In 2021, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops announced its intention to create the Indigenous Reconciliation Fund. This fund further demonstrates the Catholic Church's commitment to Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples on Turtle Island - and provides financial support for community-driven projects that promote healing, reconciliation, and lasting change for First Nations, Metis, and Inuit peoples. The IRF is a national project, with input at the local Diocesan level.
The Diocese of Hamilton will be welcoming applications for a second round of funding between October 1-31, 2023 that fit one or more of the areas below. Download the infographic (PDF). Please apply using the application form, or via fillable PDF.
Applicants should hear a response by November 30th, 2023. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office of Justice and Peace with any questions about the application process.
Project outcomes are clearly tied to providing healing support for communities and families related to the legacy of residential schools and/or racism and systemic discrimination.
Project outcomes are clearly tied to promoting knowledge and understanding of Indigenous cultures and languages.
Project outcomes are clearly tied to promoting dialogue and understanding of Indigenous spirituality and culture with elders, spiritual leaders, and youth.
Project outcomes are clearly tied to education and community-building within Indigenous communities and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.
Applications will be reviewed by an advisory council that makes recommendations for approvals. Evaluation criteria include:
Collaboration and innovation is encouraged through this fund. Applications must be submitted by a nonprofit, registered charitable organization. The second round of applications will be opening soon.
The Diocese of Hamilton encompasses the regions of Hamilton, Halton, Waterloo, Wellington, Brant, and Bruce-Grey.