Women harvesting hemp in the Similkameen for Indigenous cultural heritage stewardship

Cultural Heritage Stewardship Grant

March 1, 2022 - January 15, 2024

The Cultural Heritage Stewardship Grant provides funds for training and support for Indigenous people to act as stewards and experts of their cultural heritage.

Indigenous Peoples are the rightful stewards of their cultural heritage and work on Indigenous cultural heritage should be led by Indigenous people, address the needs and priorities of Indigenous communities, and be undertaken with an Indigenous approach rather than according to colonial timelines or values.

The Cultural Heritage Stewardship Grant will support projects with a strong focus on mentorship, education, training and/or intergenerational learning and knowledge transfer. Transfer of knowledge between Elders and Knowledge Keepers to youth, young adults and other community members is key.

This funding is for First Nations organizations in B.C. with a mandate or a focus that includes Indigenous cultural heritage. This can include First Nations bands, tribal councils, collectives of three or more Indigenous peoples from a B.C. First Nation, not-for-profit societies registered in B.C. that are in good standing and with more than half of the directors identifying as First Nations.

Register for our info session today!
Learn more about the grant and how to strengthen your application by registering for our live info session on December 9, 2021, 12-1 p.m. To register click here.

This program is funded by the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation through the 150 Time Immemorial fund from the B.C. Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Heritage BC is also delivering funding that is open to all organizations. Applicants may apply for grants from both FPCC and Heritage BC, provided the applications are for different activities or separate parts of a larger project.

We are here to help!

If you have any questions or would like assistance with your grant application, please contact the program staff listed at the bottom of this page. FPCC staff are available to answer questions about grant eligibility, project proposal ideas, what activities are permitted during COVID-19 restrictions, which program or grant may be best for your project and more.

Funding Process

We are here to ensure that the funding application process is as easy as possible and offer a convenient online portal so applicants can more easily apply for programs and submit reports. For additional information please visit the Funding Process page.

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Program Contact

Paulina Csiscai

Paulina’s experience includes supporting communities to safeguard cultural heritage and working across government to provide policy support. She worked in Yellowknife as a consultant and a community and regional land use planner.