Grant Name: Listen, Hear our Voices Funding


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12:00PM January 28, 2022 PST


Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is providing funding to support Indigenous communities in their efforts to:

  • digitize existing documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures
  • build the skills, knowledge and resources needed to digitize and preserve documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures


  • Digitization of documentary heritage related to Indigenous languages and cultures
    • Digitize documentary heritage from formats such as textual documents, photographs, audio cassettes, reel-to-reel, VHS tapes and video cassettes
    • Prepare items for digitization by creating an inventory of your collection or prioritizing those items in danger of being lost
    • Describe and organize items in their digital and/or original formats
    • Develop a business case for a shared digital preservation system
  • Training
    • Train staff on digitization
    • Create training materials to build digitization skills
    • Develop and run a training program to help communities digitize their own collections
  • Equipment

Buy or repair digitization equipment

    • Purchase software to digitize textual, photographic or audiovisual materials
  • Funding cannot be used to:
    • Acquire or create new collections
    • Create new oral history recordings
    • Digitize or share material without appropriate rights and/or permissions
    • Digitize books or other published material
    • Create books, articles or other products related to Indigenous languages and cultures

Eligible costs include:

    • Digitization by your organization, a partner or a third-party
    • Consultants and professional services related to digitization
    • Purchase, rental or repair of equipment or software to digitize and preserve material
    • Description, transcription and development of finding aids
    • Shipping and insuring material
    • Salaries and wages to finish your project
    • Training and workshop activities
    • Travel for project staff (must follow the National Joint Council’s Travel Directive)
    • Honorariums and small gifts to Indigenous Elders
    • General administration costs such as office supplies, long-distance telephone calls, postage, project management fees, messenger services (This cannot be more than 20% of the funding we provide)

Ineligible costs include:

Review committee and criteria

An Indigenous review committee will assess applications and make recommendations for funding. This committee will be external to LAC and made up of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Nation representatives from across Canada.

The review committee will base funding recommendations on:

  • Project feasibility and approach
  • Urgency of the work due to the condition of the collection
  • Benefits of the project for the applicant organization, partner organizations, communities, researchers and/or Canadians

How to Apply?

The completed application form must be submitted electronically to

Funding Amount

Small projects

  • Up to $25,000
  • Up to 12 months

Large projects

  • $25,000 to $100,000
  • Up to 12 months

Contact Information

By telephone

National Capital Region: 819-956-4394 or TTY 613-992-6969
Toll free in Canada: 1-833-711-9048 or TTY 1-866-299-1699

By email

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