Foundation / Corporation
First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC)
Grants of $14,600 to British Columbia First Nations individuals to support one-on-one language mentorship activities. Funding is intended to promote the development of fluent speakers of First Nations languages. The goal of the program is to create new speakers of the language, so the focus must be on speaking and listening. Reading and writing are important too, but those skills can come later.
In this program, learners become more fluent, which is especially valuable for languages where only a couple of fluent speakers are left. The mentor and apprentice spend 300 hours per year together (10-20 hours per week, 50 hours per month) doing everyday activities using the language at all times. This is a large time commitment, so both mentor and apprentice are paid for their time. If the mentor or apprentice is working full time, she or he may have to take time off work to participate in the program for the required number of hours, which is why a stipend is paid for their time.
There are no tests, but the apprentice does an evaluation with a panel of 3 community language experts every 100 hours. It is recommended that mentor and apprentice spend at least 900 hours (3 sets of 300 hours) together in immersion for the apprentice to reach a functional level of fluency.
GrantWatch ID#: 180197
The total amount for each grant is $14,600, plus an additional travel grant to cover travel and accommodation expenses for the Mentor-Apprentice team to the mandatory training workshop.
The following is the stipulated budget for each project:
-Mentor stipends (300 hours at $25/hr): $7,500
-Apprentice stipends (300 hours at $20/hr): $6,000
-Evaluation panel honoraria (3 panel members x $100 per evaluation): $900
-Materials, supplies and expenses (e.g. recording equipment, books, bank fees, other supplies): $200
The program implementation will be between April 2020 and March 2021.
One “year” of the FPCC MAP consists of 300 hours of immersion, which takes about six months to complete.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://fpcc.smartsimple.ca/iface/ex/ax_index.jsp
Michelle Pedersen, Language Programs Assistant
First Peoples' Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C. V8M 1N9
Tel: (250) 652-5952
Fax: (250) 652-5953
Canada: British Columbia