Apply for the International Solidarity Fund

CFNU International Solidarity Fund

Are you going abroad to provide humanitarian assistance? You could be eligible for a travel subsidy from the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

CFNU has a long tradition of support for international and Canadian organizations working for social and economic justice and for reconstruction and development. When the CFNU launched its International Solidarity fund over a decade ago, it joined other labour unions which mobilize resources to support initiatives that foster solidarity with the disadvantaged, whether those are disadvantaged by natural disasters or an unfair economic and social order.

The International Solidarity Fund supports worker-to-worker exchanges, provides humanitarian assistance, and strengthens the capacity of workers to advance the right to health care around the world. The deadline to apply for subsidies for travel in 2023 is December 31, 2022. 

UNA International Solidarity Fund

Twice each year, UNA provides a maximum of 10 grants of up to $1,000 to UNA members for the purpose of engaging in missions abroad that provide humanitarian assistance of capacity-building to a host community.

Members must apply through UNA's DMS and selected applicants will be contacted through their email. Successful applicants must confirm receipt of that email by replying within 30 days of its receipt.

Applications must be received prior to travel and can be submitted through UNA's DMS system.

Funds will be disbursed following the submission of a written report to UNA's second vice-president. The report must be submitted within 60 days of completion of the humanitarian work. Selection criteria includes the strength of the application with preference given to first-time recipients.

Important deadlines:

  • Applications are due on December 31 and May 15 of each calendar year.
  • For travel between January 1 and June 30, applications must be received prior to December 31 of the preceding year.
  • For travel July 1 and December 31, applications must be received prior to May 15 of the year in which travel occurs. 

Applications are reviewed by UNA's Membership Committee at the first Executive Board Meeting following each deadline.