Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
Supporting Arts and Live Events Workers in Response to COVID-19
The Government of Canada is putting measures in place to support the sectors that have been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including live arts and music sectors.
PLEASE NOTE: As of June 10, 2021, the BCAH Program has received significantly more applications for funding than the budget available. As a result, the program will no longer accept applications.
If your organization has already submitted an application, it is under assessment and you will be notified of a decision as soon as possible, as indicated within the Funding Parameters.
Applications are processed on a first come, first served basis, however, the Department reserves the right to apply its discretionary judgment to ensure a diversity of projects that reflects the many perspectives of Canada's cultural life.
For further information on other funding opportunities, please visit: Funding - Culture, history and sport.
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program was created to help you celebrate your community – both its past and its present. This program increases opportunities for local artists, artisans, heritage performers or specialists to be involved in their community through festivals, events and projects. It also allows local groups to commemorate their local history and heritage.
The Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage program offers funding through three separate components:
The Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists, artisans and heritage performers.
Read more about who can apply for funding through the Local Festivals component.
The Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non–recurring local events, with or without a minor capital project. Eligible events and capital projects are those that commemorate the 100th anniversary or greater (in increments of 25 years) of a significant local historical event or personality.
Eligible capital projects such as community art projects, restoration of objects, community history books, statues and murals can be funded up to a maximum $25,000.
Read more about who can apply for funding through the Community Anniversaries component.
The Legacy Fund component provides funding for community-initiated capital projects that restore, renovate or transform an existing building or exterior space (such as a statue, community hall, monument, garden or work of art) intended for community use. Eligible capital projects are those that commemorate the 100th anniversary or greater (in increments of 25 years), of a significant local historical event or personality.
Read more about who can apply for funding through the Legacy Fund component.
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