Community Anniversaries – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

From: Canadian Heritage

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage – Community Anniversaries component provides funding to local groups for non-recurring local events, with or without a minor capital project.

NOTE: If you are an eligible Indigenous organization and would like to commemorate a Treaty, please contact the Program by email or phone as listed at the bottom of this page.

Who can apply

To be eligible for funding under the Community Anniversaries component, organizations must be:

  • a local, non-profit organization or group;
  • a local band council, local tribal council or other local Indigenous government or equivalent organizations (First Nations, Inuit or Métis); or
  • a municipal administration, a municipal agency or a public authority of the municipality.

Eligible events and projects

Funding is available for non-recurring events that mark the 100th anniversary or greater, in increments of 25 years (e.g., 125th, 150th); of a significant local historical event or personality.

Applicants may request up to 100 per cent of eligible expenses to a maximum of $200,000 for events that:

  • present the work of local artists, local artisans, local heritage performers or specialists, and local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultural carriers;
  • actively involve members of the local community;
  • are intended for and accessible to the general public;
  • may include eligible commemorative items and capital projects up to a maximum amount of $25,000. Examples include community art projects, restoration of objects, community history books, statues and murals.

Requests for funding consistently exceed our available resources. Submitting an application does not guarantee that your project will be funded nor that the amount requested will be the amount awarded.

Application deadline

April 30 for events that will occur during the next calendar year.

For example, if your anniversary is in August 2024, you must apply by April 30 2023.

How to apply

Contact the nearest regional office of the Department of Canadian Heritage to request the Community Anniversaries Guidelines and application form.

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Building Communities through Arts and Heritage
15 Eddy Street, 8th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
J8X 4B3

1-866-811-0055 (toll-free)
1-888-997-3123 (toll-free)

Agents are available to answer your questions, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).

Regional offices of the Department of Canadian Heritage

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