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Indigenous Collections Access Grant

MOA’s Indigenous Collections Access Grant offers funding to help cover the costs for Indigenous individuals or community groups to travel to MOA to visit with and study the collections and archives.

Who can apply

  • Individuals may apply for up to $500
  • Groups can apply for up to $500 per group member, to a maximum of $3,000

Groups may make multiple collections access visits in a year, but may only apply and receive grant funding for one visit per calendar year.

Application deadline

  • Applications will be accepted throughout the year

Eligible uses of the grant

  • Travel to MOA by air (economy), car (mileage), train, bus, and/or ferry
  • Parking at MOA
  • Car or bus rental
  • Local transportation to and from MOA
  • Accommodation to a maximum of $150/night per room
  • Where short-term lodging is provided at no charge, a payment in appreciation may be provided up to $50/day with a maximum of $150 for the entire duration of the stay

Ineligible uses of the grant

  • Meals
  • Fuel
  • This program is not intended to fund trips whose primary purpose is a vacation
  • You are not eligible for funding if your trip will be paid for by your employer or any other group

How to apply

To apply please complete the following form. You will need to provide contact information, general schedule for your visit, and a simple budget detailing your estimated transportation and accommodation costs.


  • Once your trip is done, we will need dated receipts.
  • For reimbursement, UBC Finance requires SIN numbers for individuals and a GST or Business number for groups.
  • Claims for reimbursement must be made within three months following the trip. Otherwise, the funding will be withdrawn and will be made available to other applicants.

Approval process

We will be in touch with applicants within two weeks of receiving the application. If you have any questions about the Indigenous Collections Access Grant, please contact the MOA Collections Department:, 604.827.4409.

Apply for Access Grant

Banner image: MOA Director Sue Rowley with Musqueam weaver, artist and knowledge keeper, Debra Sparrow. Photo by Alina Ilyasova.