History and Heritage Grants in Aid

The Islands Trust established the History, Heritage and Conservation Grant-In-Aid to fund initiatives that contribute to the conservation of the Islands Trust Area’s history and heritage.

Individuals, groups, organizations, First Nations communities or members, or agencies may apply.

Successful grant applicants will receive funding for activities or projects that do one or more of the following:

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  • Expand knowledge about the history and/or heritage of the Islands Trust Area
  • Increase public awareness, understanding and/or appreciation of the history and/or heritage of the Islands Trust Area, including cultural heritage and/or contribute to the understanding of Indigenous Peoples on the island
  • Conserve heritage properties, cultural heritage areas, or preserve and protect archaeological areas or locations

How Do I Apply?

To apply for a grant, applicants must complete, and submit, the History, Heritage and Conservation Grant-in-Aid Application Form, which includes sections about:

  • Your organization or Indigenous community membership
  • The amount of money you are requesting
  • The purpose of the grant project
  • How the grant money will be used
  • How the project will support the preserve and protect mandate and/or reconciliation within the Islands Trust Area

The form is found at the bottom of this webpage.

How Much Money Can I Apply For?

Grant applicants may request funding up to $5,000.  In 2021/22 Islands Trust Council budgeted $4,000 for the grants-in-aid program.

How are Applications Evaluated?

The Islands Trust Executive Committee will review applications on the proposed project or activities perceived ability to contribute to the Islands Trust preserve and protect mandate in the area of history, heritage, cultural heritage, and reconciliation.

All applications must comply with and have no impacts on registered archaeological sites or potential sites.

When is the Grant Application Deadline?

Applications are accepted at any time.

Previously Approved Grants-In-Aid

In the 2018-2022 term, the Executive Committee approved the following grants-in-aid:


  • $2,000 to MakeWay Charitable Society – Atl’ ka7tsem/Howe Sound Marine Stewards to support ocean-based cultural research and education activities that will be conducted in partnership with the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation).
  • $2,000 to Stqeeye’ Learning Society to support the development of an Indigenous-focused land-based curriculum that will be available to Indigenous students from other school districts.


  • $4,500 to Drama Camp Productions to host screenings of the movie Dust n Bones and reconciliation discussions on Salt Spring, Denman and Gabriola Islands, subject to the support of local trustees and affected local trust committees. (on-hold due to COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings)


  • $500 to the Saturnina Foundation to hold an event with First Nations on Saturna Island celebrating the new SENĆOŦEN Dictionary

More Information

If you want to learn more about Islands Trust reconciliation initiatives, please contact:

Senior Intergovernmental Policy Advisor

E: reconciliation@islandstrust.bc.ca

T: 1-250-405-5174