Funding and Grants Opportunities

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These are some funding and grant opportunities from several federal and provincial governments and other external agencies:

Indigenous Priorities Grant. Opens November 15, 2021. Closes November 29, 2021. Flexible one-time grants up to $50,000 for Indigenous-led organizations to support initiatives that encourage community inclusiveness, belonging, and healing. The IPGP is part of Vancouver Foundation’s commitment to Indigenous priorities. IPGP is an Indigenous-led initiative to surface and address critical funding and capacity needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples.

Digital Access to Heritage – Museums Assistance Program (Federal Government). Deadline November 1, 2021 and March 1, 2022. The Digital Access to Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) provides funding to heritage organizations to digitize collections, develop digital content and build their capacity in these areas. To obtain application forms, please contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Indigenous Screen Office – new funding programs open now.

  • Development Grant – Deadline November 8, 2021
  • Production Grant – Deadline November 15, 2021.
  • ISO/Netflix Indigenous Production Apprenticeships and Cultural Mentorships Grant – Deadline November 29, 2021
  • Sector Development Partnerships Grants – Accepting applications year round
  • Enhancements Grants for Feature Film Grants & Television Series – Applications accepted year round

Mentor-Apprentice Program. Deadline November 17, 2021. The Mentor-Apprentice Program supports one-on-one learning between an adult learner (16 years of age and older) and a fluent speaker. This program is intended for B.C. First Nations individuals learning one of the 34 First Nations languages in B.C. You do not need to be living in your community (on reserve) to be eligible to participate, but you must be living in B.C. The Mentor-Apprentice Program is now offering two program types to better suit different types of language learners. Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP) – Intensive – This option is intended for language learners who want to actively pass on the language to others, most often through a career as a language educator. MAP participants complete 300 hours of language immersion with a fluent speaker over approximately nine months. Mentor-Apprentice Program: Connections (MAPC) – Flexible – MAPC is for language learners who want to strengthen their connection to their language and who want greater flexibility and minimal reporting requirements. MAPC participants complete 100 hours of language immersion with a fluent speaker over approximately six months. The project term for Map Connections is June 1 – Dec. 15, 2022. To register email: map@fpcc.ca

Museum Assistance Program (Federal Government). Deadline November 29, 2021. The Museum Assistance Program is now accepting applications for assistance with ongoing operating costs through the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations. This assistance will help heritage organizations that have felt the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen and safely welcome back visitors. To be eligible for funding, your organization must be: a not-for-profit organization such as a museum, an archive, or a historic site (including those that operate seasonally and those without full-time staff); an Indigenous organization or official language minority community organization; or, a municipal or university museum with a distinct budget. To be eligible, applicants must also: manage a heritage collection, provide public access through regular hours of operation (including on a part-time or seasonal basis); and, have had annual expenses in 2019 (or your last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year) between $2,000 and $3,000,000. High volume of applications expected. Funding amounts will range from $1,000 to a maximum of $100,000. The amount will be determined by a formula based on your 2019 expenses (or last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year), as supported by financial statements. Applicants are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited.

Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations – Museums Assistance Program. Deadline November 29, 2021. The Government of Canada is implementing the Reopening Fund for Heritage Organizations to help enable the reopening of the heritage sector by supporting organizations that deliver in-person experiences or events, such as museums. Funding will also ensure that heritage institutions are able to contribute to the resilience of their communities as Canada recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. The financial assistance provided under the Reopening Fund may be used to support business operations and activities that allow for the continuous care of heritage collections during the recovery and reopening period. Funding amounts will range from $1,000 to a maximum of $100,000. The amount will be determined by a formula based on your 2019 expenses (or last completed pre-pandemic fiscal year), as supported by financial statements.

Community Gaming Grants – Human and Social Services. Deadline November 31, 2020. Organizations within this sector deliver programs that improve the quality of life in a community by supporting the wellbeing of children, youth, families and/or seniors; by addressing equality issues (e.g. gender, LGBTQ2S+, race, etc.); by addressing the unmet needs of under-served groups; or, by providing public outreach and education regarding important social issues. Local organizations can apply for funding up to $100,000 per year, regional organizations up to $225,000 per year, and province-wide organizations up to $250,000 a year. I’ve understood that communities have had success applying for this funding to support language nests and other language revitalization work.

Pathways to Language Vitality Program (FPCC) Deadline December 6, 2021. Created in response to community feedback, the FPCC Pathways to Language Vitality Program provides funding and support for community-led projects that revitalize First Nations languages in B.C. and help create new fluent speakers. Up to $250,000 in funding is available. New applicants are encouraged to apply. The Pathways program offers three types of funding: Rise, Roots and Grow funding. Rise funding ($15,000 – $100,000) for organizations with up to two prior years of experience receiving FPCC language grants. These applicants are building stewardship practices for long-term language revitalization growth. Roots funding ($100,000 – $175,000) for organizations with up to four years of experience receiving FPCC language grants. These applicants have absorbed the teachings from previous efforts and are nourishing strong roots for long-term community language goals. Grow funding ($175,000 – $250,000) for organizations with 5+ years of experience receiving FPCC language grants. These applicants have established language programs and practices and can steward complex plans with many moving parts to achieve community language revitalization goals. Email info@fpcc.ca for more information.

BC First Nation Youth Language Grant Initiative. Open until Funds Exhausted or December 7, 2021. The New Relationship Trust (NRT) recognizes the importance of revitalizing British Columbia (BC) First Nations languages and has identified Youth Language funding as a strategic priority. Preservation and restoration of First Nations languages is integral to cultural identity. NRT will begin to accept completed applications on June 15, 2020 until funds are exhausted. The maximum amount available is $4,000 per First Nations youth language projects.

Nation Building Program (New Relationship Trust). Deadline December 7th or until funds are exhausted. The purpose of the Nation Building Program is to provide funding opportunities to First Nations and Tribal Councils in British Columbia to support their nation-building activities according to their self-determined priorities. A project or initiative meant to strengthen the institutional, governance, and community capacities in reclaiming and rebuilding resiliency, self-determination, and sovereignty, within each Nation’s own context is considered an eligible project. Successful applicants (i.e., BC First Nation Community/Organization/Tribal Council) can apply for up to $50,000 for their project(s).

Elders Grants. Open Until Funds Exhausted or December 7, 2021. The New Relationship Trust (NRT) Elders Grant Initiative is available to all BC First Nation Elders groups at the community level. Priority will be given to Elders Groups. The maximum amount available is $2,500 per Elders group or First Nation/community/organization.

British Columbia History Digitization Program. Deadline December 10, 2021. The goal of the BCHPD is to promote and enhance access to unique British Columbia historical materials by providing financial support for digitization activities. The Learning Centre will provide matching financial contributions for digitization projects to a yearly maximum of $15,000 per applicant. Private or public institutions and agencies are eligible to apply for funding. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, libraries, archives, museums, post-secondary institutions and historical societies. Applications are welcomed from institutions of all sizes. Please only apply for one project per application. Institutions submitting more than one application should rank their submissions in order of priority.

FPCC’s Indigenous Arts Grants now Open! We are currently accepting applications from Indigenous artists residing in B.C. for the Indigenous Arts Program and Indigenous Music Initiative:

Language Technology Program (FPCC). Deadline January 17, 2022. The Language Technology Program is a combination of the FirstVoices Program and the Digitization Grants Initiative. This program provides up to $180,000 in funding plus equipment and training to support language revitalization using technology. Digitization projects involve converting materials such as audio cassettes, reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, and text documents to a digital format. FirstVoices projects involve using FirstVoices.com to document and share your language. These projects make languages more accessible for those living in and away from the community and preserves knowledge for future generations. Applications for two years of funding are welcome. This program is for First Nations communities, governments, bands and tribal councils and Indigenous organizations located in B.C.

Annual Conservation Funding (Coast Funds). Deadline January 21, 2022. The conservation fund is a permanent endowment that supports eligible programs and projects focused on sustaining or enhancing the ecological integrity of the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii. Its goals include supporting and enhancing First Nations’ application of traditional ecological and cultural knowledge to the management of ecosystems, protected areas, lands, and resources in the Project Area; Participation in the management of protected areas and ecosystems within the Project Area; Science, research and monitoring of ecosystem function and processes; Collaborative efforts that sustain and enhance the biodiversity, productive capacity and resilience of ecosystems in the Project Area to ensure the sustainability of cultural and traditional resources, such as fish, wildlife, and cedar in perpetuity; and others (see website for details).

Legacy Fund – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage. Applications accepted on continuous basis. This Department of Canadian Heritage Program provides funding for community-initiated capital projects, intended for community use. Recipients may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenses up to a maximum of $500,000. Funding supports community-initiated capital projects that: commemorate a significant local historical event or pay tribute to a significant local historical personality; mark a 100th anniversary or greater, in increments of 25 years (e.g., 125th, 150th); involve the restoration, renovation, or transformation of existing buildings or exterior spaces with local community significance that are intended for community use; encourage arts and heritage activities in the local community that are intended for and accessible to the general public.

History and Heritage Grants in Aid. Applications accepted at any time. The Islands Trust established the History, Heritage and Conservation Grant-In-Aid to fund initiatives that contribute to the conservation of the Islands Trust Area’s history and heritage. Individuals, groups, organizations, First Nations communities or members, or agencies may apply. Successful grant applicants will receive funding for activities or projects that do one or more of the following: Expand knowledge about the history and/or heritage of the Islands Trust Area; Increase public awareness, understanding and/or appreciation of the history and/or heritage of the Islands Trust Area, including cultural heritage and/or contribute to the understanding of Indigenous Peoples on the island; Conserve heritage properties, cultural heritage areas, or preserve and protect archaeological areas or locations. Grant applicants may request funding up to $5,000.

B.C. Employer Training Grant Program. Applications are prioritized. The B.C. Employer Training Grant program (ETG) supports skills training to address provincial labour market needs. The program is delivered by the Province of British Columbia and is funded by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement (WDA). The goal of the ETG is to help British Columbians access the skills training needed to adapt to the changing requirements of jobs and the labour market while encouraging employer involvement in the training of their employees. Due to high demand for limited funds, applications are prioritized and are not assessed solely on a first come, first served basis. Priority is given to first-time applicants, small businesses, applicants from disadvantaged regions and applicants from industries facing the greatest challenges acquiring skilled workers. There are 6 streams: Covid-19 Impacted Worker Training, Workforce Training, Technical Training, Foundational Training, Employment Transition Training and Persons with Disabilities Training. (It looks like this program might support the needs of communities to train individuals to support language and cultural heritage revitalization work.)

B.C. Indigenous Agricultural Development Program. Open until funds are allocated. This two-step program is designed to support your government, community or organization to make informed decisions, access professional business and financial planning services for enterprises in the food and agriculture sector and for food security planning activities, and support skills training and build business management capacity. The program stream for governments, communities and organizations offers Agricultural Opportunities Assessments (Step 1 of the Program) and Financial and Business Planning (Step 2) with services from a Qualified Business Consultant, as well as optional top-up funding to support community engagement during your projects. Each Applicant is only eligible to receive a total of up to $15,000 of funding through the Indigenous Agriculture Development Program during the funding cycle of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (2018-2023), in addition to up to $4,000 of Community Engagement Top-up Funding (up to $2,000 for each Step 1 or 2 project). The maximum funding available for an Agriculture Opportunities Assessment Project (Step 1) is $5,000 (plus the optional top-up funding) and the maximum funding available for a Financial and Business Planning Project (Step 2) is $10,000 (plus the optional top-up funding).

Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund. Ongoing. The Indigenous Peoples Resilience Fund (IPRF) is an Indigenous-led effort to respond to urgent community needs while taking a long-term view on building community resilience. Any Indigenous-led organization or Indigenous-serving organization working to foster resilience in Inuit, Métis and First Nations communities anywhere in Canada can apply for resiliency funds ranging from $5,000 to $30,000.

BC Arts Council Grant Programs. The BC Arts Council has MANY programs with intakes throughout the year. Please visit their website for more information: https://www.bcartscouncil.ca/program

Canada Cultural Spaces Fund. No deadline – ongoing. The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces. The CCSF annual grants and contributions budget is $54 million for the period 2018-2028.

National Creation Fund. No Deadline. The National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund invests up to $3 million a year in the development of 15 to 20 compelling and ambitious new Canadian works in theatre, dance, music and inter-disciplinary performing arts. Fuelled entirely by donors, the Fund provides Canadian artists with the additional time, space and resources they need to create great work. The Fund invests in both new work, and in promising productions that need additional development after their initial run to produce stronger, more polished work that will be remounted and toured across Canada and around the world.

Aboriginal Community-Based Training Partnerships (ACBTP) and Indigenous Skills Training Development Fund (ISTDF). The Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training (AEST) delivers two programs that provide funding to Indigenous communities (Communities) to access skills training and post-secondary education leading to employment, self-employment or further education.

  • Please contact AEST staff to obtain more information on criteria and how to apply. By email: AEST.IndigenousPrograms@gov.bc.ca or by phone: Yavhel 250-216-4701; Delphine 250-516-3159 or Jennifer Ambers 250.415.6797

Movable Cultural Property Grants. (Government of Canada). No Deadline. Movable Cultural Property Grants help designated organizations acquire cultural property of outstanding significance and national importance to Canada, as outlined in the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. Designated organizations are located in Canada and demonstrate the ability to ensure the long-term preservation of cultural property. Grants can be used to purchase cultural property: for which an export permit has been denied; or that is important to Canada’s national heritage and available for purchase outside the country.

Mental Health & Wellness Funding. The First Nations Health Authority, the Province and Canada have each committed $10 million dollars over two years (2019-2021) to support First Nations communities and Nations to come together to plan, design and deliver initiatives in support of the social determinants of mental health and wellness. The funding approach recognizes that each community and Nation is at a different place on their journey to health and wellness. To learn more and how to apply, visit: https://www.fnha.ca/about/work-with-us/funding-opportunities