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Eligibility for Language Grants

Who is eligible to apply?

  • B.C. First Nations' communities/governments/bands/Tribal Councils
  • Aboriginal Cultural, Language and Education Centres (e.g. Friendship Centres)
  • Click here to see the list of B.C. First Nations languages supported by FPCC.

Previous applicants can apply, but they MUST have completed all reporting on previous funding from the FPCC and/or the First Peoples' Cultural Foundation.

Who is NOT eligible to apply?

  • Individual applicants (excluding the Mentor-Apprentice Program)
  • Public institutions (i.e. schools, universities)
  • Committees, groups, or task forces without an established governing body
  • Municipal or government agencies
  • Previous projects funded by the FPCC / FPCF whose recipients have not completed all the required reporting

When is the application deadline? What formats are applications accepted in?

  • A mailed application package must have a postmark or receipt for proof of timely mailing (i.e. a date stamp from a Post Office, or a courier receipt).
  • Hand-delivered applications must be received on or before the deadline date.
  • Late proposals and/or applications sent by fax or email will not be accepted.

What are the requirements for a language proposal?

  • Completion of the Language Needs Assessment
    (Sign up for an account and start your needs assessment: If you already have an account, please Log in here. You can log into the beta website here.)
  • Language as the primary focus of the proposed project
  • A realistic and balanced budget, which identifies other sources of revenue and resources required to complete the project (i.e. other grant revenues, donations, fundraising, etc.)
  • Demonstrated community support and consultation (i.e. letters of support, Band Council Resolution, completed Language Project Needs Assessment)
  • Demonstrated strategies which promote the transmission of language and participation of community speakers
  • Clearly stated objectives, activities, outputs, and measurables
  • An achievable project timeline
  • Demonstrated project collaboration amongst communities which speak the same dialect.*
  • Meeting all language program criteria
First Nation communities or organizations will be given priority, and are encouraged to submit a proposal in partnership with other First Nation communities.

*FPCC policy now states that multiple applications from the same community or same language dialect must collaborate in their efforts for language revitalization.


What is the duration of a FPCC language project?

  • Project activities must commence on or after June 15 of the funding year.
  • Projects must conclude by March 31 of the following year.
Multi-year proposals cannot be considered as the FPCC receives funding from the provincial and federal governments on a fiscal year cycle; however, proposals can be evaluated in one-year phases.

What are the levels of funding?

  • Funding levels range between $5,000 and $25,000.

What expenses are eligible?

  • Maximum 50% of all salary costs / wages. The other 50% must be provided by other sources and supported by documentation.
  • Honoraria
  • Maximum $200 per day for contractors such as language consultants, linguist, researcher, transcriber, instructor. (excluding travel, per diems, hotel costs, etc.)
  • Rental of recording equipment and/or a computer
  • Direct printing costs of materials and signage (e.g. for publication of books)
  • Maximum 5% of administration costs (i.e. bookkeeping, supplies, postage, photocopying)
  • Resource materials specific to the language project (i.e. tapes, CDs, videos)

What expenses are ineligible?

  • Staff benefits (i.e. EI, WCB, vacation pay, etc.)
  • Travel
  • Capital equipment purchases (i.e. computers, cameras, etc.)
  • 100% salary costs (salaries of permanent staff)
  • Food or gas expenditures
  • Rental of facilities
  • Office supplies

 What activities are ineligible?

  • Conferences
  • In-school language instructional programs (i.e. non-First Nations or public programs)
  • Awards or bursaries
  • Teacher certification

What are some examples of in-kind contributions?

  • Donation of facilities
  • Contribution of salaries and benefits
  • Administration, bookkeeping fees and services
  • Computer software loans and/or purchases
  • Training costs and associated travel
  • Meals and accommodations
  • Printing costs of materials and signage

What are some examples of other sources of revenue?

Can an organization apply for multiple language grants in the same program during a proposal call?

  • No, an organization can NOT apply for multiple language grants in the same program during a call for proposals.

What should be included with my language proposal?

The package you submit must contain:

  • A completed Language Project Needs Assessment
    (Sign up for an account and start your needs assessment: If you already have an account, please Log in here. You can log into the beta website here.)
  • A cover letter on your organization’s letterhead, signed by an authorized representative (i.e. Tribal Chief, Chief, Councillor, General Manager)
  • The completed original FPCC Language Program Application Form
  • Official letter(s) of support or a Band Council Resolution from the First Nation community or organization that is applying for funding
    NOTE: Collaborative projects must include a letter of support or Band Council Resolution from each community involved in the project. Without these documents, applicants are considered ineligible.
  • A resume and/or short biography for each of the project’s key participants.
You may also include examples of existing or recently developed language materials that relate to this language proposal. This is optional.

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