FIRE Grants Are Now Open!

Read the complete grant guidelines and send us your pitch by May 30, 2021 at 4:00 PM!

To encourage applications, we have launched a virtual Lunch N’ Learn series with FIRE staff Pehbahmegahmegohk and Rob Houle to explore key subject areas that support Indigenous Self-Determination, Reconciliation, and Resurgence of Indigenous Culture. Register here or email to attend one of the upcoming sessions. We are also offering a virtual Open House on May 1 at 1:00 PM. Join the Open House to learn about our program and our unique approach to mentoring applicants toward becoming successful grant recipients, as well as how we seek to address information gaps regarding the significance of Indigenous cultural resurgence and position Edmontonians as better allies in the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

Upcoming Virtual Sessions

Virtual Encore Evening Session (Intro to Self-Determination) – May 17, 2021 5:00 PM

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 862 4724 0341; Passcode: FIRE

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to participate in one of these free sessions to help create your application for FIRE funding in a good way.

About EHC’s New FIRE Initiative

FIRE (Funding Indigenous Resurgence in Edmonton), an initiative of Edmonton Heritage Council, is designed to reignite First Nations, Métis, and Inuit traditional practices and protocols in connection to our lived heritage.

FIRE is a unique grant opportunity that assists all applicants in building their capacity to apply for other grants through the process of applying for and receiving FIRE funding.

We will fund ideas from applicants looking to work with organizations and communities in and around Edmonton. This will help successful projects new relationships form.

If your project has an artistic component, we are interested in that as well and would love to involve our partners over at the Edmonton Arts Council who have expressed interest in collaborating with us. Indigenous cultures are central to the heritage of Edmonton and we look forward to assisting in the resurgence of these cultures and being allies in self-determination. Email us at if you have any questions. We would love to talk to you!

FIRE Funding Application Process

1) The first step to receive support for your program, event, structure, or community engagement idea is to submit your pitch (or idea) directly to

2) If your pitch meets the requirements, we will contact you to discuss FIRE in depth, gather more information about your idea and potential partners, and suggest any relevant materials we have available to support you through the application process and ensure the best possible outcome.

3) Finally, if your idea is chosen, you will receive funding and promotion for your project or idea. If your project or idea is not chosen, you can expect to receive feedback on how to improve it for the future.

Please find the complete grant guidelines at

The Beacon Newsletter

Subscribe here for FIRE’s monthly e-newsletter, The Beacon, with information on Indigenous resources, funding, and collaboration opportunities. Catch up on the first issue (April 2021) here.

Coming Soon

With the upcoming launch of the FIRE website, we’ll feature video introductions to the FIRE staff team as well as an integrated grants portal including grant guidelines and other related materials.