FPCC’s Heritage program provides funding to support B.C. First Nations communities in protecting and revitalizing their cultural knowledge, practices, and spaces.
“Being on the trail is magical in many ways. It’s helped me in my journey to better understand myself, to know what I need to see my life clearly. Children, Elders and myself – the positive impact and the uplifting joy I see is amazing. A safe, sacred place for everyone.” – Harvey Jack, Stz’uminus Sxwi’em’ Shelh Story Trail Program – Sense of Place Land-based Education, supported by the Heritage Infrastructure Program
If you are a B.C. First Nation or a B.C. First Nations-led organization working to safeguard your heritage, please consider applying for FPCC Heritage funding!
Click on each program listed below for more details and how to apply.
Current Heritage Funding Opportunities
Up to $25,000 to support projects that weave together arts, languages, and heritage. With an emphasis on mentoring and apprenticeship, this grant helps ensure the protection, transmission, and intergenerational knowledge transfer of B.C. First Nations languages, arts, and heritage.
Application deadline: March 15, 2024, at 4 pm
$100,000 – $250,000 to support projects that conserve, repair or develop Indigenous cultural heritage infrastructure. Infrastructure projects consist of historical and cultural places, archives, cultural heritage collections, and structures that support community access to the transmission of traditional practices, history, arts, and trades.
Application deadline: April 5, 2024 at 4pm
Provides support for B.C. First Nations to be the stewards of and experts on their own heritage. Applicants may apply for up to three of the four streams below in one application. Funding up to $75,000.
- Climate Change – up to $25,000 to explore how communities are experiencing and responding to climate change.
- Digitization and Archiving – up to $25,000 to digitize or archive existing heritage records.
- Oral History and Protocols – up to $25,000 to engage Elders and Knowledge Keepers in sharing their stories and contributing to documenting Indigenous laws, protocols and ways of knowing.
- Sense of Place – up to $25,000 to safeguard sensitive and significant cultural landscapes, places and sites.
Application deadline: March 22, 2024 at 4 pm
Note: Information videos sharing more about the program, guidelines and application process will be posted on each program page when they become available.
Who is eligible to apply? B.C. First Nations or B.C.-based First Nations-led organizations that have a mandate or focus that includes B.C. First Nations’ heritage.
Eligible applicants include:
- Recognized First Nations governments, bands or tribal councils located in B.C.
- Not-for-profit societies registered in B.C., in good standing and governed by recognized
B.C. First Nations individuals (at least 75% of directors identify as members of recognized B.C. First Nations)
- Urban and off-reserve B.C. First Nations organizations (at least 75% of directors identify
as members of recognized B.C. First Nations)
- B.C. First Nations–led museums and cultural spaces (at least 75% of directors identify as
members of recognized B.C. First Nations)
- B.C. First Nations schools and adult education centres operating in B.C. on First Nations
lands (applications from First Nations schools that serve one community must be submitted through their respective Nation/Band Office)
The FPCC Heritage Program supports projects by B.C. First Nations and B.C. First Nations-led organizations as per our legislated mandate. FPCC requires at least 75% of an organization’s board members/directors to include individuals from B.C. First Nations as they are the rightful stewards of their cultural heritage and are best equipped to lead the important work of protecting, sharing and revitalizing B.C. First Nations Heritage on these lands.
Additional heritage funding may be accessed through Heritage BC, Department of Canadian Heritage, Vancouver Foundation, Telus Foundation and the Mastercard Foundation. If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact the staff member listed on each program page.
Please note: FPCC is unable to fund K–12 classroom activities and related accredited programming.
New applicants are encouraged to review the FPCC General Funding Guidelines for all programs. Program-specific funding guides can be found on each program page.
How to Apply
FPCC Heritage Program applications will be accepted using the FPCC Grant Portal.
FPCC’s Heritage Program has been made possible with funding from the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation through the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation.
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