The National Indigenous Collaborative Housing Inc. (NICHI) will provide financial resources to support “For Indigenous, by Indigenous” (FIBI) housing solutions for urban, rural, and northern Indigenous Peoples.
NICHI is prioritizing housing as a human right and has set a goal to achieve a national urban, rural and northern (URN) Indigenous Housing Strategy that is not only fully Indigenous led but advocates holistic, serviced-based community housing that empowers Indigenous communities.
The 281.5 million is to address the critical need for safe, adequate and affordable urban, rural and northern Indigenous housing projects across Canada. This application process will look to identify and select projects that address in a fair and equitable way the urgent and unmet housing needs of Indigenous Peoples living away from their home community.
This fund has two main streams of financial support:
- Capacity & Organizational Development: Up to $1 million targeted to project development, on the ground assistance, operational shortfalls and other project development requirements such as modernization and improvement needed to ensure project success/continuity.
- Capital Development: Project Funding requirements in excess of $1 million up to $10 million needed to bridge or leverage funding for large scale projects, undertake major renovations, new builds or other similar major capital requirements.
This fund is available to organizations working in the community housing sector across Canada:
- Indigenous-led organizations in urban, rural and northern areas of Canada. We define Indigenous-led organizations as:
- Board and Executive leadership is over 50% Indigenous.
- Organization serves one or all of the three distinct Indigenous populations in your community or region, i.e. First Nation, Inuit or Métis.
- Expressed ability by the Organization to address urgent and unmet need.
Who provide at least one of the following:
- Supportive Services
- Transitional/ Supportive Housing
- Non-market Housing
- Affordable Housing
Expressions of Need