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FirstVoices Grant

Grants to British Columbia Indigenous Tribes, Communities,
Governments, and Organizations for Cultural Preservation

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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First Peoples' Cultural Council (FPCC) and First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation (FPCF)

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Grants of up to $50,000 per year to British Columbia indigenous tribes, communities, governments, and organizations to preserve the native languages. Funding is intended to encourage community partnerships to develop and expand new or existing language archives by documenting the languages of First Nations. Eligible funds will support a tool that communities can use to learn and interact with the native language, and that increases the accessibility of language materials for community members living out of the community.

For list of eligible languages:

Communities that want to collaborate can explore how to share the work of a FirstVoices project and submit a funding application for a shared archive. FirstVoices staff can help:

  • Connect communities that don’t have existing relationships
  • Facilitate communication
  • Support the development of a project vision and Community Sharing Agreement
  • Assist in writing a funding application
  • Provide ongoing training and support to see the project to completion

Eligible activities for a FirstVoices project:

  • Collecting recordings of words, phrases, songs, or stories intended for upload to
  • Editing audio and managing data storage
  • Uploading words, phrases, songs, or stories to
  • Managing your archive
  • Community consultation and/or community sharing events regarding and associated work
  • Other activities related to compiling material for and sharing and managing the archive

Eligible expenses for a FirstVoices project:

  • Project wages for FirstVoices team (Administrator, lead technician, recorder, etc.)
  • Professional Fees (Honoraria – Elders, speakers)
  • Maximum $200 per day for contractors i.e., language consultant/linguist, researcher, transcriber, instructor, etc.
  • Purchase or rental of recording equipment and/or computer (provide rental quote)
  • Maximum 10% of administration costs (i.e., for bookkeeping, supplies, postage, photocopying, etc.)
  • Resource materials specific to project (i.e. USBs, CDs, videos)
  • Travel costs related to project delivery (reasonable and necessary costs only)

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185482

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $50,000 for one year and $100,000 for two years.

Term of Contract:

Year 1: July 1st, 2020 to June 30th 2021
Year 2: July 1st, 2021 to June 30th 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

-B.C. First Nations Communities/Governments/Bands/Tribal Councils
-Indigenous Cultural, Language and Education Centres
-Urban Indigenous Organizations
-Previous applicants may apply if all reporting on any previous funding from FPCC or FPCF (including from the Arts or Heritage departments) is up to date

-Individual applicants
-Public institutions (e.g. schools, universities)
-Committees, groups, task forces without an established governing body
-Previous projects funded by FPCC/FPCF where applicants have not completed all the required reporting (including from the Arts or Heritage departments)

Pre-Application Information:

Application Timeline:
Stage 1: Application submissions, Deadline: April 10th, 2020
Stage 2: Application review by FPCC/FPCF & Peer Review Committee, May-June, 2020
Stage 3: Projects begin and initial funding is delivered, July 2020

To receive feedback on an application prior to submitting a final copy, please submit it at least two weeks prior to the closing deadline.

Grant application information:

Contact Information:

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


Kyra Fortier, FirstVoices Coordinator/Trainer
(250) 882-8919 ext 222

1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C. V8M 1N9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia

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