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B.C. Language Initiative (BCLI) Program

Grants to British Columbia First Nations Agencies and
Organizations for Language Preservation and Documentation

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC)

Deadline Date:

12/13/19 4:00 PM


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Grants to British Columbia First Nations communities, governments, bands, and tribal councils, and aboriginal organizations for projects to strengthen and preserve Native languages, arts, and cultures. Funding is intended to preserve the linguistic and cultural heritage of the First Nations people of British Columbia.

Examples of types of language strategies funded under BCLI:

  • Immersion Programming - Includes projects where language transmission is 100% immersion.  
  • Traditional & Cultural Programming - Language learners are placed into everyday traditional and cultural activities in a setting where language transmission is 100% immersion.
  • Documentation - The main purpose is to document a First Nations language through recording, archiving and transcribing language speakers (e.g., using audio, video, digital, written language documentation, interviewing elders, etc.).
  • Materials Development - Involves the development, expansion or enhancement of language materials (tools used to simplify or facilitate instruction, language learning) that support the development of language and culture lessons for learning the language (e.g. language exercises, games, drills, flash cards, CD ROMs, video tapes, teaching manuals, language books, etc.).
  • FirstVoices Development - Language archiving using

For more information on each of the above strategies, see the URL for Full Text link below. 

The language program recognizes the full diversity of First Nations languages and acknowledges that every First Nations community will design and implement individual projects according to the needs and capacity of the community.

Proposal requirements:

  • Demonstration that language is the primary focus of the application
  • Demonstration that the BCLI strategy promotes the transmission of language and participation of community and its speakers
  • A realistic and balanced budget
  • Demonstration of local community support and consultation
  • Clearly stated objectives that are measurable, achievable, and realistic; clearly defined activities, results and outputs
  • Achievable project timeline or schedule
  • All BCLI language program criteria are met 

For a list of eligible expenses, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169214

Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding levels vary between $20,000 and $100,000.

Note: Projects with Language and Culture Camps as the only activity are eligible for a maximum of $25,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year funding is available for projects that span one, two or three fiscal years:
- Year 1: April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2021
- Year 2: April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022
- Year 3: April 1, 2022 to March 31, 2023

Note: Only YEAR 1 of funding can be guaranteed. Funding for subsequent years is dependent on the continued availability of funds from our Program funders.

You can choose to submit for YEAR 1-only, as funding will remain available for applications in the following years. Applications for YEAR 2-only won’t be accepted at this time.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible to apply:
- First Nations Communities/Governments/Bands/Tribal Councils located in B.C.
- Indigenous Cultural, Language and Education Centres in B.C.
- Indigenous Organizations in B.C.
- Previous applicants may apply as long as all reporting on previous funding from FPHLCC/FPCC (all programs) or the First Peoples' Cultural Foundation (FPCF) is up to date.

FPCC will accept multiple applications per community. Communities that wish to submit multiple proposals must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Multiple applications cannot be submitted for one organization or group – applications must come from different organizations or groups in the community (for example, the band and an independent community organization)
- Project proposals cannot be for the same project-type – applications must be for different projects (for example, two proposals for a Language Nest in one community will not be eligible)
- Applicants are encouraged to collaborate on their projects, and this collaboration must be clearly demonstrated in each applicant’s proposal (see “Community Collaboration” section of the application form).

Not eligible:
- Individual applicants
- Public institutions (e.g. schools, universities)
- Committees, groups, task forces without an established governing body
- Government agencies
- Previous projects funded by FPHLCC/FPCC/FPCF where applicants have not completed all the required reporting.

Ineligible activities:
- Conferences or conference fees for project participants
- In-school language instructional programs (e.g., non-First Nations or public programs)
- Awards or bursaries
- Teacher certification

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by December 13, 2019 the deadline has been extended). Applications must be submitted online via the FPCC Grant Portal or sent by mail or courier to the First Peoples’ Cultural Council office.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

To request a paper package, please contact
Rachel Perkins, Language Programs Coordinator

First Peoples' Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C. V8M 1N9
Fax: (250) 652-5953

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia