the spread of COVID-19 within their communities. In June 2021, $26.3 million was provided in direct allocations to First Nations (including Block, New Fiscal Relationship (NFR) Grant and Self-Governing Nations). An additional $26.3 million in direct allocation will be provided in September 2021. First Nations are eligible to apply for additional funding, if your community’s needs exceed the ICSF direct allocation provided (on and off reserve).
Vern Bob – Acting Manager for Funding Services at Indigenous Services Canada, BC Region
Delyla Daniels – OSRICI Specialist at First Nations Tax Commission
Jesse James – OSRICI Specialist at First Nations Tax Commission
Won Lee - Manager, Standards and Certification at First Nations Financial Management Board
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October 6, 2021 - October 7, 2021 All day
We will be offering 5 Budgeting Workshops across the province this year. The cost of the workshop will be $495, this will include lunch and snacks on both days. To register, choose the location you would like to attend below.
As part of the Budgeting Workshop you will get the chance to create a budget relevant to you, using your own data. This workshop is intended to be hands on – creating a budget that you will be able to use as a starting point for your actual work situation.
Given the time restraints of the workshop it is suggested that you only do one or two programs in a department and the budget chosen should have between 24-40 items to calculate.
If you do not have the required information to work on your own budget or have privacy concerns, you will be given a case study to read and work with to practice the budgeting skills being presented.
In order to work with your own budget, you will need to ensure you have the following data for the workshop:
- 2 or 3 years of past departmental revenue and expenditures statements for the department/program you wish to create a budget for
- An understanding of what outcomes or services were provided in the past 2 or 3 years
- An understanding of what the outcomes or services to be provided in the year you are budgeting for
- An understanding of minimal accepted level of services and what is optimal
- An understanding of any major changes in operations that will occur in the budget year
You will also need to bring your own individual laptop with Excel installed.