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

Indigenous Culture Heritage (ICH) Program


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Funding Source
Government of Newfoundland and Labrador
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Geographic Focus
Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador;

Important Dates
Deadline: 05/20/23 Save

Grant Description
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

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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.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project ideas with Kristina Turner or Dale Jarvis prior to submitting a proposal. Assistance will be provided in preparing proposals and applicants will be referred to resources that might assist them.

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.

Term of Contract
Projects must be completed by March 31.

Contact Information
Submit applications to:
Kristina Turner, Program Officer
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts and Recreation
P.O. Box 8700
St. John’s, NL A1B 4J6
Tel: 729-1409

Dale Jarvis, Provincial Intangible Cultural Heritage Officer
Tel: 739-1892

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