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National Grants - Canada

Documentary Heritage Communities Program (Annual)

    • Financial assistance in the form of contributions, multi-year funding options available
    • Two contributions categories:
      • Small contributions below $25,000
      • Large contribution between $25,000 and $50,000
    • Managed by the Library and Archives Canada
    • Deadline is 7 January 2020 for the 2020-2021 funding cycle
    • Website: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/documentary-heritage-communities-program/Pages/dhcp.aspx
    • Notes: Eligible applicants include non-profit organizations with local regional focus, such as libraries, archives, historical societies, Indigenous organization, Indigenous government institutions. Give yourself ample time if you haven’t applied before - application is fairly lengthy and requires a detailed timeline and budget. Describe project through concrete, achievable, measurable goals. Subscribe to DHCP mailing list for updates.

    Young Canada Works Program (Annual)

    • Funds to hire a student or young graduates (16-30 years of age). Must provide 30 to 40 hours per week of work, but can apply for hours to be split between institutions.
    • Managed by the Canadian Council of Archives for English-language archives and related centres (other Heritage delivery organizations include Fédération des milieux documentaires, Canadian Museums Association, Cultural Human Resources Council, National Trust for Canada).
    • Summer Job Deadlines: January 15 th (in Heritage Organizations-Summer) and February 1 st (Both Official Languages – Summer).
    • Internship Program Deadline: March 15th in 2019 via Canadian Council of Archives
    • Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/young-canada-works/employers.html
    • Notes: Give your organization ample time if you haven’t previously completed an application. Also requires post-grant reporting on projects. Dates may change annually, please check website.

    Legacy Fund – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage

    • Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage - Legacy Fund component provides funding for community-initiated capital projects, intended for community use. Recipients may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenses up to a maximum of $500,000.
    • Eligible organizations must have been in existence for at least two years and plan to continue operating after the project’s completion. They include:
      • local incorporated non-profit organizations;
      • local band councils, tribal councils or other local Aboriginal government and organizations (First Nations, Inuit or Métis);
      • municipal administrations and their agencies, boards and commissions that demonstrate an active partnership with at least one community-based group for the purposes of the proposed project.
    • Eligible projects:
      • Funding supports community-initiated capital projects that:
        • commemorate a significant local historical event or pay tribute to a significant local historical personality;
        • involve restoration, renovation, or transformation of existing buildings or exterior spaces with local community significance that are intended for community use;
        • mark a 100th anniversary or greater, in increments of 25 years (125th, 150th, etc.);

        • encourage arts and heritage activities in the local community that are intended for and accessible to the general public

    • Application deadline: Ongoing. Projects must be submitted before the anniversary date of the event or personality to be commemorated.
    • Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/building-communities/legacy-fund.html

        Canada Cultural Spaces Fund

        • The Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (CCSF) supports the improvement of physical conditions for arts, heritage, culture and creative innovation. The Fund supports renovation and construction projects, the acquisition of specialized equipment and feasibility studies related to cultural spaces. In Budget 2017 the Government of Canada announced an additional $300 million over a ten year period, starting in 2018-2019, to further support creative hubs and other cultural spaces. This additional investment is a part of the social infrastructure component of the Investing in Canada Plan.The Creative Canada Policy Framework outlined a commitment to include and support the work of a broader range of creative disciplines as part of the CCSF investment in creative hubs.
        • The Creative Canada Policy Framework outlined a commitment to include and support the work of a broader range of creative disciplines as part of the CCSF investment in creative hubs.
        • Creative hubs provide Canadian creative talent with access to shared space, equipment and other resources to develop the skills needed to thrive in, and contribute to, the creative economy. These spaces bring together professionals from a range of arts or heritage sectors and creative disciplines where they can build their entrepreneurial skills, create, collaborate and innovate, and help generate new markets for Canadian creativity in all its forms. The CCSF will continue to invest in traditional arts and heritage facilities, such as museums, theatres and performing arts centres.

        • The CCSF annual grants and contributions budget is %54 million for the period 2018-2028

        • To be eligible for funding, your oganization must be:

          • A not-for-profit arts and/or heritage organization operating in a professional manner, incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, or under the equivalent provincial or territorial legislation.
          • A not-for-profit organization, incorporated under the Canada Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, or under the equivalent provincial or territorial legislation, that is proposing the development and management of a creative hub.
          • A provincial/territorial government, a municipal administration, one of their agencies or an equivalent Indigenous peoples’ institution or organization that has historically demonstrated its support to professional artistic or heritage activities including Indigenous cultural practice in their community
            • Federal organizations and Crown corporations are not eligible for funding.
        • The Canada Cultural Spaces Funding receives and reviews applications on an ongoing basis.
        • Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/cultural-spaces-fund.html

        Canada Cultural Investment Fund

        • The Canada Cultural Investment Fund encourages private sector investment, partnership and sound business practices to help arts and heritage organizations be better rooted and recognized in their communities. The CCIF provides support through three components:
          • The First Spark Initiative - New funding opportunity for finding solutions!
          • Endowment Incentives
            • The Endowment Incentives component encourages arts organizations to build new revenue streams. Canadians are encouraged to support the arts by providing donations to an arts organization’s endowment fund. The government provides a funding incentive for these donations. To date, more than 230 arts organizations have received matching funds.
            • Read more about who can apply for funding from this CCIF component
            • Deadline: December 1
          • Limited Support to Endangered Arts Organizations
            • The Limited Support to Endangered Arts Organizations component supports those rare instances where a professional arts organization faces the prospect of closure but there is a high degree of support for its continuation and a viable business/restructuring plan. Assistance can enable an arts organization to restructure, so it can continue to contribute to the community it is serving.
            • Read more about who can apply for funding from this CCIF component
            • Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year.

        Virtual Exhibits Investment Stream (VMC)

        • The Virtual Exhibits investment stream helps Canadian museums and heritage organizations develop online products that engage audiences of all ages, interests and abilities in Canada’s history, heritage and culture.
        • For the 2019 Call for Proposals, eligible institutions were invited to submit a proposal for an online product on the subject of their choice. This type of product provides a complete online experience for users; content can be consumed in any location, without specialized equipment. Examples include virtual exhibits, virtual tours, web-based games, web applications, educational resources, and more.
        • Online products that receive funding through the Virtual Exhibits investment stream must be available online in both English and French for a period of five years following the launch of the product.
        • Next proposal intake period begins June 2020.
        • Website: https://vmc.historymuseum.ca/virtual-exhibits-investment-program/
        • The Virtual Exhibits investment stream includes two sizes of investment:
          • a medium investment of $50,000 to $150,000 (excluding applicable taxes)
          • a large investment of $150,000 to $250,000 (excluding applicable taxes)
        • Not-for-profit Canadian museums and heritage organizations, including equivalent Indigenous peoples’ organizations, are eligible. Members of the Canadian Heritage Portfolio, and institutions currently working on a VMC-funded project that will not launch before the closing date of this call for proposals, are ineligible.

        Community Stories Investment Stream (VMC)

          • The Community Stories investment stream helps smaller Canadian museums and heritage organizations work with their communities to develop virtual exhibits that engage online audiences in the stories, past and present, of Canada’s communities.
          • This stream provides an investment of $15,000 per production
          • Eligibility:
              • A wide range of organizations are eligible, including: museums, art galleries, historic houses and sites, historical societies, libraries, archives, botanical gardens, planetaria, zoos, preservation projects or sites, and professional cultural associations or groups.
              • To be eligible for investment, an organization must also:
                  • Be a not-for-profit
                  • Have no more than five permanent full-time paid staff.
                  • Not currently be working on another project for which it received investment from the Virtual Museum of Canada (applies to Community Stories and Virtual Exhibits streams.)
                      • NOTE: For the purposes of the program, “community” is defined as a group that shares a common history or interest and that may be situated in a specific location in Canada.
          • The budget of the Program is limited. Eligible proposals are evaluated on a competitive basis.
          • The next call for proposals will open 13 November 2019.
          • Website: https://vmc.historymuseum.ca/community-stories-program/

          Provincial Grants – Manitoba

          Manitoba Heritage Program Grants (Annual)

          • Managed by Sport Culture and Heritage Department (Government of Manitoba).
          • Includes: Heritage Grants Program, Community Museum Grants Program, Designated Heritage Building Grants Program (Being replaced in 2020 by the Heritage Resources Conservation Grant), and Military Memorial Conservation Grant (New Grant Program)
          • Website: https://www.gov.mb.ca/chc/grants/heritage_grants.html (view each section for deadline)
          • General Heritage Grants Program covers grants for projects (Special Initiatives, Collections Management, Conservation, Exhibitions, Research, etc). Will fund up to 50% of project expenses.

          Manitoba Heritage Trust Program (Multi-Year)

          • Program seeks to provide long-term sustainable revenue for heritage organizations.

          • Managed by the Winnipeg Foundation in partnership with various community foundations

          • Program duration is April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2021

          • Website: https://www.endowmanitoba.ca/manitoba-heritage-trust-program/

          • Notes: Requires a minimum $2500 to deposit. Designed to amplify fundraising activities through initial partial matching funds from Government of Manitoba.

          Thomas Sill Foundation

          • Grants for Manitoba projects (broad mandate), managed by Thomas Sill Foundation
          • No fixed deadlines for application
          • Website: http://thomassillfoundation.com/guidelines/
          • Notes: Requires that applicants contact the Foundation for information and applications

          Regional Grants – Winnipeg

          Winnipeg Foundation (Annual)

          • Community Grants
            • One time (up to $100,000), due Jan/May/Sept
            • Multi-year (Up to 3 years)
            • Major Capital Grant $100,000 +
          • Professional Development Grants
            • Up to $1,500 for conferences, short courses and workshops
            • Up to $5,000 for management training and/or safety training
            • Ongoing intake of applications
          • Website: https://www.wpgfdn.org/Granting/ApplyforaGrant.aspx

          Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund City-Wide Heritage Program

          • The City-Wide Heritage Program provides financial assistance to individuals and various types of organizations for initiatives that preserve and interpret Winnipeg's rich heritage. Financial assistance is available through Capital Project Grants and Heritage Research and Interpretive Grants under the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund City-Wide Heritage Program.
          • Grant intake ongoing unless deadlines posted online
          • Website for more information: https://winnipeg.ca/ppd/Heritage/IncentivePrograms.stm

          International Grants

          IASA (International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives) Research Grant

          • IASA regularly offers financial awards to encourage and support research and publication within the field of audiovisual archiving and preservation.
          • Research can, but need not, form part of an academic programme.
          • The level of financial support will be determined by the IASA Executive Board individually on a case by case basis, but individual awards will not normally exceed 2,000 Euro. All costs are eligible if the applicant can show clear justification for them within the scope, aims, and purposes  of the project.
          • IASA will only consider applications from IASA members whose membership is in good standing at the time of application.
          • IASA promotes diversity in the audiovisual archiving field and encourages applications from developing countries.
          • IASA will support a research project only if there is evidence that the results are within the scope of IASA's purposes. This includes, but is not limited to the care of, access to, and long term preservation of sound and audiovisual heritage including the development of best professional

            standards and practice for sound and audiovisual heritage. See paragraph 2 of the IASA constitution (www.iasa-web.org/iasa-constitution#intro) for an articulation of IASA’s purposes. 

          • Depending on the scope and the overall duration of a research project, the applicant should arrange appropriately defined project phases. Interim reports should be sent to IASA at the end of each phase. A final report must be submitted no later than two (2) months following the end of the project.

          • The recipient will acknowledge IASA in all papers, presentations, and other publications that reference research supported by IASA.

          • Website: https://www.iasa-web.org/research-grant

          Specific Grants for Indigenous Communities

          Nation Rebuilding Program

          • The Government of Canada has committed to a forward-looking and transformative agenda to renew relationships with Indigenous peoples. Indigenous groups are seeking to rebuild their nations in a manner that responds to their priorities and the unique needs of their communities. Through Budget 2018, funding has been made available for 5 years starting in fiscal year 2018 to 2019, to support activities that would facilitate their own path to reconstituting their nations. Funding is provided annually, for up to 5 years, through contribution agreements. 2018 and 2019 calls for proposals resulted in the selected projects below, some of which are multi-year. The total amount of funding available for this program is $100 million over 5 years, amounting to $20 million per fiscal year to distribute across the country.The objective of the program is to support nation rebuilding efforts that will contribute to aggregation, to increase capacity at the larger nation level.The objective of the program is to support nation rebuilding efforts that will contribute to aggregation, to increase capacity at the larger nation level.
          • The deadline for the 2020 to 2021 call for proposals is February 21, 2020.
          • Objective:
            • The objective of the program is to support nation rebuilding efforts that will contribute to aggregation, to increase capacity at the larger nation level.
            • The provision of this capacity funding will promote:
              • a re-establishment of Indigenous nations
              • an increase in the ability of Indigenous nations to take on greater sectoral responsibilities, thereby facilitating a phased-in approach to self-determination and ultimately self-governance
              • an increase in the sense of unity within Indigenous nations identification and agreement among member communities on priorities for action and approaches to issues
              • a reduction in the duplication of the resolution of issues at the individual First Nation or Indigenous community level by working as a collective at the nation-level
          • Who can apply:
            • Preference will be given to Indigenous nations representing multiple Indigenous communities.
            • Recipients eligible to receive funding under this program are the following:
              • Indigenous nations entities (as self-defined and representing nation-based collectivities - could be linked by cultural or linguistic background, geographical area or historical treaty lines)
              • Nation member communities or member organizations on behalf of nation entities
              • Section 35 rights-bearing Métis entities
              • National and regional Indigenous organizations

              • Self-governing Indigenous governments

          • Eligible activities:
            • Community engagement and consultation
            • Capacity development training and workshops
            • Advisory committees
            • Gatherings aimed at developing culturally appropriate governance structures and institutions
            • Determination of nation level priorities
            • Discussion of issues and opportunities to rebuild as a nation
            • Constitution development
            • Institutional or leadership capacity building development in support of rebuilding efforts and taking on the exercise of rights, including self-government
            • Research and information gathering (Elder interview, archival research)
            • Other initiatives that foster nationhood
          • Eligible expenditures include, but are not limited to:
            • Salaries and wages
            • Accommodations
            • Hardware and software needed for capacity development
            • Administrative costs
            • Supplies and materials
            • Information and training services
            • Travel costs
            • Professional services (for example, speakers, legal advice, coordinators)
            • Event meeting or workshop costs (for example, rentals, related supplies, logistics)
            • Honoraria
            • Communications
          • Proposal Review Process
            • Funding will be awarded to eligible recipients based on proposals received. Proposals will be assessed by an oversight committee against the objective of contributing to aggregation and nation rebuilding and for eligible activities that will contribute to this objective.

            • Funding will be awarded based on the merits of the work plans and alignment with the objectives of the program and not on a first come first served basis.

            • Multi-year funding up to 2022-2023 will be considered for initiatives and activities spanning more than one fiscal year. However, continuation of funding will depend on demonstrable progress reports on proposed initiative and activities outcomes and meeting funding terms and conditions (meeting deadlines for financial and activity reporting as per contribution terms and conditions).

            • For more information on the assessment criteria, please consult the terms and conditions of the Indigenous Nation Rebuilding Program. https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1530890038162/1530890107270

          • Proposal Requirements
            • There is no official application form to be submitted however, proposals for funding under this program must include the following elements to be considered:
              • a summary page clearly demonstrating the following:
          • How does your proposal contribute to aggregation and nation rebuilding by increasing capacity for action at the nation level?
          • Which Indigenous group of the same Indigenous nation is included in your proposal (including a list of communities and associated population size)?
          • a detailed work plan including objectives, planned activities, responsibilities, deliverables and specific timelines
          • the purpose of the funding including a detailed budget
          • terms of reference for consultant services
          • proof that the applicant is mandated to undertake the initiatives on behalf of the individual member communities or organizations (for example, band council resolution, support letters)
          • disclosure of the involvement of any former public servants as per the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service
          • proof that the applicant is incorporated and in good standing
          • a description of how the applicant will report to member communities on the use of the funds received, the activities undertaken and the results achieved
          • disclosure of any and all prospective sources of funding for the initiative, inclusive of all federal, provincial or other government sources that are expected to be received > Website: https://www.rcaanc-cirnac.gc.ca/eng/1530815582699/1530815652516

            Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program

            • The objectives of the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program are to:
              • strengthen Indigenous cultural identity and participation in Canadian society preserve and revitalize Indigenous languages and cultures
            • Indigenous Languages Component
              • The Indigenous Languages Component supports the reclamation, revitalization, maintenance, and strengthening of Indigenous languages through community-driven activities. Expected results include the following:
              • Indigenous communities have access to resources to deliver activities that incorporate Indigenous languages
              • Indigenous individuals and groups are engaged in activities that strengthen Indigenous languages
              • Indigenous individuals and groups are engaged as an integral part of Canadian society and embrace and share their languages with other Canadians
            • Who can apply:
              • To be eligible for funding, you must be a Canadian organization/group, democratically held and managed:
                • Indigenous-controlled not for profit organization incorporated under the Canada not-for-profit Corporations Act or under corresponding provincial or territorial legislation
                • Indigenous-controlled unincorporated not for profit organization
                • Indigenous government and equivalent organization, and its delegated authorities
                • Indigenous-controlled ad hoc committee that have formed to do a specific project
                • For profit Indigenous-controlled organization, provided that the project for which you are requesting funding will not result in income generation for your sole benefit
                • Indigenous-led institution including accredited programs
                • In exceptional circumstances to be approved by the Program, non-Indigenous-controlled not for profit organization, in close partnership with Indigenous-controlled organizations
            • Eligible projects
              • To be eligible for funding from the Indigenous Languages Component, your project must include community-driven activities such as:
                • Capacity building
                • Developing and implementing language plans
                • Organizing and delivering conferences
                • Supporting leadership development towards languages
                • Language preservation and revitalization
                • Developing and delivering community language training programs (e.g. language and culture instruction and camps, language nests, online training, master-apprentice programs, etc.)
                • Developing resources to increase Indigenous language use and proficiency (e.g. books, videos, workbooks, lexicons, language kits, games, etc.)
                • Developing systems for facilitating communications in Indigenous languages (e.g. database, etc.)
                • Developing digital tools to share information, materials and resources among Indigenous languages groups (e.g. website, application, etc.)
                • Recording, documenting and preserving Indigenous languages (e.g. radio and television content, archiving, etc.)
                • Producing and broadcasting radio and television programming
                • Developing and teaching of regular accredited program
                • Community engagement
                • Promoting engagement
                • Cultural development
                • Delivering life skills and wellness programs that incorporate learning of an Indigenous language
                • Delivering festivals and gatherings including pow wows that incorporate Indigenous language promotion or learning
            • Deadline: January 31, 2020
            • How to Apply:
              • Applicants are required to read the Application Guidelines – Indigenous Languages Component contact the Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program of the Department of Canadian Heritage to request an application package and submit the required documentation.
                • First Nation organizations in British Columbia must apply through the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.
                • First Nation organizations in Saskatchewan must apply through the Saskatchewan Indigenous Cultural Centre.
                • First Nation organizations in Ontario must apply through the First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres.
                • Contact Information: Department of Canadian Heritage Indigenous Languages and Cultures Program, 1-866-811-0055 (toll-free).
                • Website: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/services/funding/aboriginal-peoples/languages.html

            Conseil des arts du Manitoba Arts Council (Annual)

              • The Indigenous 360 Learn program supports learning and artistic development activities in all disciplines for professional Indigenous artists, arts/cultural professionals, and Knowledge Keepers.
              • What you can apply for:
                  • Professional development
                  • Artistic mentorships
                  • Cultural mentorships: transmission of knowledge, sharing of customs, values, languages, and practices
              • Who can apply:
                  • Professional artists
                  • Knowledge Keepers
                  • Arts/cultural professionals
              • Grant amount:
                  • Professional development – up to a maximum of $2,500
                  • Mentorship – up to a maximum of $5,000
              • Deadline: March 25 and September 25
              • Website: https://artscouncil.mb.ca/grants/learn/

            Museum Assistance Program (Annual)

            • The Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. The program fosters the preservation of Indigenous culture and facilitates access to heritage collections for all Canadians. It also promotes professional knowledge, skills and practices related to key museum functions.
            • Deadline is November 1 for most components , Exhibition Circulation applications are ongoing
            • The Indigenous Heritage component of the Museums Assistance Program (MAP) provides funding for projects related to the preservation, management and presentation of Indigenous cultural heritage.
            • Who can apply:
                • Applicants must meet the criteria in one of the following three categories:
                    • Indigenous governing bodies or organizations with a mandate to preserve and support Indigenous heritage.
                    • Incorporated non-profit Canadian museums* which:
                        • provide services to the public year-round;
                        • employ the equivalent of one full-time paid professional staff;
                        • have policies for key museum functions; and
                        • have a current three to five-year strategic/business plan.
                    • Museums associations and incorporated non-profit Canadian service organizations whose membership relates to the museum sector which:
                        • provide services to the public year-round;
                        • employ the equivalent of one full-time paid professional staff;
                        • have a current three to five-year strategic/business plan.
            • Eligible museums that are governed by provincial/municipal government or by academic or cultural institutions can apply to MAP, as long as their principal mandate is linked to heritage. They must also have distinct objectives, programs and budgets related to heritage. Federal departments, Crown corporations and agencies are not eligible for MAP funding.
            • Funding priority is given to projects submitted by Indigenous organizations and conducted for the benefit of Indigenous communities. Applications submitted by other heritage organizations are considered when a partnership with an Indigenous heritage group is demonstrated.
            • How to apply:
                • Applicants are required to:
                    • review the Museums Assistance Program – Guidelines for 2020-2021;
                    • contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage to discuss their project and request an application package;
                    • complete and submit an application package.

            Important Resources

            **Thanks to Petra Lundy, Sarah Ramsden, and Marta Dabros for their work developing this resource**

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