Frequently Asked Questions

The 2020 Repatriation Grants support First Nations and Indigenous communities to bring their ancestors and culture back home. 

The B.C. Government has provided $500,000 to the BC Museums Association to create grants to support Indigenous communities at different stages of the repatriation process. First Nation communities and organizations will be eligible for grants to support repatriation planning, building capacity to take on repatriation projects, and encouraging collaboration with cultural organizations.

The grant guidelines and online application form are available on the BCMA's website.

Since the grant intake opened in September, we've received a number of questions that we've compiled into this frequently asked questions page - this page will be updated as new questions are asked.

-Updated November 4, 2020

Q. Can Project Grants be used to support research? What if I have a research project that requires more than $15,000.00?

A. Yes, Project Grants can be used to support research. Instead of thinking of Research Grants being used only for research and Project Grants being used only for projects, we encourage applicants to think of Research Grants supporting earlier stage repatriation activities (which can include research) and Project Grants supporting larger established activities (which could include larger-scale research activities or activities that have moved beyond the research stage). If you have any questions about the eligibility of your project or research, please contact us at or 250.356.5700.


Q. Can the proposed projects or research extend past March 31, 2021?

A. Yes. The 2020 Repatriation Grants will be as flexible as possible to accommodate your community's needs. If you have any questions about the eligibility of your project or research, please contact us at or 250.356.5700.


Q. If we received funding through the Royal BC Museum's Repatriation Grants, are we eligible to apply for 2020 Repatriation Grants?

A. Yes. The goal of the 2020 Repatriation Grants is to support First Nations and Indigenous communities in BC to bring their ancestors and culture back home, so if you have received funding from other sources (private funding, provincial funding, federal funding), you are still eligible to apply to 2020 Repatriation Grants.


Q. What if the COVID-19 pandemic impacts our project?

A. For public safety, many communities currently do not permit travel due to COVID-19. Travel restrictions may make your repatriation research and activities more challenging or impossible for the foreseeable future. If you wish to postpone travel until 2021, we will strive to accommodate this, please note this request in your application. It is difficult to predict how COVID-19 may impact repatriation activities and timelines and we will work with communities to ensure that projects can be completed safely. 


Q. Can we include capital equipment costs (i.e. funding for the purchase of computers, cameras, vehicles, etc.) in our application?

A. Capital equipment costs are generally not considered eligible expenses, but we understand that every community has unique repatriation needs. If your proposal requires capital equipment, please contact us to discuss your specific needs.


Q. What kinds of expenses can be funded through this grant?

A. For a full description of potential expenses covered by Research Grants and Project Grants visit our website. In general, eligible expenses include travel, research, construction of containers to transport repatriated cultural items, transportation costs, ceremonial costs, and staff time for administration and coordination of the repatriation process.


Q. I'm not sure whether I should apply for a Research Grant or a Project Grant, what's the difference between the two?

A. Research Grants fund up to $15,000.00 for earlier stage repatriation activities and are very flexible with no minimum amount, so please apply even if you only need a small amount of money. Project Grants fund up to $35,000 for repatriation activities that have moved beyond the research stage. If you are unsure which grant to apply for, please contact us to discuss your application.


Q. Can I apply for both a Research Grant and a Project Grant?

A. Yes. You are able to apply to both grants if you have multiple repatriation projects at different stages.


Q. When is the application deadline?

A. The deadline for applications is 11:59 pm on January 15, 2021, or until available