Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Individual

The NIB Trust Fund accepts applications for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building. The funds in NIB Trust have been made available through the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and are available to First Nations and Métis citizens and organizations to access through a competitive application process.  There are two funding types – group and individual.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Individual

The NIB Trust Fund accepts applications for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building. The funds in NIB Trust have been made available through the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement and are available to First Nations and Métis citizens and organizations to access through a competitive application process.  There are two funding types – group and individual.

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A: There is a competitive application process to access funding through NIB Trust Fund.  Funding is available to groups and individuals. There is a separate application process for each. The individual application is available online in April of each year, and the organization application is available online in November of each year.

A: Payments from the NIB Trust Fund for education programs for individuals include, but are not limited to:

  • Scholarships, bursaries, or financial assistance for costs associated with attending post-secondary institutions;
  • Financial assistance to individuals to access opportunities in arts, science, or athletics;
  • Funding to applicants that will assist First Nations and Métis with job skills training;
  • Support for research of First Nations and Métis culture, history, and language to inform curriculum development and educate the public;
  • Support to foster personal development by providing access to programs that address harms resulting from Indian Residential schools, including access to counselling, family development and health promotion

Eligible activities include but are not limited to:

  • Universities, colleges, cegep;
  • Trade or training schools;
  • Technical training for career advancement;
  • Programs which promote the preservation, reclamation, development or understanding of First Nations or Métis history, cultures or languages;
  • Cultural education-traditional, ceremony knowledge building;
  • Strengthen education and employment training; or
  • Foster community and personal development, including access to counselling and other programs to heal communities from harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools.

Funds can be disbursed through scholarships, bursaries, and awards and can be used for a variety of educational expenses such as:

  • With respect to traditional education programs, Elder fees, guide fees, equipment, supplies, travel, fuel and other similar incidental costs;
  • Tuition and associated fees;
  • Transportation;
  • Accommodations;
  • Meals; and
  • Other living expenses incidental to the participation in educational programs.

A: Funds will be dispersed to successful individual applicants by way of:

  • Scholarship for post-secondary education;
    • Scholarships are money awards you get for academic performance or other achievements to further your education. You do not need to give the money back.
  • Bursary for training/certification;
    • Bursaries are money awards you get based on your financial needs. You do not need to give the money back.
  • Award for cultural/traditional/language knowledge building
    • Awards are set dollar amounts for individuals who may have overcome significant barriers in their lives which hindered their educational opportunities and who are now pursuing education on a full or part-time basis.

A: Currently individuals can apply for a maximum of up to $20,000. However,  in the 2018-2019 Individual call, the average amount awarded to a successful individual was $3,800.00.

A: Priority is given to former students of residential schools, but all First Nations and Métis over the age of 18, at the time of application, with a valid social insurance number are eligible for funding through a competitive application process.

A: Pursuant to subsection 200(2) of the Income Tax Regulations, every payer of a research grant, scholarship, fellowship, bursary or prize (other than a prescribed prize) is required to report the amount on a T4A Slip, Statement of Pension, Retirement, Annuity and Other Income.

For individuals who receive a scholarship, bursary, or tuition for post secondary education:

All successful applicants who receive a scholarship, bursary, or tuition for education will receive a T4A slip from the NIB Trust.

For all provinces and territories except Quebec, scholarship, bursary and award income is fully exempt from tax when the income is received in connection with a program for which the student will get an education amount tax credit and for which he is enrolled full-time.  The income is not reported on the tax return.

For part-time students who can claim the part-time education amount, the amount of the scholarship, bursary, or tuition that will be exempted will be to cover tuition fees and costs of program-related materials. The Canada Revenue Agency provides a calculator to determine what amount is not exempted and that will need to be reported on line 130 of your personal tax return.

If you are not eligible to claim the education amount, then only the first $500 of awards is tax free.  Amounts received in excess of $500 are reported on line 130 of your personal tax return.

For Quebec students, the amount received will need to be included in the income, but a deduction for the full amount is allowed.  The scholarship, bursary or other financial assistance amount from box O of the RL-1 slip will be reported on Line 154 of the Quebec personal income tax return. It will also be reported on line 295, which deducts the amount from the taxable income.

For individuals who receive an award:

All successful applicants who receive an award will receive a T4A slip from the NIB Trust. Since these amounts are not dedicated for formal education, recipients will be required to include this income on line 130 (Other income) on their personal tax return. For Québec recipients the amount will be included on line 154 (Other income) of the Québec personal income tax return.

The amount will be fully taxable, but no tax will be deducted at source when the award is distributed. The recipients will be required to pay tax when filing their personal income tax return. 

A: All educational activities taking place between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2020 will be considered for funding.

A:  The NIB Trust Fund does not offer funding for personal businesses because it does not fit with the mandate outlined in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement specified for these funds.

A: First Nations or Métis individuals residing outside of Canada are eligible to apply for funding through the NIB Trust Fund provided they have a valid Canadian Social Insurance Number (SIN).

A: No. Personal credit payments and all other formal compensation packages (Common Experience Payment and Independent Assessment Payments) are complete.  The NIB Trust Fund are a separate and new opportunity for former students, First Nations and Métis individuals and organizations to access funding for education programs aimed at healing, reconciliation and knowledge building.

A: NIB Trust Fund anticipates a large number of applications.  In order to ensure an adequate assessment and review of each, the screening and selection process for applications could take approximately six months.

A: Plans are in place to ensure the longevity of the NIB Trust Fund, with the goal of offering funding for First Nations and Métis individuals and organizations through a competitive application process for the next 20 years.

A: Please provide any supporting documentation regarding your change in program (and/or) leave of absence from your planned funded activities. In addition, communicate with our office (1-888-268-0520 ext 0), regarding these changes in order to update your file. Please note, each case will be reviewed on an individual basis regarding any applicability for compassionate consideration .

A: The funds currently available in Trust were identified in the Indian Residential School Settlement Agreement for education programs aimed at healing and reconciliation.  This is not a formal compensation package for former students of Indian residential schools. The Common Experience Payment, Independent Assessment Payment and Personal Education Credits are complete. The funds now in Trust are available to First Nation and Métis individuals, governments and organizations.  Preference will be given to former Indian Residential School students. 

A: Education programs refer to the advancement of an individual’s education and personal development which relate to literacy or trades, as well as programs which relate to the preservation, reclamation, development or understanding of First Nations or Métis history, cultures or languages.

For the purposes of the NIB Trust Fund, educational programs are those provided by education institutions, cultural centers, organizations, communities and individuals/groups, whether short or long-term, informal or formal, or certified or non-certified.

Educational Programs include, but are not limited to, those that:

  1. Strengthen education and employment training;
  2. Promote First Nations and the Métis languages and cultures; or,
  3. Foster community and personal development, including access to counselling and other programs to heal communities from harms caused by the Indian Residential Schools.

A: Assessments of all applications comply with specific principles and guidelines set out by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement and the NIB Trust Fund’s Terms and Conditions and Administrative Plan.

Applications are screened to ensure they’ve been received by deadline and contain all necessary documentation, including eligibility. Only complete applications will be evaluated and forwarded to Trustees for consideration.

Once an application is deemed to be complete it is forwarded to the Selection Committee for assessment and scoring. The Selection Committee makes recommendations to the Trustees on whether applications should be accepted or declined. The applicant will be informed by email or mail of the Board of Trustee’s decision. 

A: Yes.  The group and individual applications are separate processes and will be screened through a competitive process. 

A: Yes. The group and individual applications are separate processes and will be screened through a competitive process.

A: The funds cannot be used to reduce, replace or duplicate existing support available through federal, provincial, territorial or local governments, but may be used to augment and complement this funding.

A: The NIB Trust Fund cannot disburse or distribute funding for the following:

  • Supplementation or compensation of an individual’s Common Experience Payment or Personal Credits amount;
  • Claims for compensation;
  • Legal action;
  • Entrepreneurial activities
  • Capital costs
  • Activities outside the NIB Trust Fund’s objects;
  • Partisan and/or political activities;
  • Payments for past student loans or debts;

A: The Board of Trustees appoints the Selection committee who will review all completed applications and make recommendations to the Board of Trustees on whether an application is approved. The Selection Committee will make its recommendations based on key criteria and priorites determined by both th Board of Trustees and the Selection Committee.

A: Application deadlines are at 5:00 pm EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) on the date stated on the application form.

A: Yes. The appeal process document can be found here. The appeal process does not guarantee funds.  Groups and individuals that/who have not received funding are encouraged to apply again in the next round.

A: This would have to be answered by existing funders.  Funds received by NIB Trust Fund cannot be used to reduce, replace or duplicate existing support available through federal, provincial, territorial or local governments, but may be used to augment and complement this funding.

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All applications must be typed. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

Faxed applications will not be accepted.

Late applications will not be accepted.

Online at https://nibtrust.fluidreview.com

Scholarship and Bursary applications must be completed through the online application system. (https://www.nibtrust.ca/individuals/)

Award applications can be submitted online (available here), email or mail.

Applications must use the 2019-2020 application template- the NIB Trust Fund will not accept previous year’s applications forms.

For more information, please contact the NIB Trust Fund directly.

Toll-free: 1-888-268-0520
Fax: 613-686-6757
Email: info@nibtrust.ca

For more information, please contact the NIB Trust Fund directly.

Toll-free: 1-888-268-0520
Fax: 613-686-6757
Email: info@nibtrust.ca