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Indigenous Heritage Micro-Grant (IHMG) Program

Grants to British Columbia First Nations Councils, Nonprofits, Schools,
and Adult Education Centers for Cultural Revitalization Projects

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First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC)

Deadline Date:

12/15/19 - Mailed and Postmarked


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Grants of up to $2,000 to British Columbia First Nations bands and tribal councils, nonprofit organizations governed by Indigenous individuals, and First Nations schools and adult education centers for cultural revitalization activities. Funding is intended to support one-time projects that preserve and share Indigenous heritage, increase knowledge sharing with elders, and assist in the development of cultural heritage skills in Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous Heritage Micro Grant (IHMG) program will provide support for projects initiated and directed by Indigenous organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to their cultural heritage practices.

Eligible Expenses:

  • Travel (transportation and accommodation) for project participants to attend project events or meetings, visit a community, or undertake research outside their community
  • Meeting/event space rental
  • Food and hospitality
  • Honoraria for Elders, facilitators, and others
  • Materials and supplies
  • Equipment rental or costs up to a total of 60% of the funding granted (max. $1,200)
  • Printing costs for promotional or educational materials
  • Administration expenses such as phone, computer, bookkeeping, etc, are eligible up to 15% of the funding granted, (maximum $300)
  • Other expenses may be eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186919

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for an Indigenous Heritage Micro Grant grant, organizations must have a mandate or a focus which includes Indigenous heritage and be:
- A BC First Nation band or tribal council; or
- A not-for-profit registered in BC in good standing and governed by Indigenous individuals (at least 51% of Directors identify as Indigenous); or
- A First Nation school or adult education centre operating in BC.

Additionally, applicants must:
- Demonstrate how their project contributes to the revitalization of Indigenous heritage; and
- Demonstrate how the Indigenous Heritage Micro Grant will support emergent activities on a one-time basis; and
- Submit a signed application (only one application per organization) with a realistic, balanced budget which demonstrates financial need and an achievable project timeline; and
- Have completed all reporting for any previous projects funded by FPCC.

Projects that are part of a larger or on-going initiative may be eligible for funding through this program. However, the aspect of the project funded through the Indigenous Heritage Micro grant program must be a stand-alone piece with its own budget and outcomes that can be reported according to the deadlines described in these guidelines. Please contact FPCC if you have questions about the eligibility of your project or organization

Ineligible Expenses
- Equipment costs over 60% of funding received
- Administration costs over 15% of funding received
- For-profit business development costs
- Capital purchases such as vehicles or costs associated with building or land improvement or acquisition
- Expenses related to pre-existing community celebrations or anniversaries
- Expenses funded paid for through other funding programs

Pre-Application Information:

i. Applications due – December 15, 2019. Application and materials must be postmarked or couriered by this date.
ii. Grants awarded (by phone) - upon approval

Applicants may seek funding from the FPCC language and/or art grant programs in addition to the Indigenous Heritage Micro-Grant program, but the costs must not be duplicated.

For successful applicants, funding will be distributed in 2 phases (90% at the start of the project, 10% upon receipt of the final report).

Contact Information:

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

Karen Aird, Cultural Heritage Manager

First Peoples' Cultural Council
1A Boat Ramp Road
Brentwood Bay, B.C.
Canada V8M 1N9

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Geographic Focus:

Canada: British Columbia