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Grants to British Columbia First Nation Bands and Schools to Promote Science or Health Careers for First Nation Students

First Nations Health and Science Related Career Promotion (FNHSCP) Initiative

First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) and First Nations Health Authority (FNSA)


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #163553

Grant Description

Grants of up to $5,000 to British Columbia First Nation bands and schools for projects that promote careers related to science and health in First Nation communities. Funding is intended for a range of activities and opportunities, including workshops, tutoring, field trips, guest speakers, and mentorship projects.

Objectives

  • To promote, amongst participating First Nation students, a greater awareness of and interest in careers related to health and sciences.
  • To empower students to take a proactive approach to planning a career path by increasing their understanding of the benefits of education as a key to labor market participation and by providing information about health and science careers.
  • To assist students in developing a better understanding of the academic and practical milestones that need to be met in order to access a range of careers in the health and science fields, including post-secondary prerequisites, K-12 course planning materials, and admissions requirements.
  • To encourage First Nation students to have a positive perspective on continuing their education, particularly in health and science programs.

Applicants are encouraged to design project activities that are appropriate for each community. Suggested eligible project activities include:

  • Opportunities designed to help students explore and prepare for health and science careers;
  • Tutoring and homework clubs to promote higher levels of student achievement in courses required for post-secondary acceptance;
  • Initiatives to inform parents about health and science-related careers and educational opportunities;
  • Workshops for students to promote health and science-related career planning;
  • Relevant field trips, science camps, and sponsored attendance at health and science-related career fairs;
  • Hosting of role model(s) or other guest speakers who can share information about health and science careers; and
  • Visits to and opportunities to explore post-secondary institutes that offer health and science programs. 
  • Mentorship or job shadowing activities to share and learn of potential health and science-related career offered;
  • Other activities related to the promotion of health and science.

Exploration and Results to Consider:

  • Exploring careers and occupations in First Nation health and sciences.
  • Training and qualification requirements for careers in health and sciences.
  • Exploring post-secondary institutes, including Aboriginal-controlled post-secondary institutes that offer health and science programs.
  • Understanding types of education and program pre-requisite qualifications, application, and registration procedures.
  • Transitions from high school to post-secondary education.
  • Connecting with a post-secondary counselor/advisor and/or role models.
  • Accessing educational scholarships and bursaries.

For a list of possible health careers to explore, see: http://www.fnesc.ca/wp/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/1.-22-23-Health-and-Science-Guidelines.pdf#page=4

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

First Nation bands and schools throughout BC may apply.

Ineligible:

Ineligible Costs:
- Office infrastructure or equipment purchases (e.g. computers tools, and software); and
- Capital costs for construction of a building (other than small repairs or renovations to support the participation of persons with disabilities), or the purchase of land or buildings.

Ineligible costs are also those related to any activities other than those outlined above spending on these items may result in a reduction or termination of funding.

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit completed proposals by Monday, December 5, 2022.

A written response will be sent to all applicants to confirm funding decisions.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$240,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed by Monday, May 22, 2023.

Contact Information:

Submit proposals to soniao@fnesc.ca or by fax to 604-925-6097.

Direct questions to Sonia Okogbaa, Programs Officer, at the email address above or call 604-925-6087.

First Nations Education Steering Committee
100 Park Royal South, Suite 113
West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
programs@fnesc.ca

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