COVID-19 Support Funding Program Applications Now Open

Applications are now open for some of the COVID-19 funding programs at www.mnbc.ca/COVID. Our new Cabinet approved additional COVID-19 response programs after the success of similar programs during the first wave of COVID-19 in the spring. In anticipation of a second wave, MNBC formed a COVID-19 Response Committee with staff representatives from across all ministries and departments. They were instructed to submit a coordinated recommendation for review by the Cabinet on the best use of available funding to support Métis in B.C. who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funding was provided by the Government of Canada through the Indigenous Community Support Fund.

With the second wave of COVID-19 officially upon us, the new funding programs are needed more than ever.

“These programs and supports meet the right balance of addressing some of the needs of our Métis communities, individuals and businesses,” said President Clara Morin Dal Col about the new funding streams.

Applications are now open at www.mnbc.ca/COVID for the following programs. Keep checking back to see more applications opening for other programs in the near future.

Education Technology Grant

Financial assistance of $500 as an Education Technology Support Grant to 400 qualified Métis families with school aged children to purchase items like laptops and desktops.

Housing Supports

The Ministry of Housing and Homelessness is offering three COVID-19 support programs: the COVID-19 Rent Supplement, the COVID-19 Utility Supplement and the COVID-19 Emergency Shelter Support Fund. More details and eligibility criteria can be found at www.mnbc.ca/COVID.

Post-Secondary Education Grant

A one-time financial support grant of $1,000 for Métis currently enrolled in a post-secondary program is offered by MNBC’s Ministry of Employment and Training.

Details on remaining funding programs still to come.