New Indigenous-led granting opportunity to support local Nations and Indigenous organizations

Eagle Carving by Carey Newman and gifted to the Victoria Foundation.

$300,000 in grant funding is now available to support local Nations and Indigenous organizations in the capital region to continue to build social, cultural, and legal infrastructure.

Funded through a new pilot program created by the Indigenous Granting Advisory with support from the Victoria Foundation, the Indigenous Priorities Fund prioritizes Nations, followed by Indigenous organizations, to support the priorities they have identified within their communities. Organizations that are not Indigenous led but offer Indigenous-serving programs can also apply.

The Indigenous Priorities Fund pilot currently has $300,000 available for granting this Fall 2023. Applications will be accepted online or orally from November 1 to November 30, 2023.

Grant amounts for 2023 are:

  • Up to $25,000 for individual Nations or organizations
  • Up to $50,000 for collaborations

The Indigenous Granting Advisory is made up of Indigenous people living in the capital region. It was formed to develop a granting approach that better reflects Indigenous values and priorities. The Advisory will also lead the application review process and make final funding recommendations to the Victoria Foundation’s Board of Directors. This collaboration builds on the Foundation’s ongoing relationship with Indigenous communities and on the recommendation of the Foundation’s Reconciliation Task Group.

To read more about the Indigenous Priorities Fund please visit: grants-funding/indigenous-priorities-fund/

About the Victoria Foundation:

Established in 1936, the Victoria Foundation is Canada’s second oldest community foundation and the sixth largest of nearly 200 nation-wide. The Victoria Foundation manages charitable gifts from donors whose generosity allows them to create permanent, income-earning funds. The proceeds from these funds are then distributed as grants for charitable or educational purposes. To date the Victoria Foundation has invested over $313 million in people, projects and non-profit organizations that strengthen communities in BC and throughout Canada.


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