Legacy Fund – Building Communities through Arts and Heritage

From: Canadian Heritage

Building Communities through Arts and Heritage - Legacy Fund component provides funding for community-initiated capital projects, intended for community use. Recipients may receive up to 50 per cent of eligible project expenses up to a maximum of $500,000.

Due to the current situation caused by COVID-19, the Department is suspending the acceptance and processing of new Legacy Fund applications until further notice.

Organizations wishing to propose a community project can however email PCH.bcah-dcap.PCH@canada.ca with a preliminary summary of the project by answering the following questions:

  • Which organization is proposing the project?
  • What is the exact date of the eligible anniversary to be commemorated?
  • Why is this anniversary significant to the local community?
  • What is the community capital project?
  • How will the project encourage heritage and/or artistic activities intended for and accessible to the general public?
  • What is the approximate total cost of the project?
  • What is the approximate total amount requested from the Legacy Fund?
  • Who are the proposed local project partners?

Please refer to the Legacy Fund guidelines to ensure your project is eligible and to answer the questions to prepare the project summary. A one- or two-line answer per question is sufficient.

Follow-up will be done with your organization when normal operations resume.

Who can apply

Eligible organizations must have been in existence for at least two years and plan to continue operating after the project’s completion. They include:

  • local incorporated non-profit organizations;
  • local band councils, tribal councils or other local Aboriginal government and organizations (First Nations, Inuit or Métis);
  • municipal administrations and their agencies, boards and commissions that demonstrate an active partnership with at least one community-based group for the purposes of the proposed project.

Eligible projects

Funding supports community-initiated capital projects that:

  • commemorate a significant local historical event or pay tribute to a significant local historical personality;
  • mark a 100th anniversary or greater, in increments of 25 years (e.g., 125th, 150th);
  • involve the restoration, renovation, or transformation of existing buildings or exterior spaces with local community significance that are intended for community use;
  • encourage arts and heritage activities in the local community that are intended for and accessible to the general public.

Application deadline

Projects must be submitted before the anniversary date of the event or personality to be commemorated.

How to apply

Contact us

Department of Canadian Heritage
Building Communities Through Arts and Heritage
15 Eddy Street, 8th Floor
Gatineau, Quebec
K1A 0M5

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).

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