FirstVoices Grant Applications Now Open!


FirstVoices program grants are now open for application through the
First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation!

FirstVoices is the internationally recognized online Indigenous language archiving and teaching resource that allows communities to document their languages for future generations.

FirstVoices grants will fund projects for B.C. First Nations languages that focus on multi-dialect collaborative archives and updates to existing archives. The purpose of these grants is to increase the number of B.C. First Nations languages represented in FirstVoices archives and support existing users to include more words, phrases, songs and stories.

Your FirstVoices project will take a multi-media approach to language documentation using innovative technology to make the most of this unique web-based platform.

Guidelines and Application Form:

Funding Amounts: Funding requests are up to $50,000 for 1 year and $100,000 for 2 years.

Timeline: The current funding call is for projects that will span from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020 or 2021. FirstVoices grant applications for single year applicants will be accepted in spring 2020 under a separate grant cycle.

Deadline: April 30th, 2019 at 4:00pm
Eligible applications will be subject to a peer review process to determine the successful applicants. Projects that are funded in the 2019-2020 grant cycle MUST be completed and reported on by July 1, 2020.

FPCF recognizes that reliable, recurring funding has been a barrier to ongoing work on FirstVoices archives. For the first time, 2-year funding agreements of up to $100,000 are being offered.
This funding will support the documentation and sharing of your language and to encourage collaboration between communities of the same language.

Note: Regional training sessions will be provided for all teams who require training in using the FirstVoices platform and managing your FirstVoices archive. Training will also include how to record, edit and upload audio files.

If you know anyone who may benefit from funding in these program areas please pass this information along and share with your networks.

To view the Guidelines and Application form click here.
To find out more about FirstVoices visit:
To find out more about FPCC Language Programs visit:
To view language archives visit

If you have questions or would like assistance with your application please contact the FirstVoices Coordinator/Trainer Kyra Fortier:
Office: (250) 652-5952
Cell: (250) 882-8919

Warm regards,

Pat Alec (Nk’yap’xn)
Communications Officer, First Peoples’ Cultural Council

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