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Mentor-Apprentice Program (MAP)

Grants to British Columbia First Nations Individuals
for One-on-One Language Immersion Programs

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First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC)

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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.

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GrantWatch ID#: 180197

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Mentor-Apprentice Program is intended for B.C. First Nations individuals ages 16 or older. You do not need to be living in your community (on reserve) to be eligible; urban applicants will be considered. Priority will be given to apprentices with a demonstrated commitment to share the language with others upon completion of the program. This includes teachers, childcare workers, parents, or those actively engaged in language programming in their community.

The Mentor Apprentice approach to language learning is most successful in a one-on-one format. At the present time, teams with more than one apprentice will not be considered. An apprentice may apply with more than one mentor, but note that the funding total will remain the same regardless of the number of team members.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due online by December 13, 2019.

Stage 1: Application Submissions, Deadline: December 13, 2019
Stage 2: Application Review by FPCC, February 2020
Stage 3: Training Workshop, regional sessions in April and May 2020
-Attendance is mandatory for all Mentor-Apprentice teams.
-A travel grant will be provided to cover travel and accommodation costs for the training.

Stage 4: Mentor-Apprentice Program implementation, April 2020 - March 2021
-Mentor and apprentice begin their language immersion sessions.
-Funding is distributed as reimbursement of work completed, upon submission of required reporting by Mentor-Apprentice team. Payments will be based on approved budget expenses only.
-Program must be completed by March 2021.

If you would like support in completing a Language Program application, please contact the FPCC Language Program staff. If you wish to receive feedback on your application prior to submitting a final copy, please either let FPCC staff know you have an online application draft saved or send a paper application at least two weeks prior to the closing deadline, with an attached request for feedback. FPCC Language Program staff will provide you with feedback on your application, so that you may revise and resubmit the application before the final deadline.

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Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Michelle Pedersen, Language Programs Assistant

Aurora Skala

First Peoples' Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C. V8M 1N9
Tel: (250) 652-5952
Fax: (250) 652-5953

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia