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Indigenous Arts Program (IAP) - Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations

Grants to British Columbia First Nations, Indigenous Artists, Arts and
Cultural Nonprofits, and Collectives for Traditionally Based Art Projects

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) and BC Arts Council (BCAC)

Deadline Date:

09/30/19 Postmarked or delivered


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Grants of up to $12,000 to British Columbia First Nations, Indigenous artists, nonprofit aboriginal arts and cultural organizations, and collectives for traditionally based art projects. Funding is intended for projects that contribute to artistic, professional, and creative development in all disciplines, and to the vitality of traditionally-based art practices and related knowledge.

Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations is meant to:
- Enhance traditional arts activities in all disciplines
- Increase training and participation of artists
- Advance the work of Aboriginal artists practicing traditional art forms in all disciplines
- Support the transfer of artistic knowledge and skills between generations
- Enhance the network of artists practicing traditional art forms in all disciplines

To be eligible, projects must:
- Demonstrate commitment to the development and practice of traditional arts and artists (this must be evident in their written mandate and previous activities)
- Have a clear objective focused on sharing knowledge and skills related to a traditional art form in any discipline (visual arts, song and music, dance and story)
- Demonstrate the input and direction of the senior artist/mentor(s) involved in the project
- Bring together three or more people from more than one generation
- Have a start date after the application deadline

Note: Priority will be given to projects that extend beyond one family and invite community participation.

Eligible expenses include:
- Artist/mentors’ short-term living expenses during the project
- Mentor assistant’s fees
- Costs associated with materials and supplies
- Project related travel and some administrative expenses artist/mentors’ short-term living expenses during the project, mentor assistant’s fees, cost associated with materials and supplies, project related travel, and some administrative expenses.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 140375

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants for Sharing Traditional Arts Across Generations projects will not exceed $12,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applications to this program will be accepted from:
- A registered not-for-profit Aboriginal arts or culture organization in good standing, an active, unincorporated Indigenous arts collective, or a First Nation, based in British Columbia, or
- An Aboriginal artist, who can demonstrate that their project will benefit at least two other artists

Please note: For the purposes of this program, the term “Indigenous artists” includes Indigenous status, non-status, Métis and/or Inuit.

To be eligible, the applicant must:
- Have an artistic mandate that demonstrates a commitment to artistic practice and demonstrates artistic excellence
- Demonstrate the support, participation, and direction of recognized Indigenous artists, cultural or community leaders
- Advance the work of recognized and knowledgeable Indigenous artists
- Present a realistic and balanced project budget, which clearly demonstrates financial need, and identifies other sources of revenue required to complete the project
- Indicate an achievable project timeline that works for the artist/mentor(s) involved
- Not have the same project funded through the BCAC support programs
- Unincorporated collectives must be directed by at least three Indigenous artists who have been residents of British Columbia for at least the past year
- Organizations, collectives, and societies MUST be First Nations or Indigenous directed (at least 51% of directors)

The following expenses are NOT eligible for funding through this program:
- Projects related to post-secondary education
- Capital and business development costs
- Equipment purchases, for example: camera, video camera, laptop, sewing machine, etc. Note: Equipment rentals are eligible
- Capital renovation costs; and expenses incurred in annual community celebrations

Pre-Application Information:

- Deadline: Next application deadline is Sunday, September 30, 2019
- Deadlines that fall on weekends or holidays are extended to the next business day.
- Please do not contact staff regarding the status of your application. All applicants will be advised of jury decisions approximately 16 weeks after the application deadline.

To discuss your project ideas, seek additional information or to request application forms, please contact Arts Program Staff.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Mail or deliver application packages to:
Arts Program Staff
First Peoples’ Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C., V8M 1N9

For more information, please contact:
Nikki Thomas:
Phone: 250-652-5952 Ext. 212
Fax (250) 652-5953

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia