Canada 150

Last Wednesday, reps from the Department of Canadian Heritage presented updated guidelines for the Canada 150 funding program (not to be confused with the Canada 150 Infrastructure funding administered by ACOA). For those who couldn’t make it into St. John’s, here’s a rundown of key points:

Total available funding is $200 million. $120 million will be spent on national and regional projects.  $80 million will be available for community (local) initiatives. Interestingly, there are no regional allocations.

  • Funding is for new projects that are specifically designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary. If you are proposing enhancements to recurring events, you must show how the activities will be substantially different in 2017.
  • Infrastructure projects are NOT eligible under this program.
  • Funding will focus on six (6) key areas:
  1. Arts & culture
  2. Connecting with Nature/Environmental stewardship
  3. Sport, health and active living
  4. History & Heritage
  5. Science & Technology
  6. Civic Engagement
  • Any nonprofit or municipality is eligible. Somewhat surprisingly, for-profit businesses are also eligible as long as they do not use the funded project to generate profit.
  • Projects must have a “citizen lens”. Canadian Heritage wants to see projects that promote active participation and bring Canadians together to mark and celebrate our diversity in inclusive ways.
    How will your project provide opportunities for people to actively participate in its activities, rather than just passively observe? How will your project create opportunities for Canadians of different backgrounds to connect, e.g. linguistic communities, Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, ethno-cultural communities, etc.?
  • While Canada 150 marks an important milestone in Canada’s history, applicants are encouraged to develop projects that celebrate who we are as Canadians in 2017 and who we want to be in the future.
  • Partnerships are strongly encouraged. In-kind donations of goods and/or services will be accepted as a form of partnership.
  • There is no funding limit and Canadian Heritage will, at least in theory, cover up to 100% of project costs. In reality, see note on partnerships above. 
  • Project funding can cover related salary costs.
  • There is no deadline for applications. However, you’ll need to have your application approved by Canadian Heritage at least 4 months before the public opening of your project. Canadian Heritage currently estimates it will take 26 weeks to review your proposal. That means you’ll need to submit your application at least 10 months in advance of your project’s completion. That timeline will be significantly longer for a complex project like an exhibition. 
  • You must contact the local Canadian Heritage Office before submitting an application. Be prepared to pitch your project idea. They’ll let you know if your project is a fit with Canada 150 funding and provide suggestions that may help strengthen your application. 
  • Revenue generation is not a goal of this program. That means your final project must be available to the public for free or at a very low cost. 

Interested in applying? Don't delay. 2017 is just around the corner and this funding won't last long. For additional info and to pitch your idea, contact:

Canadian Heritage | Patrimoine canadien
P.O.Box 5879 | C.P. 5879, St. John's NL Canada A1C 5X4
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