Pathways to Language Vitality Program for Canada Rise, Roots, and Grow Funding Available

First Peoples’ Cultural Council

Relevent Country: Canada

The First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) is currently seeking expressions of interest for the Pathways to Language Vitality Program to provide funding and support for community-led projects that revitalize First Nations languages in B.C. and help create fluent speakers.

FPCC’s Language Program vision is that all First Nation languages in British Columbia have stable populations of speakers who are passing their languages on to the next generations. First Nations communities are empowered with skills, resources and comprehensive plans to ensure the ongoing vitality of their languages.

Funding Categories

  • Rise Funding
  • Grants up to $100,000
  • Rise projects are focused on activities that create the foundation for future language work through community engagement and language learning alongside culture (e.g., language classes and camps, multi-generational language programs, language gatherings, and language planning).

Rise organizations:

  • have received 2 or fewer language grants from FPCC (cumulative total)
  • have been receiving FPCC language grants for 1 year or less or
  • have received 2 or more language grants from FPCC but have a history of overdue reporting

Roots Funding

  • Grants up to $175,000
  • Roots organizations are investing in the sustainability of their future language work through intensive language documentation and projects that will result in new fluent speakers (e.g., recording fluent speakers and creating materials and resources that will directly contribute to language fluency).

Roots organizations:

  • have received 3 – 8 previous language grants from FPCC (cumulative total)
  • have been receiving FPCC language grants for 2 – 4 years
  • have held 2 or more grants in a single year or
  • have received 9+ language grants from FPCC and held 2 or more language grants in a single year but have a history of overdue reporting

Grow Funding

  • Grants up to $250,000
  • Grow organizations are focused on increasing language ability and use throughout the community by strengthening immersion programs while continuing to build on previous documentation and planning efforts (e.g., Language Nests, immersion language classes for children and adults).

Grow organizations:

  • have received 9+ language grants from FPCC (cumulative total)
  • have been receiving FPCC language grants for 5 years or more
  • have held 2 or more grants in a single year

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible Applicants

  • First Nations Communities/Governments/Bands/Tribal Councils located in B.C.
  • First Nations Cultural, Language and Education centres in B.C.
  • Not-for-profit societies registered in B.C. that are in good standing and are governed by B.C. First Nations individuals (at least 75% of directors identify as B.C. First Nations)
  • B.C. First Nations-led museums and cultural spaces (at least 75% of directors identify as B.C. First Nations)
  • Urban and off-reserve B.C. First Nations organizations (at least 75% of directors identify as B.C. First Nations)
  • Previous applicants may apply as long as all reporting on previous funding from FPHLCC/FPCC (all programs) or the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation (FPCF) is up to date
  • Eligible Languages: Pathways funding is available to support the revitalization of the 34 First Nations languages of British Columbia.

Ineligible

Individuals

  • Public institutions (e.g., schools, universities)
  • Non-Indigenous organizations
  • For-profit organizations and businesses
  • Committees, groups, task forces without an established governing body
  • Provincial/territorial and municipal governments and their agencies
  • Federal or provincial government departments and agencies
  • Organizations with incomplete or outstanding reporting with FPHLCC/FPCF

Source: https://fpcc.ca/program/pathways/