Funding Opportunities

Many small ICH management teams just starting up rely on band or tribal council funding or financial support for start-up costs. As initiatives grow, grants and loans are a valuable source of revenue.

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Capacity Funding

Region-specific Funding

Funding for Cultural Projects, Events and Activities

  • First People’s Cultural Council’s (FPCC) Heritage Program offer several grants for heritage projects and initiatives, including the Indigenous Cultural Heritage Micro-Grant and the Oral Histories Program.
  • FPCC offers many grants for heritage, arts and language programs. Depending on the scope of your projects and initiatives, you may be eligible for grants.
  • The Canada Council for the Arts offers the Creating, Knowing and Sharingprogram, which provides grant opportunities to support contemporary, customary or traditional artistic and cultural activities.
  • The Heritage Legacy Fund offers four streams of funding, including the Heritage Conservation Program, the Heritage Awareness Program, the Heritage Planning Program, and the Indigenous Partnership Program.
  • Keepers of the Earth Fund provides grants ranging between $500 and $5,000 for grassroots, Indigenous-led organizations and groups to support their self-designed development projects based on Indigenous values.
  • The Listen, Hear Our Voices Initiative administered by Library and Archives Canada, offers free services for “Indigenous organizations, individuals, collectors and creators to digitize and to help preserve culture and language recordings.” There are also funding opportunities for digitizing Indigenous culture and language recordings that already exist and to help build the skills, knowledge and resources necessary to digitize and preserve such recordings.
  • Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program, a program of the Federal government, strengthens Indigenous cultural identity and participation in Canadian society through preserving and revitalizing Indigenous languages and culture.
  • Anti-Racism Action Program provides funding for projects that promote participation and reduce barriers in sport, arts and culture.
  • Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage supports opportunities for local artists, artisans, and heritage performers to participate in community festivals, events, and projects. Funding may also be used to commemorate heritage.
  • Local Festivals – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage provides funding to local groups for recurrent arts and heritage festivals.

Tangible Heritage and Built Heritage Funding

Potential Revenue

Depending on the type of ICH team or initiative you have, you may be able to generate your own revenue that will help sustain your team. Examples of revenue and funding you can generate from your cultural heritage management team or program include:

Permitting fees: The fees charged for permit applications can provide revenue for your program to help cover salary and overhead costs.

Income for community members: Require a community member to be on-site as an archaeologist, field technician or field monitor as part of your permitting requirements.