Local Festivals – Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
Building Communities through Arts and Heritage — Local Festivals component provides funding to local groups for recurring festivals that present the work of local artists; local artisans; local heritage performers or specialists; and local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultural carriers. This includes the celebration of LGBTQ2+ communities and Indigenous cultural celebrations.
Who can apply
Eligible applicants must represent one of the following community-based groups:
- a local non-profit organization or group;
- a local band council, local tribal council or other local Indigenous government or organization (First Nations, Inuit or Métis).
In addition, applicants must:
- encourage local community engagement through activities that promote, celebrate, and preserve local performing and visual arts or local heritage; and
- have successfully organized a prior edition of the festival, within the last two years, that met all eligibility requirements of this component.
Eligible projects and events
Applicants may request up to 100 per cent of eligible expenses up to a maximum of $200,000 for festivals that:
- present the work of local artists, local artisans, local heritage performers, and local First Nations, Inuit, and Métis cultural carriers;
- actively involve members of the local community; and
- are intended for and accessible to the general public.
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.
- January 31 – for festivals starting between September 1 and December 31 of the same calendar year
- April 30 – for festivals starting between January 1 and June 30 of the next calendar year
- October 15 – for festivals starting between July 1 and August 31 of the next calendar year
When an application deadline falls on a weekend or statutory holiday, it is extended to the following working day.
Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. (Eastern time).
How to apply
- Review the Guidelines for local festivals component before completing your application.
- Create or access your Canadian Heritage account and apply online.
- Access the mandatory forms, available under the section Guides and help, and submit them with your funding application.
Canadian Heritage Online System Tutorials
- Creating an account in the system: this tutorial shows you how to create an account to access online Services.
- Overview of the Canadian Heritage Online System (CHOS): this tutorial provides a system overview.
- Complete an online application: this tutorial walks through the steps to completing an application to Building Communities through Arts and Heritage Program (BCAH) — Local Festivals Component.
If you are unable to access the online system or apply online for any reason, please contact our support team.
Contact our support team
- 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).
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