Canada Community Revitalization Fund
Now open for applications
Indigenous applicants to the Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) may request additional time to submit applications, taking into account that the CCRF is a time-limited initiative ending March 31, 2023. For more information, Indigenous applicants are asked to contact ACOA as early as possible.
The Canada Community Revitalization Fund (CCRF) aims to help communities across Canada build and improve community infrastructure projects so they can rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. With a national investment of $500 million over two years, the fund’s purpose is to support not-for-profit organizations, municipalities and other community groups, as well as Indigenous communities:
- build new community infrastructure and revitalize existing assets
- bring people back to public spaces safely as health measures ease
- create jobs and stimulate local economies
The fund is being delivered by Canada’s regional development agencies. Eligible applicants can submit an application as of June 23, 2021.
Indigenous applicants are invited to apply through the process described below for projects of all types and sizes. Under the fund, RDAs can contribute up to 100% funding for projects with Indigenous groups.
- not-for-profit organizations or charities
- any municipal or regional government, or bodies providing infrastructure services to communities (e.g. municipalities, rural communities, local service districts, public-sector bodies)
- Indigenous-led not-for-profits and organizations
NOTE: Individuals, businesses and provincial or territorial governments are not eligible to apply to the CCRF
The fund will provide support to:
- adapt community spaces and assets so that they may be used safely in accordance with local public-health guidelines
- build or improve community infrastructure to encourage Canadians to re-engage in and explore their communities and regions.
Eligible projects will be prioritized in the following order:
- Revitalize Downtown Cores and Main Streets
- Reinvent Outdoor Spaces
- Create Green Infrastructure
- Increase the Accessibility of Community Spaces
Examples may include projects involving:
- Downtown cores and main streets
- Green projects and projects that reduce environmental impacts
- Improvement of accessibility
- Farmers' markets
- Community and cultural centres
- Museums and libraries
- Public outdoor community sports facilities and spaces
- Waterfront and tourism facilities
- Multi-purpose centres
- Other existing community facilities for public benefit that have a local community impact and underpin local economies
Further priority will be given to projects that:
- are shovel ready;
- bring in other partners to leverage project funding;
- are of a smaller scope, where the project will be completed quickly so the program benefits will be shared broadly;
- help communities rebound from the effects of the pandemic and contribute to the reanimation of communities, towns and cities;
- can demonstrate measurable direct or indirect social-economic benefits;
- encourage the participation of under-represented groups and take into consideration the unique challenges of rural and remote communities; and/or
- are submitted by July 23, 2021 (23:59 PDT)
Other projects will be considered if funds remain available.
Eligible costs include reasonable and necessary expenses associated with the activities listed above. This includes, but is not limited to, construction materials and contractor fees for building or improving a community asset. A full list of eligible and non-eligible costs will be included in contribution agreements.
For a list of eligibility criteria, please consult the applicant’s guide before starting your application.
Ineligible costs include expenses associated with maintenance and operational activities that typically need to be undertaken on a recurring/annual basis; motorized vehicles; the purchase of a building; and land.
Application intake streams
A one-time special scheduled intake will focus on eligible projects that are ready to proceed. Initial screening will begin during the four-week period. Assessment of applications will begin on July 23, 2021, 23:59 PDT. Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications by this date.
Should there be remaining funding after the scheduled intake period, applications will continue to be accepted and funded on a continuous intake basis over the next two years or until such a time as the allocated funding is fully distributed.
CCRF contributions will be determined based on the minimum amount required to carry out a project and may represent up to 75 percent of total eligible costs. Recipients could receive up to $750,000 per project across provinces. In order to reflect higher construction costs and a shorter construction season, recipients in territories may receive up to $1 million in territories. RDAs may also contribute up to 100 percent funding for projects with Indigenous groups. All contributions will be non-repayable.
Submitting an Application
Before submitting an application, please make sure to consult the applicant’s guide.
Once you are ready, please fill out the CCRF application form online, and then send us your form:
- through the application for financial assistance page; or
- by mail to the ACOA regional office in your province.
To find out if the CCRF fits your needs, contact ACOA Business Information Services at 1-888-576-4444 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. The agents are well versed in existing funding options and can help you submit your project or find other available solutions. You can also find out more about the Government of Canada’s complete suite of COVID-19 relief support.
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