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Indigenous Cultural Heritage Program

Grants to Newfoundland and Labrador Organizations and
Individuals to Preserve Indigenous Culture and Traditions

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Government of Newfoundland and Labrador - Department of Tourism, Culture and Recreation (TCAR)

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Grants of up to $1,000 and grants of up to $15,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador Indigenous organizations and individuals for projects related to preserving Indigenous culture and traditions. Additionally, funding is intended to build capacity among local Indigenous groups in the areas of knowledge and skills development related to the safeguarding of Indigenous Cultural Heritage.

This program supports Indigenous projects that involve the safeguarding of traditions and culture, including language; traditional knowledge and skills; storytelling, music, games and other pastimes; knowledge of the landscape; customs, cultural practices and beliefs; food customs; and living off the land.

Eligible projects include:

  • Documenting and recording cultural knowledge through research, collecting oral histories, and inventorying aspects of cultural heritage
  • Passing on cultural knowledge through teaching, demonstrations, publications, and websites
  • Educating and raising awareness of cultural traditions
  • Recognizing tradition-bearers through awards and special events
  • Celebrating with festivals and events, or incorporating cultural activities into existing events
  • Supporting cultural enterprises acquire knowledge (eg. through best practices missions)
  • Professional development for Indigenous cultural workers, educators and knowledge holders

For more information about eligible projects, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 167666

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum project funding available is $15,000. For projects that involve recognizing and celebrating traditional culture in events of short-term duration, the maximum funding is $1,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Established Indigenous organizations with a cultural focus are eligible to apply. Professionals (Indigenous artisans, cultural workers and educators) can apply for professional skills development if they have a demonstrated background in culture and have community support.

Established Indigenous groups/organizations in Newfoundland and Labrador with a cultural focus are eligible to apply. While applicants may have non- Indigenous partners, the main proponent must be an Indigenous group.

Professional Development:
Professionals can apply for professional skills development if they have a demonstrated background in culture. Professionals are defined as practicing artisans who are recognized by their community and make some income from their skill. Cultural workers, educators and knowledge holders may also be eligible, providing that they have the support of their community.

Pre-Application Information:

There is one deadline annually: May 20

While projects can be funded up to 100% of eligible costs, applicants are strongly encouraged to show other contributions, either financial or in-kind.

Groups are encouraged to discuss project ideas with Lucy Alway prior to completing the application. Dale Jarvis, as Provincial ICH Officer, is also available to give advice and direction on proposals.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The representatives at the Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation are:
- Gerry Osmond, Director, Arts and Heritage
- Lucy Alway, Heritage Program Officer
Tel: 729-1409
- Dale Jarvis, Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Officer
Tel: 739-1892

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